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36 short films compete for the 2019 Iris Prize

      

 

19 countries represented in Cardiff final including for the first time Peru, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia

 

The £30,000 prize continues to be funded by The Michael Bishop Foundation

Organisers of the Iris Prize have today (16/08/2019) announced details of the 36 short films competing for the Iris Prize at the 2019 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival. The winning director will be presented with £30,000 to make their next short film here in the UK, supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation.

 

Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented:
“This impressive shortlist represents the very best in LGBT+ storytelling, offering a window into queer lives of the past, present and future. From love stories to tales of persecution, moving documentaries to joyous celebrations of freedom and pride.

“I’m also delighted to include our first films from Peru, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia. This further confirms our role in sharing stories from across the world.

“I can’t wait to see them on a big screen and enjoy the conversations that flow after each screening. The introduction last year of the themed discussions after every screening was popular with our audience – a safe space for all of us to talk and just as important to listen”

As you might expect, as well as reflecting the freedoms many LGBT+ people enjoy, those stories remind us that there are places, often close to home, where those freedoms are either compromised, threatened or non-existent. They take us from the jungles of Peru to rural India, via a Portuguese village and a high-rise flat in Sarajevo.

 

The full list of nominated films:

TITLE

DIRECTOR

COUNTRY           

Black Hat

Sarah Smith

USA

The Booth

Rohin Raveendran

India

Break Me (Knus meg)

Irasj Asanti

Norway

By the End of the Night (Que la nuit s’achève)

Denoal Rouaud

France

Carlito Leaves Forever (Carlito se va para siempre)

Quentin Lazzarotto

Peru/France/Spain

Crash and Burn, Honey

Dawid Ullgren

Sweden

Dante vs. Mohammad Ali

Marc Wagenaar

Netherlands

Delivery Boy

Hugo Kenzo

Hong Kong

Dubs

Anthony Greyley

UK

EQUAL

Gillian Callan

Northern Ireland

FAME

Christian Christian Hödl, Lene Pottgießer

Germany

Ficus (Fikus)

Andrey Volkashin

Bosnia & Herzegovina / North Macedonia

Girl Friend

Chloe Sarbib

USA

Greta

Sparkman Clark

USA

How to Live Your Life Correctly

Xindi Lou

USA

In Case of Fire (Em Case de Fogo)

Tomás Paula Marques

Portugal

Joy Boy

Stef Smith

Australia

Leaking Blue (Azul Vazante)

Julia Alquéres

Brazil

Marguerite

Marianne Farley

Canada

Mini DV

Shauly Melamed

Israel

Miss Chazelles

Thomas Vernay

France

Outdooring

Maxwell Addae

USA

The One You Never Forget

Morgan Jon Fox

USA

The Orphan (O Órfão)

Carolina Markowicz

Brazil

Ponyboi

River Gallo

USA

Renovation (Reforma)

Fábio Leal

Brazil

ruok

Jay Russell

USA

Skies Are Not Just Blue

Lysandre Cosse-Tremblay

Canada

Skin

Audrey Rosenberg

USA

Stigma (Estigma)

David Velduque

Spain

Strangers

Jamieson Pearce

Australia

Terminally in Love

Justin Black, Emily Jenkins

Canada

Thomas Banks’ Quest for Love

Pip Kelly

Australia

U for Usha

Rohan Parashuram Kanawade

India

We Outlaws (红裙下)

Wang Kaixuan

China

Wonder

Javier Molina

USA


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