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Film Hub Wales - Iris 2015
Filmmakers vying for £30,000 are heading to Cardiff for 2015 Iris Prize festival
  • Film makers from Norway, The Netherlands, India, Australia, Israel, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, UK and The USA on their way to Cardiff vying for £30,000 Iris Prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation
  • Largest British contingency every to attend Cardiff screenings for Pinewood Studios’ Sponsored Best of British Award
  • 40 amazing stories representing the diversity of LGBT life from 18 countries make final short film selections
  • 7 Days and counting before Iris arrives in Cardiff for LGBT film festival – Wednesday 7 – Sunday 11 October 2015!

The world’s largest short film prize is a whopping £30,000 and is presented annually in Cardiff to the Best LGBT short film as decided by an independent jury, chaired this year by popular actress Lynn Hunter.

The Iris Prize, known to film aficionados as the Gay Short Film Oscars, is now in its 9th year and to some the best kept secret Cardiff has, opens on Wednesday 7 October.

As the organisers prepare for the 10th anniversary in 2016, they are determined that the 2015 festival will also make a mark! Taking place at the same time as the Rugby World Cup, the festival’s opening night film is a documentary called Scrum, which follows the trials and tribulations of three men competing during the Bingham Cup – the gay rugby world cup.

The fresh new slogan adopted by the festival team dictates “Watch films. Party nightly. Repeat.” – this is possibly why the festival is popular with both film makers and members of the public, with attendances last year hitting 7,000.

“Access to the film makers is a big part of the Iris appeal,” Festival Director Berwyn Rowlands feels.

“We have an access all areas policy, which basically means members of the public have easy access to the talent attending the festival. The VIP area is shared by everyone – because we don’t have one – every part of the festival is VIP and open to the public,” he added.

2015 is proving to be another popular year for attracting talent to Cardiff, with film makers attending from all over the world. These are just some of the film makers who will introducing their films at screenings in Cardiff:

Films in this year’s programme include:

Baggage, Dir: Sarah Ball (UK)
Bunker, Dir: Vibeke Heide (Norway)
Chance, Dir: Jake Graf (UK)
Charlie, Dir: Shawn Ryan (USA)
Charlie, Prod: John Ainsworth (USA)
Closets, Dir: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan (UK)
Daniel, Dir: Dean Loxton (UK)
An Afternoon (En Eftermiddag), Dir: Soren Green (Denmark)
Hora, Dir: Yoav Brill (Israel)
Intrinsic Moral Evil, Dir: Harm Weistra (The Netherlands)
Mirrors, Dir: Neil Ely (UK)
Quixotic Player, Dir: Jay Bedwani (UK)
Roxanne, Dir: Paul Frankl (UK)
Showboy, Dir: Samuel Leighton-Dore (Australia) (pictured above)
Sundar, Dir: Rohan Kanawade (India)
Sundar, Crew: Vikrant Pednekar (India)
Thirst, Dir: Guy Sahaf (Israel)
No Strings, Dir: Eoin Maher (Ireland)
Paper Thin, Dir: Nataly Leboulex (UK)
Morning is Broken, Dir: Simon Anderson (UK)
Morning is Broken, Prod: James Walker (UK)
Want it, Dir: Lee Haven Jones (UK)

The full festival programme and box office can be found here: or follow Iris on Twitter @irisprize   #iris15


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Film Hub Wales - borderlines
Neighbourhood Cinema Training Opportunities

The Independent Cinema Office are holding two training days in Birmingham and York to support the activities of BFI Neighbourhood Cinema members, as well as offering free in-depth consultancies.

The Birmingham training day will be led by our Head of Cinemas, David Sin and the York training day, by our Director, Catharine Des Forges. Sessions will incorporate presentations offering a helpful background to how the film industry works, audience development (including encouraging attendance by families and children), archive programming, and how best to utilise social media and other marketing tools to grow audiences on a budget.

Monday 9th November Birmingham & Midland Institute (Birmingham) | 10:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 10th November Clements Hall (York) | 10:00am – 5:00pm

These events are free to attend and are open to staff of community cinemas. Places will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and members of the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema scheme will be prioritised.
A free lunch will be provided at each event.

