IRIS PRE­VIEW

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A six- day cel­e­bra­tion of LGBT film­mak­ing

Each year, the Iris Prize ju­ries are tasked with choos­ing which short film will win the grand­est prize in LGBT film­mak­ing – £30,000 to make an­other film. Past win­ners have in­cluded queen of Sun­dance, Dee Rees and film­mak­ers from as far afield as Nor­way and Aus­tralia. They all re­turn to Iris’ home in South Wales to make their Iris Prize pro­duc­tion with lo­cal crews and then go off into the world to con­tinue mak­ing great LGBT film.

Such a tough job needs an es­teemed jury, bring­ing to­gether fig­ures from around the LGBT com­mu­nity. Pre­vi­ous ju­ries have fea­tured author Sarah Waters, The Wa­ter­melon Woman di­rec­tor Ch­eryl Dunye and Sarah Rotella (Al­most Adults), amongst many other dis­tin­guished char­ac­ters. And we’re very ex­cited to an­nounce that this year DIVA will be part of the ac­tion, with ed­i­tor Car­rie Lyell on the line-up.

“Last year was my very first Iris, so it’s ex­cit­ing to see what’s new this time around,” says Daisy Gould, who joined the Iris team in 2016 and now takes the lead with the fes­ti­val’s mar­ket­ing and so­cial me­dia.

“For those who’ve been be­fore, there’ll be some ex­cit­ing sur­prises, and new vis­i­tors should get to ex­pe­ri­ence the best Iris yet. I’m es­pe­cially look­ing for­ward to ‘Su­per Satur­day’, a mini­awards cer­e­mony that will an­nounce the top three in each of the awards cat­e­gories. So there’ll be lots of ex­cite­ment about who the win­ners will be, plus our Iris Car­ni­val clos­ing the fes­ti­val on Sun­day.”

The car­ni­val is also a new ad­di­tion to the fes­ti­val, which Daisy says should be much more re­laxed than pre­vi­ous years. “We’ve al­ways treated the awards as a for­mal af­fair. This year it’s much more of a cel­e­bra­tion – there’ll be live mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment and a food vil­lage.”

“We al­ways say Iris is a fam­ily. It’s some­thing I didn’t fully un­der­stand un­til I ex­pe­ri­enced my first fes­ti­val. But we all share a com­mon pas­sion for LGBT film, and it’s such a great chance to cel­e­brate that to­gether. Ev­ery­one re­ally is wel­comed with open arms, and now I can’t wait to wel­come more peo­ple to the Iris fam­ily.”

Find out more about this year’s Iris Prize Fes­ti­val at irisprize.com.

THE IRIS PRIZE IS A SIX-DAY CEL­E­BRA­TION OF LGBT FILM WHICH TAKES PLACE EACH YEAR IN CARDIFF. WE CAUGHT UP WITH HEAD OF MAR­KET­ING, DAISY GOULD, TO FIND OUT MORE

The 2016 Iris Prize jury

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