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Iris Prize lends support to Welsh-language LGBTQ short film challenge next month

"As a bisexual man, it’s exciting that the competition is celebrating LGBT+ History Month” says host Steffan Alun, pictured

2021-01-26

Words: Jamie Tabberer; pictures: competition host Steffan Alun (provided)

Organizers of the Iris Prize, the Cardiff-based LGBT+ film festival, have confirmed they are working with Welsh broadcasters S4C and Tinint to support a 48-hour short film challenge called HER FFILM FER next month

A £1,000 cash prize is up for grabs for the winner, along with a VIP pass to the 2021 Iris Prize fest.

For more information about the competition and to take part visit herffilmfer.cymru.

For the competition, participants are asked to produce a short, original film that focuses on 'any aspect of lLGBTQ life'. The challenge coincides with LGBT History Month next month.

Starting at 7pm on Friday 12 February entrants will have 48 hours to produce their film, which must relate to a specific theme to be revealed by organisers just before the challenge goes live.

“As a bisexual man, it’s exciting that the competition is celebrating LGBT+ History Month”

Comedian and challenge host Steffan Alun [pictured above] commented: "During such a tough time for the country, I was thrilled to be invited to be part of the Her Ffilm Fer.

“On a personal note, as a bisexual man, it’s exciting that the competition is celebrating LGBT+ History Month – this is a fantastic opportunity for us all to celebrate together.

"To this day, we are well behind as a nation in sharing LGBT+ stories in the media, so this is chance for the challenge e to break new ground. These stories happen every day in the real world and it’s about time that we see our films reflect that.

"This competition is open to everyone, and that’s so important. It’s easy to think, ‘it’s not my place to take part in a competition like this.’ We must change that!

"It sounds daunting – producing a film in just 48 hours! But to be honest, it might be easier to produce something with those restraints. There’s no time to overthink."

The winning film will also be screened at Iris fest in Cardiff, taking place from 5-10 October 2021.

There will also be an opportunity for the winners to further develop their film idea with the Iris Film Academy, a development scheme in partnership with the University of South Wales and S4C.

"This short film challenge is a wonderful way to offer new talent a chance to get support and be recognized"

Berwyn Rowlands, Festival Director of Iris, commented: “The best of the best congregate in Cardiff every October and we have hundreds of filmmakers from all over the world. We want to see local talent feel that they have a relationship with the main awards. This short film challenge is a wonderful way to offer new talent a chance to get support and be recognized.”

“I’m hoping that people who are not LGBT+ realise that the short film challenge is open to everybody! We’ve had straight winners take the main Iris Prize over the years. The important thing is that the filmmakers can present an authentic representation of LGBT+ lives in their stories.”

“As a Welsh speaker growing up in rural north Wales back in the 70s, the idea of creating LGBT+ content in Welsh was never considered. Moving image was a Hollywood experience that happened over there and not over here! This LGBT+ themed short film challenge confirms how far we have come and I’m delighted that Iris is able to be part of the excitement.

“The organisers have also allowed me to be one of the jury members. It’s going to be a very exciting 48 hours.”

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