To secure your place, please click here.

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Film Hub Wales - BFI Love Season

Press release: 15 September, 2015 (Download)

Fall in love with film this autumn as Film Hub Wales announces an irresistible Wales-wide season of events.

Film Hub Wales invites audiences across Wales to rekindle their passion for film, as the Film Audience Network launches BFI LOVE in partnership with Plusnet. A season of films to fall in love with, films to break your heart.

As part of the UK-wide BFI LOVE season between October and December 2015, venues will be bringing an alluring selection of 85 screenings and events to audiences right across Wales, from The Magic Lantern in Tywyn, to Castell Coch in Cardiff.

Audiences will be taken on an emotional journey, experiencing the heartbreak and longing of epic love stories like Brief Encounter (1945), charming and light-hearted romantic comedies such as Amelie (2001) and the darkest tales of obsession, betrayal and danger including Fatal Attraction (1987).

From today, the full listing of confirmed Film Hub Wales BFI LOVE events can be found at

Strategic Manager for Film Hub Wales, Hana Lewis, commented: “Audiences have many chances to discover their love for film this autumn at some of the exceptional independent cinemas Wales has to offer. With an array of exciting events arranged, from an immersive multi-media production of Brief Encounter at The Torch, to touring LGBTQI ‘Love Bites’ shorts from Iris Prize, there’s plenty to choose from. Our Film Hub Wales members make BFI blockbusters creative, exciting seasons to look out for. With Chapter as our Hub lead organisation in Wales, we have an unmissable season ahead.”

Heather Stewart, Creative Director, BFI said: ‘‘Film can bring love to life more powerfully than any other art form – it is cinema’s most seductive illusion and has transformed the way we see ourselves, and our love lives. Our season is not about sex. We’re getting back to LOVE: embracing the intimacy of the close-up and the anticipation of the much longed-for screen kiss: the very language of cinema itself.”

The heart-warming and heart-breaking highlights from the Film Hub Wales BFI LOVE offering include:

  • Screenings and singalongs at Castell Coch and Caerphilly Castle: Cosy up under blankets with a loved one in the atmospheric settings of Castell Coch and Caerphilly Castle to enjoy Chapter’s site-specific offerings of twisted and tangled tales. Films include Beauty and the Beast, The Princess Bride and classic silent film, Phantom of the Opera, set to a live score from Steepway Sound Collective and with a musical introduction from Welsh National Opera. Got little ones to entertain? They’re sure to love you even more for taking them along to The Frozen Singalong, with a musical warm up from Welsh National Opera. Chapter will also celebrate the darker side of desire and obsession with Hitchcock and Lynch and Abertoir, Wales’ International Horror Festival is uprooting from Aberystwyth, slicing up their prime cuts of brand new horrors for Halloween night at Chapter. Dates: 9th-10th Oct (Castell Coch) & 20th-21st Nov (Caerphilly Castle).
  • Brief Encounter at The Torch Theatre: Nestled amidst an eclectic film programme throughout Nov & Dec is a stunning multi-media stage production, switching between and blending together live action and film footage, this dramatic and poignant adaptation of Brief Encounter, inspired by Kneehigh Theatre’s hit Broadway version, is set to be the biggest production ever staged by The Torch Theatre Company. With the Theatre foyer dressed to special effect, audiences will be transported back in time for this immersive evening, guaranteed to take them on an emotional rollercoaster from laugher to tears and back. Dates: 8th-24th Oct (The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven).
  • LOVE Bites: Addressing themes including Coming Out, Forbidden LOVE and Illegal LOVE, this selection of LGBTQI short films from the Iris Prize archive have been expertly selected. Details of screenings to be announced soon.
  • Sunday afternoon movies, music and cream teas at The Magic Lantern, Tywyn: Enjoy a delicious cream tea, accompanied by love-themed music and a Sunday afternoon film screening. Films include Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Brief Encounter and A Matter of Life and Death. Dates: Sundays from 25th Oct (The Magic Lantern, Tywyn).
  • L’Amour at Le Monde: Darkened Rooms present French Cinema in the most romantic way possible, with food, drink and great music in a charming location. Dates: 13th & 14th Nov (Le Monde, Cardiff).
  • What’s the Grey Matter with Gregory?: School pupils across Wales take part in an immersive educational event that reimagines Bill Forsyth’s essential teen romance Gregory’s Girl and explore the science behind human attraction before introducing them to the charming 1980s romance. Dates: Jan – Feb 2016 (20th Jan – Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, 27 Jan – Torch Theatre, Milford Haven, 4th Feb – Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold).
  • Further events include a vampire love and Bollywood series at Gwyn Hall, Neath and the evolving theme of love on film at Penarth Pier Pavilion. Audiences can celebrate 100 years of love at the Newbridge Memo, Caerphilly and take a trip to Memo Arts Centre Barry, where programmes will soon be announced.

