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Iris Prize - international shorts
To be eligible for the Iris Prize your Short Film must be 39 minutes or shorter and should be by, for, about or of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex audiences and must have been completed within 2 years prior to the submission deadline.
Feature films - work over 39 minutes in length - by, for, about or of significant interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex audiences and which have been completed within 2 years prior to the submission deadline.
Best British - United Kingdom shorts
To be eligible for the Iris Prize Best UK Short you should be a UK citizen or have been resident in the UK for at least three years. Your short film must be 39 minutes or shorter and should be by, for, about or of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex audiences and must have been completed within 2 years prior to the submission deadline.
15 outstanding LGBT+ films; 15 diverse stories representing the past, present & future of queer life here in the UK. These are your 2018 Iris Prize Best British Short nominees...
Director: Joseph A. Adesunloye
UK, 15 mins
Friends Adam (Guetan Calvin Elito) and Luke (Adam Strawford) are the life of the party. When they decide that Luke should host a party at his house, what was meant to be a fun, carefree night without responsibilities turns out to be a nightmare.
Director: Asten Holmes-Elliott
UK, 16 mins
With contributions and participation from over 50 members of the LGBT+ community in and around Glasgow, A Long Line of Glitter is an often-touching overview of Queer life in Scotland’s largest city. Some interviewees grew up there, others saw Glasgow as a place of refuge, whether it was from hometowns further down the line or even – in one case – the far side of the world.
Director: Angela Clarke
UK, 15 mins
Bryan Bale grew up in Cardiff at a time when homosexual acts between men were still illegal. As a young man in the 1960s he moved to London, enjoying everything the city had to offer, and he met the love of his life. With stories that are funny and intensely moving in equal measure, Bryan reflects on the past, while embracing his present and future.
Director: Claire Lawrie
UK, 30 mins
From photographer and filmmaker Claire Lawrie, this charming documentary is a timely exploration of the role black British people played in the LGBT+ movement and how their voices and experiences were often airbrushed out of Queer history.
Director: Jesse Lewis Reece
Producer: Ike Newman & Ania Polewiak
UK, 25 mins
Teenager Jay (Elijah Harris) moves to a new town and joins the local boxing gym, Sharky’s, where he’s taken under the wing of its owner, the aggressive disciplinarian Shane (Kru Lundy). But Jay and Shane have a shared history and a bond that goes beyond the ropes of the boxing ring, and secrets that will cause them to question everything they think they know.
Director: Sam Peter Jackson
Producer: Sam Peter Jackson & Ricardo Noel Frutuoso
UK, 23 mins
For American voice over artist Daniel (David Menkin), life in London is one long autopilot ride of demanding clients and awkward Grindr meets. But when his mother Stephanie (Nancy Baldwin) decides to visit with less than 24 hours’ notice, Daniel is forced to re-evaluate how fully and authentically he is living his life.
Director: Andres Heger Bratterud
Producer: Devorah Corona
UK, 22 mins
72-year-old Stuart has been suppressing his sexuality since childhood. He is a Jehovah’s Witness, and a member of a tightly knit community, but going door-to-door to spread the word risks exposing his secret life to those around him, leading to their judgement and condemnation.
Director: Emma Gilbertson
Producer: Amir Majlessi
UK, 4 mins
Two young men meet on an inner city housing estate, against a backdrop of high rises residential buildings. Are they about to fight or kiss? Crashing Waves explores the tension between both possibilities through expertly choreographed dance in the unlikeliest of settings.
Director: Stephen Isaac-Wilson
Producer: Anais Bremond
UK, 16 mins
From the galvanising effect of “Section 28” through to the alternative fringe of the Second Summer of Love, nights such as HomoElectric and Flesh became a hub of the queer rave scene in Manchester. Fleshback is a celebration of those eventful times, exploring the vivid history, enduring legacy and present landscape of this colourful world.
Director: Abena Taylor-Smith
Producer: Loran Dunn
UK, 9 mins
Amma (Savannah Steyn) is paying a visit to the hairdressers. On the doorstep, she refuses a kiss from her girlfriend Jade (Jade Avia), in case anyone inside should see them. What follows is a slice of life, observed from the salon chair, as Amma dodges questions about why she hasn’t got a boyfriend and listens to the conversations of the women around her, which head into some uncomfortable territory.
Director: Nathalia Syam
Writer: Nathalia Syam and Neetha Syam
Producer: Dominique Unsworth
UK, 4 mins
While a young man, Jas (Harvey Dhadda) prepares to impress his potential bride, his mind strays to a painful secret. In the briefest of snapshots, director Nathalia Syam highlights the conformities of tradition along with the freedom allowed by embracing your true identity.
Director: Dean Anderson
Writer: Matthew Bates
Producer: Sungjun Youn
UK, 16 mins
18-year-old Aaron (Aiden Nord) is stuck in a small town, helping his father Terry (Howard Harling) in a job he hates. His life is soon turned upside-down when he meets Mike (Miles Higson) at a party. Aaron tries to deny his feelings but an unexpected kiss changes everything. Soon, he discovers that some secrets are harder to keep than others.
Director: Garry Robson / Jane Farley
Producer: Adrian Turrell-Watts
UK, 28 mins
Mark Smith (Deaf Men Dancing), Garry Robson (Director of Fittings Multimedia Arts) and legendary Vogue “Mother” Darren Suarez formed the first ever “House” of deaf and disabled performers to walk in the Legendary House of Suarez Vogue Ball in 2017. The company, and this film, explore the traditions of the international Houses of the Vogue movement while bringing their unique perspective to the party.
Director: Kenneth O'Toole
Producer: Darren Baba and Kenneth O'Toole
UK, 8 mins
Nathan (Asan N’Jie) and Zoe (Merika Vine) are catching up in a late night café and discussing plans for Zoe’s wedding and hen party, but when Nathan dons a feather boa, he catches the attention of another customer, Omar (Michael Fatogun). What follows is the story of two possible outcomes, one of hatred and one of desire, but which is the fantasy and which is the reality?
Director: Harry Lighton
Writer: Harry Lighton & John Fitzpatrick
Producer: Sorcha Bacon
UK, 11 mins
It’s the day after Christmas, and Father Conor, a priest from County Cork, drives his nephew to prison to visit one of the inmates. This is modern Ireland, a country that’s often critical of tradition and willing to embrace modern values, but within the prison walls different rules apply, and life is often overshadowed by the threat of violence.