Organisers of the Iris Prize have announced the 15 filmmakers who are competing for this year’s Iris Prize Best British Short supported by Film4 and Pinewood Studios.
The films take us into some of our darker depths but also celebrate our moments of pure joy.
Diversity and representation are highly visible in many of this year’s stories.
Iris has produced a trailer of the shortlisted films (below).
Leo LeBeau’s Birthday Boy focusses on a transgender teenage whilst Three Letters from Welsh filmmaker Ian Smith stars former Mr Gay Wales, Paul Davies, who is also an advocate for disability.
Smith, is one of three Welsh filmmakers nominated alongside Eli Blose-Mason and Rosemary Baker who directed the animated Cwich Delien and dramatic Lesbian respectively.
Mencap ambassador George Webster is the charismatic star of S.A.M, directed by Neil Ely and Lloyd Eyre-Morgan who are no strangers to Iris Prize, having both been received Best of British nominations in previous years, with Lloyd winning for the hugely popular Closets.
Interestingly, their frequent collaborator as cinematographer Mat Johns has directed the nominated Inertia.
This marks the continuation of a three-year sponsorship agreement with British producer and broadcaster Film4 which will see all nominated British shorts being available to watch for free on All4 after the festival.
All the nominated films are eligible for consideration for BAFTA and can automatically be entered by the filmmakers.
Organisers said the 35 international short films competing for the Iris Prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation will also been announced shortly with £30,000 prize going to the winning director.
The Iris Prize continues to be the world’s largest LGBT+ short film prize.
The festival opens on Tuesday 5 October and close on Sunday 10 October, with all screenings, talks and events available online for free.
There will also be a pay-per-view catch-up service which will run until the end of October.
Festival sponsors include The Michael Bishop Foundation, Welsh Government, the BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Film 4, University of South Wales, Cardiff University, Co-op Respect, Bad Wolf, Gorilla Group, Peccadillo Pictures, Pinewood Studios, Attitude Magazine, Diva Magazine and The Ministry of Sound.
The festival also works in partnership with BAFTA Cymru, Pride Cymru and Stonewall Cymru.
Short-listed films Best British Short:
- ACRIMONIOUS (UK, 2020) – Director: Olivia Emden
- BABA (UK , 2021) – Director: Sam Arbor and Adam Ali
- BABY BOY (UK , 2021) – Director: Greg Hall
- BIRTHDAY BOY (UK, 2021) – Director: Leo LeBeau
- CWCH DEILEN (UK, 2020) – Director: Efi Blose Mason
- DRAGGED UP (UK, 2021) – Director: Laura Jayne-Tunbridge
- FACTORY TALK (UK, 2021) – Directors; Lucie Rachel and Chrissie Hyde
- FROM A TO Q (UK, 2021) – Director: Emmalie El Fadhi
- INERTIA (UK, 2021) – Director: Mat Johns
- LESBIAN (UK, 2021) – Director: Rosemary Baker
- POP (UK, 2021) – Director: Margot Roe
- S.A.M. (UK, 2020) – Directors: Neil Ely and Lloyd Eyre-Morgan
- SILVER & GOLD (UK,, 2021) – Director: Jack Pulford
- SPLIT SOLE (UK, 2021) – Director: Barnaby Boulton
- THREE LETTERS (UK, 2021) – Director: Ian Smith