For more information about the project visit:

Find out more about BFI LOVE at: and on social media: @BFI #BFILOVE



For further enquiries contact:
Dan Thomas: / 07989 971956
Fleur Tucker: / 07703 679227

BFI LOVE participating venues in Wales:

The Magic Lantern, Tywyn

Iris Prize Festival

Torch Theatre, Milford Haven
Penarth Pier Pavilion

Darkened Rooms


Chapter, Cardiff

Newbridge Memo

Gwyn Hall, Neath

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Taliesin Arts Centre
Clwyd Theatr Cymru

About Film Hub Wales:

Film Hub Wales aims to bring more films, to more people, in more places around Wales. Its independent member venues, regularly develop inventive ways for people in Wales to go to the cinema.

Film Hub Wales (FHW) is one of nine UK wide ‘hubs’ funded by the British Film Institute (BFI) to form the Film Audience Network (FAN), with Chapter appointed as the Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO) in Wales. We aim to develop the exhibition sector through dedicated research, training and audience development project support. Since Film Hub Wales set up in 2013, we’ve supported seventy four exciting cinema projects, reaching over 51,600 audience members.

In partnership with our member cinemas, arts centres, community venues, societies, festivals and wider film practitioners, FHW aims to celebrate and support the vibrant cultural film sector here in Wales, working together to expand and increase choice for audiences, regardless of where they live.


Film Hub Wales contacts:
Hana Lewis, Strategic Manager, on 02920 353 740 or
Lisa Nesbitt, Development Officer, on 02920 311 067 /


About Chapter:

A multi-platform venue that presents and produces international art, live performance and film from around the world alongside a social space that welcomes over 800,000 visitors each year. Chapter is a dynamic cultural and community venue with 2 cinemas, theatres, exhibition spaces, a cafe/bar, 60 resident companies in cultural workspaces and rooms for hire for 200 community and cultural groups. In relation to film, Chapter remains the only cultural centre in Wales with a full-time commitments to cultural film programming, two screens, educations programme, Europa Cinema support and access to high-definition digital projection.


About the BFI:
The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  • Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema,
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations,
  • Championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK,
  • Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work,
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world,
  • Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences.


About the BFI Film Audience Network:

The BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) is a major initiative developed by the BFI to enable film and events experts to work in partnership to boost film audiences across the UK, particularly in the areas of specialized and independent British film.

The Network is made up of nine Film Hubs which cover the whole of the UK. Each Film Hub is led by a Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO) that receives funding the BFI to deliver extensive programming, audience development activity and support sector training in their region.



The power of love is cinema’s most seductive illusion, making our hearts beat faster and shaping our dreams and longings. BFI LOVE in partnership with Plusnet, is a major new project that will re-kindle audiences passions for film and television’s most enduring love stories. Truly an affair to remember, the UK-wide season includes over 1,000 screenings at 100s of cinemas, special one-off events, new and rare releases on DVD and BFI Player, education events and innovative interactive content across online and social media.

About What’s the Grey Matter with Gregory?:

This project is being managed by Cinelive, BFI Education, and Film Hubs Scotland, Wales and South East. It is designed for school pupils and not open to the public. Tickets are free and schools will be approached directly to attend.

A visual event: the set design, staging, acting and costumes will provide excellent photo and filming opportunities for press.

Cinelive is an arts education organisation that invites young people to create and immerse themselves in live performance and take part in exceptional learning experiences.

