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