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Gay bathhouse zombie movie, Sauna The Dead, among those competing for major film prize

Gay bathhouse zombie movie, Sauna The Dead, among those competing for major film prize

Zombie 'fairytale' Sauna The Dead is among those competing for Best of British at this year's Iris Prize festival

The world’s largest LGBTI short film festival, the Iris Prize, is set to return to Cardiff, Wales, from 12-16 October. This will be the festival’s tenth anniversary.

As previously reported, a total of 35 short films will be competing for this year’s £30,000 prize ($39,560/€34,860). On top of this, 15 UK films will be competing for a separate Best of British prize of £20,000 ($26,500/€23,630).

The prizes are awarded specifically to help filmmakers realize their next screen project.

The shortlisted movies for the main Iris Prize were selected from over 300 submissions, while the Best of British prize (sponsored by Pinewood Studios), come from over 100 entries.

Highlights in the latter category include the wittily-titled Sauna The Dead, a 20-minute gay zombie bathhouse movie, and the downbeat and gritty G O’Clock, which offers an inside look at the chemsex party scene.

The team behind the festival have today posted trailers showcasing all the movies screening at this year’s event.

Watch clips from the 35 movies below.

Watch clips of the 15 ‘Best of British’ entries below.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday 16 October at Park Inn City Centre Hotel.

Gay Star News is a media partner of this year’s Iris Prize festival.