BFI Education helps people of all ages to understand and enjoy film. They run events and courses at BFI Southbank and encourage new audiences into the world of specialist, independent and archive.


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Film Hub Wales - Iris Festival
Gay Rugby World Cup film to open Iris 2015

Gay Rugby World Cup documentary SCRUM to open Iris 2015

SCRUM is one of 14 feature films selected to beef up world famous short film festival!

“…with the pioneering work of out gay ref Nigel Owens, you get the impression Wales is a progressive country.” – Poppy Stockell


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Berlin International Film Festival 2015 (Iris Prize)


Berwyn Rowlands, Festival Director of the Iris Prize and Queer Film Network member, visited the 2015 Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) and wrote this blog about his adventure.

The 2015 Berlinale proved to be everything I had ever dreamt it could be and more!

For the past 25 years people have responded with varying degrees of surprise when I admit that I’ve never been to the Berlin Film Festival. Sundance, Cannes, Edinburgh, Cork have all featured in my film past, each offering different experiences as I visited as a programmer, film producer, media executive or ordinary punter! Some were designated festivals for watching new films while others were places to do business and close deals, almost divorced from any screenings.

Berlin for a number of reasons was never on my list. What a mistake that was!

I was able to rectify this omission and spend 3 days at the 2015 Berlinale thanks to the support of Film Hub Wales. The dates were carefully selected to co-inside with the annual Queer Programmers Meeting co-ordinated by the Teddy Jury. This proved to be the largest gathering of queer programmers and festivals I had ever attended.

With the potential to be completely overwhelmed by the whole experience I kept reminding myself of my objectives for attending:

  • Meeting people – new contacts, sponsors, partners for collaborations!
  • Seeing films and meeting film makers to expand and enrich the Iris programme, especially now that we have increased the number of feature film screenings from 8 to 20!
  • Promoting the Iris Prize to encourage submissions and increase the international audience for the annual Cardiff festival.

I’m pleased to confirm I achieved all my objectives and more by attending the Queer Programmers Meeting, hanging out at the Market Place, attending meetings which I had organized before leaving Cardiff, leaving space in my schedule for unexpected meetings and watching films (not as much as I would have liked).

What was unexpected during my packed 3 days in Berlin was finding the time to “think” – considering how busy and frantic the Berlinale can be – but I found the moments between meetings an opportunity to focus the mind.

I’m already looking forward to returning to Berlin for the 2016 festival.


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Film Hub Wales announces exciting season of film at independent Welsh venues

7th August 2015

Film Hub Wales announces exciting season of film at independent Welsh venues

Film Hub Wales aims to bring more films, to more people, in more places around Wales. Its independent partner venues have been coming up with inventive ways for people in Wales to go to the cinema.

“Film Hub Wales, with Chapter as its lead organisation, is proud to develop this new, innovative season of events, created by Hub members across Wales. This year we’re reaching rural and diverse audiences in Mid, North, South and West Wales, with everything from cinema at sunset, to archive films by the river, with cinemas at the heart of each project.” Hana Lewis, Film Hub Wales’ Strategic Manager

Here’s what’s in store:

The Torch Theatr, Milford Haven

Audiences will experience the great outdoors this August as the Torch Theatre take their spectacular Sunset Cinema programme to heritage sites across Pembrokeshire. Watch Sci-Fi classic, Back to the Future surrounded by a back drop of boats in Milford Haven Marina, or as the sky goes dark, see Christopher Lee play Dracula at Pembroke Castle. More here.

Caught by the River Teifi Festival, Carmarthen 
Introducing a festival of film, music, outdoor living and adventure. Find yourself at family friendly Fforest, Coal Warehouse or River’s Edge from the 10th to 17th August; three beautiful locations which showcase Wales at its best. With Welsh filmmaker Kieran Evans’ confirmed to attend a celebration of his work, features such as Vashti Bunyan, Finister and Kelly & Victor will be screened alongside local rare archive footage of the River Teifi, with everything from coracle demonstrations and DJ sets to get the audiences involved! More here.

