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Iris Prize

Venue: The Warren: Theatre Box  |  Genre: Film |  Warnings: Free, non-ticketed (You do not need a ticket to attend)

The home of LGBT film making and the only LGBT short film prize in the world brings its best content to The Warren; with two programmes of three short films: 

Programme A - Balcony, Oh Be Joyful and The Carer.
Thurs 4 May, Sat 6 May, Fri 12 May, Thurs 18 May, Sat 20 May, Fri 26 May, Thurs 1 June, Sat 3 June

Programme B - Thanks for Dancing, Souls and Signs
Fri 5 May, Thurs 11 May, Sat 13 May, Fri 19 May, Thurs 25 May, Sat 27 May, Fri 2 June

11:15pm | Free entry

More information:
2016 saw the celebration of the 10th Anniversary Iris Prize, and what better way to observe this milestone than with more incredible short films in competition than ever before. As always, the outstanding selection showcased the very best in LGBT filmmaking from around the world.

Amongst these six remarkable films we see LGBT stories of love, loss, tragedy and joy. But most importantly, the winners showcase some of the best short filmmaking happening currently – films exceptional in any context.

Balcony (15)
Winner - Iris Prize; Winner - Best British Short Director: Toby Fell-Holden, UK, 17 mins

In a neighbourhood rife with racial tension, a local girl falls for a recent immigrant who is the victim of prejudice and shame. “A powerful film where not a single moment of its 17 minutes was wasted. The lead performance by Charlotte Beaumont was particularly outstanding as she took us on an internal transformation that left us speechless.”

Oh-Be-Joyful (15)
Highly Commended - Best British Short
Director: Susan Jacobson, UK, 13 mins

Rita is about to kick the bucket, but before she does she’s got one final job to do: drag her granddaughter out of the closet. “We commend this for its fine script, terrific performances, and its sheer joy.”

The Carer (15)
Highly Commended - Best British Short
Director: Christine Parker, UK, 15 mins

Ari, a sophisticated and urbane Gay man, moves into a care home and encounters Beau, the beautiful, heterosexual, illiterate former thief who is now his carer. Their unlikely meeting changes the future for both of them.
“This is a film that is unexpectedly uplifting, demonstrating the kindness of the human spirit (and how that can have an important impact and consequence).”


Thanks for Dancing (12A)
Highly Commended - Iris Prize
Director: Henrik Martin Duhlsbakken, Norway, 18 mins

We follow two elderly men and former athletes in the last winter of their relationship. A sweet and deeply moving testament to lifelong love.
“The jury admired the chemistry between the two leads, the dynamic performance of the estranged daughter and its refreshing acknowledgement of homophobia in sports.”

Souls (PG)
Highly Commended - Best British Short
Director: Daniel Gage, UK, 8 mins

When Barrie goes to scatter his husband’s ashes at their favourite mountain peak, he is confronted with the sight of a man about to jump to his death from the cliff edge.
“This is a tale of loss and love, created and sustained for eight minutes.”

SIGN (12A)
Winner - Youth Jury Award
Director: Andrew Keenan-Bolger, USA, 15 mins

Through silent vignettes, music and American Sign Language, SIGN tells the story of a relationship between Ben, a hearing man, and Aaron, who is deaf.
"Sign was a really powerful film, with both music and performances getting an emotional story across without the need for words”.