Monday 12 September 2016


The Iris Prize has created a tantalising taste of what's to come at this year's festival by releasing two trailers that reveal both the 35 international short films competing for this year's prestigious £30,000 prize as well as the 15 short films nominated for the Iris Prize Best of British Award. The festival which is celebrating its tenth anniversary takes place in Cardiff and runs 12th – 16th October.
Supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation, the Iris Prize, Cardiff's International LGBT Short Film Prize continues to be the world's largest international LGBT short film prize.  Twenty-five of the 35 films have been nominated by the respective number of partner festivals with 10 chosen by a pre-selection jury from a record number of over 300 films entered through open submissions. 
Here's a taster from all the films:                      
Official trailer 2016 Iris Prize international montage:                           
 The accompanying musical soundtrack is by Singapore-based Welsh teenager, These Brittle Bones (Chris Jones)

This year's selection explores LGBT stories from all corners of the globe including many stories that address the concerns of growing old and explore darker themes from the horror genre, Sweden, Italy, Russia, Australia, Ireland, Spain, India, US, Canada, and for the first time, Taiwan.

In addition, 15 short films are competing for the Iris Prize Best British Short, worth £20,000 and sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group.  These have been selected from a record number of over 100 submissions from all areas of the UK and they take us from teenage years to old age, encountering bullies, drug abuse, lifelong love, random acts of kindness and zombies.

Here's a teasing glimpse of all 15 films:                                                                                                                                                      
Official trailer for 2016 Iris Prize Best of British montage:

The winners will be announced at a lavish awards ceremony on Sunday 16 October at Park Inn City Centre Hotel. This is also the venue for a unique multi-media experience and photographic exhibition by Jon Pountney, supported by Ffotogallery and British Council Wales, which celebrates a decade of Iris film productions.  The exhibition tours around the world in 2017.

In addition, there are a number of feature films being screened as well as a varied programme of education events, the popular Producers Forum offering a day of insightful seminars from significant industry professionals, public talks, networking receptions, and musical performances. The main venues for all festival activity are Cardiff's Cineworld and Chapter Arts Centre.

Box office is now open:
Full list of films and all programme details can be found at :
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