Cymryd Rhan and Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold
If you like the idea of watching Paddington with your own marmalade sandwiches spread out on a picnic blanket, then you’re in luck! From July 2015 to March 2016, special film events are popping up across the county of Flintshire.  Don’t miss Pride at Mold Clubhouse on the 28th August! The project is inspired by the Mold Do-It network who specialise in working with old age groups and people with mental ill health, learning or physical disabilities. More here.

Flicks in The Sticks, Powys 
In rural Mid-Wales where filmgoers have to travel long distances to find their nearest cinema, public transport is poor and ticket prices are prohibitive, Flicks in the Sticks are making a difference. For ten community venues in Mid-Powys, volunteer groups are supported to run their own ambitious independent film programmes. From September 2015 to May 2016 expect to see an exciting programme of film filling village halls across the county! More here.

Gwyn Hall and Darkened Rooms, Margam Park, Neath
This September, pop-up provider Darkened Rooms and Neath’s Gwyn Hall will come together for the first time to bring two classic horror films to life in the eerie setting of Margam Park Castle. British film, The Haunting (1963) and the Wolfman (1941), which was based on the Talbot family and their country estate in Wales, will screen as night falls. Local school children will take part in the power of sound workshops with national charity, Into Film Cymru during the day. More here.


Film Hub Wales

Film Hub Wales (FHW) is one of nine UK wide ‘hubs’ funded by the British Film Institute (BFI) to form the Film Audience Network (FAN), with Chapter appointed as the Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO) in Wales. We aim to develop the exhibition sector through dedicated research, training and audience development project support. Since Film Hub Wales set up in 2013, we’ve supported sixty nine exciting cinema projects, reaching over 51,600 audience members.

In partnership with our member cinemas, arts centres, community venues, societies, festivals and wider film practitioners, FHW
aims to celebrate and support the vibrant cultural film sector here in Wales, working together to expand and increase choice for audiences, regardless of where they live.


A multi-platform venue that presents and produces international art, live performance and film from around the world alongside a social space that welcomes over 800,000 visitors each year. Chapter is a dynamic cultural and community venue with 2 cinemas, theatres, exhibition spaces, a cafe/bar, 60 resident companies in cultural workspaces and rooms for hire for 200 community and cultural groups. In relation to film, Chapter remains the only cultural centre in Wales with a full-time commitments to cultural film programming, two screens, educations programme, Europa Cinema support and access to high-definition digital projection.

British Film Institute (BFI)

The BFI was founded in 1933. It is a charity organisation governed by a Royal Charter. It combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals. The BFI awards Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.

Hub Partner details

The Torch Theatr:

Caught by the River:

Cymryd Rhan:

Clywd Theatr Cymru:

Flicks in the Sticks: 

Gwyn Hall:

Darkened Rooms:

Into Film Cymru

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Film Hub Wales - Seven Songs
Seven Songs for a Long Life – available for screening

Seven Songs for a Long Life 

A film for anyone who has ever pondered their own mortality. In a unique collaboration between SDI and the palliative care leadership collaborative, the film will be the centre point of a targeted campaign across the UK during Hospice Care Week (October 5th – 11th).

Available for screening from the 3rd October onwards.

More information here

Contact Rebecca Day for bookings/further details.

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Film Hub Wales - Richard II
Available now! Richard II is available to screen at non-cinema venues.

There’s just one month until Richard II is available to screen at non-cinema venues. Have you booked your screening yet?
You can screen the Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed 5 star production of Richard II directed by Gregory Doran with David Tennant in the title role, as broadcast live to International cinemas on 13 November 2013.

For the first time this acclaimed production is available for public screenings in non-cinema venues – exclusively through Cinegi and for a limited time only!

Whether you are an arts centre, community centre, village hall or any other public venue YOU can book and screen this 5 star production for your audiences this September.

Available 7-30 September only.
Book online now and offer your audiences a unique opportunity to share this acclaimed production together, through a screening at your venue.

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Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2015 comes to Cardiff & Aberystwyth

11th August, 2015
Announcing the dates for the
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2015

We are pleased to announce the dates for this year’s festival, so get these in your diary now to make sure you don’t miss out on another fine selection of Japanese animated excellence. As before, there will be two separate days taking place, one in Cardiff on September 26th and the other in Aberystwyth on October 10th.

