Words: Steve Brown
Organisers of the Iris Prize announced on Friday (August 16) details of the 36 short films competing for the 2019 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival.
For the first time, in the history of the Iris Prize - for which Attitude are Media Partners - films from from Peru, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia will be screened and 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.
The festival will run in Cardiff from October 8 to 13. Visit here for more information.
Watch the official trailer for this year's Iris Prize below:
Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented: “This impressive shortlist represents the very best in LGBT+ storytelling, offering a window into queer lives of the past, present and future.
"From love stories to tales of persecution, moving documentaries to joyous celebrations of freedom and pride.
"I’m also delighted to include our first films from Peru, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia. This further confirms our role in sharing stories from across the world.
"I can’t wait to see them on a big screen and enjoy the conversations that flow after each screening. The introduction last year of the themed discussions after every screening was popular with our audience – a safe space for all of us to talk and just as important to listen.”
The 36 short films competing for the £30,000 are below:
Black Hat (Dir. Sarah Smith. USA)
The Booth (Dir. Rohin Raveendran. India)
Break Me (Knus meg) (Dir. Irasj Asanti. Norway)
By the End of the Night (Que la nuit s’achève) (Dir. Denoal Rouaud. France)
Carlito Leaves Forever (Carlito se va para siempre) (Dir. Quentin Lazzarotto. Peru/France/Spain)
Crash and Burn, Honey (Dir. Dawid Ullgren. Sweden)
Dante vs. Mohammad Ali (Dir. Marc Wagenaar. Netherlands)
Delivery Boy (Dir. Hugo Kenzo. Hong Kong)
Dubs (Dir. Anthony Greyley. UK)
EQUAL (Dir. Gillian Callan. Northern Ireland)
FAME (Dir. Christian Christian Hödl, Lene Pottgießer. Germany)
Ficus (Fikus) (Dir. Andrey Volkashin. Bosnia & Herzegovina / North Macedonia)
Girl Friend (Dir. Chloe Sarbib. USA)
Greta (Dir. Sparkman Clark. USA)
How to Live Your Life Correctly (Dir. Xindi Lou. USA)
In Case of Fire (Em Case de Fogo) (Dir. Tomás Paula Marques. Portugal)
Joy Boy (Dir. Stef Smith. Australia)
Leaking Blue (Azul Vazante) (Dir. Julia Alquéres. Brazil)
Marguerite (Dir. Marianne Farley. Canada)
Mini DV (Dir. Shauly Melamed. Israel)
Miss Chazelles (Dir. Thomas Vernay. France)
Outdooring (Dir. Maxwell Addae. USA)
The One You Never Forget (Dir. Morgan Jon Fox. USA)
The Orphan (O Órfão) (Dir. Carolina Markowicz. Brazil)
Ponyboi (Dir. River Gallo. USA)
Renovation (Reforma) (Dir. Fábio Leal. Brazil)
ruok (Dir. Jay Russell. USA)
Skies Are Not Just Blue (Dir. Lysandre Cosse-Tremblay. Canada)
Skin (Dir. Audrey Rosenberg. USA)
Stigma (Estigma) (Dir. David Velduque. Spain)
Strangers (Dir. Jamieson Pearce. Australia)
Terminally in Love (Dir. Justin Black, Emily Jenkins. Canada)
Thomas Banks’ Quest for Love (Dir. Pip Kelly. Australia)
U for Usha (Dir. Rohan Parashuram Kanawade. India)
We Outlaws (红裙下) (Dir. Wang Kaixuan. China)
Wonder (Dir. Javier Molina. USA)