The Iris Prize – the world’s only film festival dedicated to LGBTI-themed short films – returns to Cardiff in Wales this week.
Besides the films contending for the actual Iris Prize itself, organizers will be hosting a groundbreaking youth program of shorts that will be screening this coming Saturday (11 October) at the city’s Chapter Arts Centre at 10am – the venue’s Saturday morning youth slot.
‘We’ve been offering LGBT short films to schools in Wales for a couple of years,’ says Berwyn Rowland, the Iris’s Festival Director. ‘The films have been selected to allow Iris to reach out to a youth audience.’
Each offering has been judged suitable for a 12A audience (the most comparable US equivalent would be PG-13).
GayStarNews – which is a media partner for this year’s Iris Prize – has watched most of the films to be screened. Highlights include Bombshell (dir. Erin Sanger), in which a ten-tear old tomboy, Daisy [pictured], find herself drawn, unexpectedly, into participating in a hate crime when she joins her older brother’s gang for the day.
Middle Man (dir. Charlie Francis) is a humorous look at what happens when a new staff member at a call center for the deaf has to relay a heated exchange between boyfriends Nathan and Paul. The film offers an unexpected twist in its tale.
Zebra (dir. Julia Ocker) is a sweet and short animated film from Germany about a zebra that finds himself standing out from all his fellow zebras after an accident changes his appearance in the most striking fashion.
Greco-Roman (dir. Aleksander Godo Alnes) is a five-minute Norwegian film about a school bully [pictured top] whose father is an Olympic competing Greco-Roman wrestler. One day, to his confusion, the boy secretly spies his father engage in some unexpected moves with a practice partner.
Butterfly (dir. Stuart McLaughin) is a 14-minute, heartwarming and eye-opening documentary about a transgender couple with Asperger Syndrome in Northern Ireland.
The program is completed by Welsh entry, The Passerby (dir. Efa Blosse), which wasn’t available for advance screening at the time of going to press.
The Iris Prize runs from 8-12 October 2014. The Saturday morning (11 Oct) screening will last just under an hour. More information can be found, and tickets booked, via the official website at www.irisprize.org