Words: Alastair James; pictures: Iris Prize
Fans of the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival will be able to see the Best British short films now as they are broadcast on Channel 4 and streamed on the channel’s streaming service, All 4.
From Monday 29 November the 15 LGBT+ films shortlisted for the 2021 Iris Prize Best British Short, supported by Film4 will be available across the UK. It’s part of a three-year sponsorship deal between Film 4 and the Cardiff-based festival.
In 2020 the films in the shorts category were broadcast for the first time to a UK-wide audience, achieving half a million views on All4 and an additional half a million viewers on Channel 4 over the past year.
"A game changer"
The films shortlisted in 2021 explore the breadth of British LGBT+ experiences, including Baba, which became the second film in the Festival’s history to win both its main award the Iris Prize, and the Best British Short award.
The £30,000 prize enables filmmakers Sam Arbor and Adam Ali to make a new short film in Wales, becoming the 13th Iris production.
Baba (Photo: Iris Prize Film Festival)
With stories ranging from drug addiction and workplace bullying to the joyous highs of tender first love and releasing your inner drag king and diverse characters including a transgender teenager to Mr. Gay Wales/Paul Davies, this year’s shorts highlight the wealth of talent working in short film in the UK.
The Festival’s director, Berwyn Rowlands said of the partnership: "We knew that working with Channel 4 and All 4 would be amazing, and we were looking at a game-changer in how we could reach a new audience for the Iris Prize short films."
"Never in a million years did I ever think we would reach so many people, introducing an audience to new and exciting LGBT+ stories," he continued.
Three Letters (Photo: Iris Prize Film Festival)
Tim Highsted, the Senior Editor of Acquired Feature Films for Film4, who chaired the jury for Best British Short, said they were "delighted to continue presenting these short films on All 4 to as wide an audience as possible."
The 15 films shortlisted to compete for the 2021 Iris Prize Best British Short Supported by Film4 are:
Baba – Sam Arbor and Adam Ali - Winner
Cwch Deilen (Wales) – Efa Blosse-Mason – Highly commended
Pop – Margo Roe – Highly commended
Acrimonious – directed by Olivia Emden
Baby Boy – Greg Hall
Birthday Boy – Leo Lebeau
Dragged Up – Laura Jayne Tunbridge
Factory Talk – Lucie Rachel & Chrissie Hyde
From A to Q – Emmalie El Fadli
Inertia – Mat Johns
Lesbian (Wales) – Rosemary Baker
S.A.M – Lloyd Eyre-Morgan & Neil David Ely
Silver and Gold - Jack Pulford
Split Sole – Barnaby Boulton
Three Letters (Wales) – Ian Smith
More information on and images of the shortlisted films and directors are available here.
The films are available on Channel 4 and All 4 now. Watch a trailer for the 2021 Iris Prize Best British Short Films below:
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