The venues are listed below, along with the great films we have on offer.

  • Chapter Arts CentreSaturday
    26th September 2015
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre
    Saturday 10th October 2015

Five Exciting Welsh Premieres!

A Letter to Momo
Cardiff: 11:00am | Aberystwyth: 12:50pm
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
Duration: 2hr
Released: 2011
Rating: PG (infrequent mild bad language)
Momo, while recovering from her father’s death and her mother’s decision to move their family from Tokyo to a remote island, discovers a letter from her father that causes strange events to occur.

Short Peace
Cardiff: 1:15pm | Aberystwyth: 5:20pm
Duration: 1hr 8m
Released: 2013
Rating: 15 (Contains strong bloody violence)

A compilation of four short films:

  • Possessions: A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine. Director: Shuhei Morita.
  • Combustible: A spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan. Director: Katsuhiro Otomo.
  • Gambo: A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon. Director: Hiroaki Ando.
  • A Farewell to Weapons: A tour-de-force saga of men battling robotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo. Director: Hajime Katoki.

Tiger & Bunny: The Rising
Cardiff: 4:00pm | Aberystwyth: 3:10pm
Director: Yoshitomo Yonetani
Duration: 1hr 48m
Released: 2014
Rating: 12 (moderate sex references)
The heroes of TIGER & BUNNY are back in an all-new feature-length film! Picking up after the events of the Maverick incident, Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, a.k.a. Wild Tiger, and Barnaby Brooks Jr. resume their careers as heroes fighting crime in HERO TV’s Second League.

Royal Space Force:
The Wings of Honneamise
Cardiff: 6:30pm | Aberystwyth: 10:30am
Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga
Duration: 2hr 1m
Released: 1987
Rating: PG (brief sexual violence)
Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise is a 1987 Japanese animated science fiction film directed and written by Hiroyuki Yamaga. In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program.

Perfect Blue
Cardiff: 8:45pm | Aberystwyth: **
Director: Satoshi Kon
Duration: 1hr 20m
Released: 1997
Rating: 18 (strong violence, nudity and language)
** Not available at Aberystwyth.
Perfect Blue is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller-horror film directed by Satoshi Kon. The film follows Mima Kirigoe (voiced by Junko Iwao), who becomes a victim of stalking after she decides to leave a Japanese pop idol group.

Come along and enjoy another great day of Japanese Films, Food, Friends and Fun.

Tickets for any of the films, and raffle tickets will be available nearer the actual date, so please contact the venues for further details. Full programme line-up and details of the raffle prizes will be published over the coming weeks on our website here.

Please keep an eye on the Kotatsu Festival website for the very latest information, and if you have any questions, please feel free to email us. Contact details can be found below, and on our website.

Kotatsu Festival Team


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Ticket Prices

For ticket and booking information please contact:


Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road

Tel: +44 (0)29 2030 4400


Aberystywyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth University
SY23 3DE

Tel: +44 (0)1970 62 32 32

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Film Hub Wales - Tomgirl directed by Jeremy Asher.
18 countries compete for £30K LGBT short film prize

10th August 2015: Press release

  • films from 18 countries compete for £30,000 Iris Prize – the world’s largest LGBT short film prize supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation
  • Czech Republic make it to the final for the first time!
  • 17 year old Lucas Helth Postma from Denmark becomes youngest finalist!

17 year-old Lucas Helth Postma (pictured) from Denmark becomes the youngest Iris Prize finalist. Boy, his accomplished short film is one of three from Denmark competing for the 2015 Iris Prize. The film tells the story of 16-year-old Emilie who has always been a boy inside although his mother cannot accept the way he feels. During an Easter lunch he decides to do something drastic, which has its consequences.

Organisers of the Iris Prize, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation have today (10/08/2015) announced the 30 films competing for the £30,000 prize, which continues to be the world’s largest international LGBT short film prize.

The films will screen during this year’s Iris Prize Festival which takes place from October 7th – 11th in Cardiff, Wales, (UK). The winner of the Iris Prize will be announced on Sunday 11 October 2015 during the Iris Awards hosted by Amy Lamé.

