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Iris Prize LGBTQ film festival announces juries for 2021 International and Best British Shorts

The Iris Prize's physical event returns to Cardiff from 5-10 October 2021.

2021-09-03

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Provided

Iris Prize has announced the jury members for the Best British and the international Iris Prize categories for this year's festival, taking place in October.

The chosen winners will be revealed on the closing night of the festival.

An eight-strong panel of jury members will be watching 35 international short films to choose the £30,000 prize winner.

This year’s chair Rasheed Bailey is joined by acclaimed Swedish filmmaker and former Iris Prize nominee David Färdmar, along with last year’s Iris Prize winner from The Netherlands, Victoria Warmadamer (Short Calf Muscle), Best British winner 2020 Michael J Ferns (Better) and audience award winner-Carla Fraser (Wings).

The other jury members are Lewis Bayley, Industries Relationship Manager for Rose Bruford College (previously with Bournemouth Film School); Diva Magazine’s Roxy Bourdillon; and East Film Festival programmer Yi Wang.

The Iris Best British Short Supported by Film4 jury is chaired by Tim Highsted, Film4’s Senior Editor of Acquired Feature Films. Joining Tim will be Alfie Dale, Best British winner 2019; Emma Goswell, broadcaster and producer of Virgin Radio Pride’s The Weekend Outing; Brighton-based filmmaker Jayne Rowlands; Jamie Weston, filmmaker/writer of Iris Audience Award-winner, Wings; and Nicky Wild, Seasonal Strategy Manager/Planning Team, Coop Respect.

"Do I need to mention our inaugural winner Dee Rees who went on to be Oscar-nominated?"

Berwyn Rowlands, Festival Director, commented: “You can tell a lot about a festival from looking at the jury, and this year is no exception.

"The 2021 jury includes filmmakers, some are old friends, others are new friends to Iris. The jury also includes actors, journalists and a cross-section of the public who share Iris’ interest in LGBT+ stories.

"They have an important job to do - winning a prize at Iris can be a huge help for a filmmaker... do I need to mention our inaugural winner Dee Rees who went on to be Oscar-nominated? However, I also know that each year our jury, as well as our audience, also get to see the best of the best as we share some amazing LGBT+ stories.”

The Iris Prize's physical event returns to Cardiff from 5-10 October 2021.

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