Iris Prize Festival

Iris Prize Festival


30 films selected for the world’s largest gay and lesbian short film prize
  • 8 UK filmmakers make the final closely followed by 6 from the US.
  • Japan, Thailand and Switzerland make the final for the first time joining, Germany, Brazil, Israel, France, Norway, Australia, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Spain, US and UK.
  • UK filmmakers Andrew Steggall and Hong Khaou, Juanma Carrillo from Spain, Christopher Banks from New Zealand and Daniel Ribeiro from Brazil make it to the final for the second time and Eric Gernand from the US for the third time!
  • Stories include a French terrorist seducing a soldier sent to track him, a bored housewife in small town Germany, an African American teenager grappling with his identity, and two men meeting for sex on the outskirts of Barcelona who end up discussing their mortgage rates instead.
The 30 films to compete for the prize, the world’s largest international gay and lesbian short film prize, have been announced by festival organisers in Cardiff, UK. The winner will be offered a chance to make a new short film with the prize valued at £25,000.
The films will screen during this year’s Iris Prize Festival which takes place from October 5th – 8th in Cardiff.
“The shortlist for the 2011 Iris Prize once again represents the best of the best. Half of the short-listed films have been nominated by our partner festivals – film festivals from around the world that have their fingers on the pulse of upcoming gay and lesbian filmmaking talent. I’m confident that amongst this year’s shortlist we have yet another winner deserving of the Iris Prize,” said Christopher Racster, Iris Patron and LA based Producer.
“Iris is now recognised for supporting talented film makers from all over the world. Two shorts, made with the prize, have been produced since we launched in 2007 and a third is just about to start production later this month. Iris is more than just a trophy that gathers dust or a certificate that yellows on the wall. Iris is what film makers need – funding, support and guidance,” added Christopher.
“It’s great to see films from all over the world represented in the shortlist with entries from USA, Germany, UK, Brazil, Israel, France, Norway, Australia, Ireland, India, New Zealand and Spain all making it through to the final. The UK has got the largest number of films in competition with an impressive 8 out of the final 30,” added Christopher.



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