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Iris Prize

Iris Prize

Tuesday, 09 October 2018 until Sunday, 14 October 2018

All the winners and nominees here

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 Film

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.


35 outstanding LGBT+ short films from 20 countries. These are the 2018 Iris Prize nominees.

This is the very best in LGBT+ storytelling, offering a window into queer lives of the past, present and future. 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.


Director: Vikrant Dhote

Writer: Vikrant Dhote, Saurabh Kulkarni

Producer: The Humsafar Trust

India, 20 mins


Director: Rikke Alma Krogshave Planeta

Producer: Michelle Ann Nardone

Denmark, 6 mins

Bachelor, 38

Director: Angela Clarke

UK, 15 mins


Director: Severine de Streyker, Maxime Feyers

Belgium, 20 mins

Crashing Waves

Director: Emma Gilbertson

Producer: Amir Majlessi

UK, 4 mins


Director: Manuel Kinzer, Jorge A. Trujillo

Germany/Colombia, 15 mins

Don’t Call Me Bro

Director: Gina Wenzel

Germany, 19 mins

For the Good Times

Director: Andres Daniel Sainz

Producer: Loinaz Jauregi

Spain, 30 mins

Girl Talk

Director: Erica Rose

Producer: Chelsea Moore

USA, 17 mins

How I Got to the Moon by Subway

Director: Tyler Rabinowitz

Writer: Tyler Rabinowitz, Jack Healy

USA, 13 mins

Losing Sight of a Longed Place

Director: Ka Chun Shek, Chun Long Wong


Hong Kong, 8 mins


Director: Mahaliyah Ayla O

Producer: Mahaliyah Ayla O & Vita Esperança Amore

USA, 23 mins

Michael Joseph Jason John

Director: Scott T. Hinson

Producer: Matthew Drennan, Scott T. Hinson, Victor Mignatti, Dora Naughton

USA, 10 mins

Mrs McCutcheon

Director: John Sheedy

Writer: Ben Young

Producer: Andre Lima, Jenny Vila

Australia, 16 mins

Our Skin

Director: João Queiroga

Producer: Kevin Gorey

Portugal / USA, 17 mins

Pink Pill

Director: Xiaoshan Xie

Producer: Liang QIAO

China, 30 mins


Director: Marc-Antoine Lemire

Producer: Maria Gracia Turgeon, Marc-Antoine Lemire

Canada, 23 mins

Profane Cow (Vaca Profana)

Director: René Guerra

Writer: Gabriela Amaral Almeida

Producer: Juliana Vicente

Brazil, 16 mins


Director: JP Horstmann

Producer: Mariella Frey, Nadine Schulte

Germany, 16 mins

Sleepover (Sova över)

Director: Jimi Vall Peterson

Producer: Lovisa Charlier

Sweden, 9 mins

Something About Alex (Anders)

Director: Reinout Hellenthal

Writer: Paul Bontenbal

Producer: Reinout Hellenthal, Francois Pieneman

Netherlands, 19 mins


Director: Volker Petters

Producer: Thomas Blieninger, Ole Wilken

Germany, 16 mins


Director: Meaghan Palmer

Producer: Varun Swaminathan and David Morris

Australia, 15 mins

The Other Side (Al otro lado)

Director: Rodrigo Alvarez Flores

Mexico, 15 mins

The Red Tree (L’Albero Rosso)

Director: Paul Rowley

Writer: Paul Rowley, Luca de Santis

Ireland / Italy / USA, 20 mins

The Shit! (An Opera)

Director: Kevin Rios

USA, 7 mins

The Things You Think I’m Thinking

Director: Sherren Lee

Writer: Jesse LaVercombe

Producer: Charlie Hidalgo, Sherren Lee

The World is Round So that Nobody Can Hide in the Corners, Part 1 – Refuge

Director: Leandro Goddinho

Brazil / Germany, 13 mins

There You Are

Director: Lisa Donato

Writer: Jen Richards

USA, 17 mins

Three Centimetres

Director: Lara Zeidan

Producer: John Giordano

Lebanon/UK, 9 mins

War Room

Director: Ben Hantkant

Israel, 15 mins

When the World Changed

Director: Anderson Clark

USA, 30 mins

Wild Beasts (Villdyr)

Director: Sverre Kvamme

Norway, 10 mins

Wren Boys

Director: Harry Lighton

Writer: Harry Lighton & John Fitzpatrick

Producer: Sorcha Bacon

UK, 11 mins

Zero One

Director: Nick Neon

Producer: Darlene Javier

USA, 24 mins



After a chance encounter introduces Nina to Magda, events begin to spiral out of everyone’s control.

A Moment in the Reeds

Two young men spend a few days discovering one another during the Finnish midsummer.


An often mind-bending and daring exploration of obsession and desire.

Cola de Mono (uk premiere)

It's Christmas Eve, 1986, and Borja is a precocious teenager with a passion for film. As his family comes together, the suffocating Chilean heat, free-flowing drinks, and repressed desire lead to the eruption of long-held secrets.

Dykes, Camera, Action!

Lesbians didn't always get to see themselves on screen. Female filmmakers share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they've expressed queer identity through film.

Just Friends (Gewoon Vrienden)

When Joris and Yad meet, the spark is instant. But will true love have a chance to blossom? A charming romantic comedy.

Eva + Candela (¿Cómo te llamas?) (UK PREMIERE)

Eva + Candela are two strong, independent women, drawn together by a powerful attraction and a shared desire to take on the movie world. But can their relationship withstand the gradual transformation from infatuation to routine?

Postcards from London

Art, fantasy and sexuality come together in this vividly shot film as Jim (Harris Dickinson) moves to the bright lights of London in search of like-minded souls with a love of culture and art.


Shot in stark black and white, 1985 takes us back to the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis, as Adrian returns to his family's home in Texas with a secret.

Fairytale (Favola)

America. The 1950s. Mrs Fairytale spends her days locked in a Technicolor fantasia where all her hopes and dreams would appear to have come true. But something troubling lurks behind the polished veneers.

Evening Shadows

When Vasudha’s son comes out to her as gay, her entire world comes crashing down around her. Their village in Southern India exists within a cocoon of tradition, and she has no-one to turn to dispel her fears and doubts.


Leo is 22 and sells his body for cash on the outskirts of Strasbourg. The men may come and go, but Leo is looking for something more in this often tender exploration of broken hearts and lost souls.

Anchor and Hope

Living on a houseboat in London, Kat and Eva are a pair of free spirits, but when Kat’s gregarious friend Roger pays a visit, a drunken conversation about parenthood becomes a plan that will test their relationship to its limits.

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.

A Long Line of Glitter

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.

Bachelor, 38

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.

Beyond ‘There’s always a black issue Dear’

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.

Clothes and Blow

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.

Crashing Waves

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.

Fleshback: Queer Raving in Manchester’s Twilight Zone

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.

Ladies Day

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.

The Unlimited House of Krip

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?

Wren Boys

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.


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