“Once again the shortlist for the Iris Prize represents the best of the best. 20 of the short-listed films have been nominated by our partner festivals, including for the first time ShanghaiPRIDE in China. These film festivals from around the world have their fingers on the pulse of upcoming LGBT filmmaking talent.  I’m confident that amongst this year’s shortlist of live action, documentaries and animated films we have yet another winner deserving of the Iris Prize,” said Andrew Pierce, Festival Chair.

“Iris is recognised for supporting talented film makers from all over the world. Seven shorts, made with the prize, have been produced since we launched in 2006. Iris is more than just a trophy that gathers dust or a certificate that yellows on the wall. Iris is what film makers need – funding, support and guidance,” added Andrew.

“It’s great to see films from all over the world represented in the shortlist with an entry for the first time from the Czech Republic joining work from Canada, Germany, Brazil, Israel, Norway, The Netherlands, Ireland, India, Australia, US, Portugal, New Zealand, Mexico, Chile, Denmark, and the UK all making it through to the final. The US once again secures the largest number of films in competition with an impressive 8 out of the final 30 with Denmark in second place with three films,” said Andrew.

The 30 films competing for the 2015 Iris Prize are:

A Straight Journey – days and nights in their kingdom
Dir. Masamojo
Country: China

Boa Noite Cinderela – Goodnight Cinderella
Dir. Carlos Conceicao
Country: Portugal

Dir. Meg Smaker
Country: USA

Dir. Lucas Helth Postma
Country: Denmark

Dir. Vibeke Heide

Dir. Shawn Ryan

Dir. Sarah Smith
Country: USA

Dir. Dean Loxton
Country: UK

Elgin Park
Dir. Danny Yourd
Country: USA

En Eftermiddag – An Afternoon
Dir. Soren Green
Country: Denmark

Falling Angels
Dir. Maria Winther Olsen
Country: Denmark

First Clue
Dir. Susan Sullivan
Country: USA

Dir. Luis Hernández de la Peña
Country: Mexico

Dir. Martin Edralin
Country: Canada

Dir. Tony Radevski
Country: Australia

Dir. Yoav Brill
Country: Israel

In The Hollow
Austin Bunn
Country: USA

Intrinsic Moral Evil
Dir. Harm Weistra
Country:The Netherlands

No Strings
Dir. Eoin Maher
Country: UK

Dir. Ondrej Hudecek
Country: Czech Republic

San Cristobal
Dir. Omar Zuniga Hidalgo
Country: Chile

Dir. Samuel Leighton-Dore
Country: Australia

Sobre Papeis – Paper and Jeans
Dir. Pedro Paulo De Andrade
Country: Brasil

Dir. Rohan Kanawade

The Little Deputy
Dir. Trevor Anderson
Country: Canada

Dir. Guy Sahaf
Country: Israel

Tits on a Bull
Dir. Tim Worrall
Country: New Zealand

Dir. Jeremy Asher
Country: USA

Dir. Arkasha Stevenson
Country: USA

Way to Hell – Fahrt Zur Holle
Dir. Henning Beckoff
Country: Germany


The 2015 Iris Prize Festival will present 6 main awards:

  1. The Iris Prize – Cardiff’s International LGBT short film prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation is valued at £30,000 and remains the only short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film.
  2. Iris Prize Best British Short sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group and valued at £14,000 will be presented for the second time in 2015.
  3. Iris Prize Best Feature Award valued at £1,000 is sponsored by Martin Brigs and presented to the best new feature screened at the festival.
  4. Best Actor in a Feature sponsored by Gay Star News
  5. Best Actress in a Feature sponsored by Gay Star News
  6. Iris Prize Youth Jury Award sponsored by Cardiff University and presented to one of the short films as selected by a jury of 10 between the ages of 14 and 17.

Important Dates:

  • The full Iris Prize Festival programme will go live on Tuesday 25 August 2015.
  • The Box Office will open on Monday 7 September 2015. (Members Priority Booking opens Wednesday 26 August – through Sunday 6 September).
  • The festival takes place in Cardiff and opens on Wednesday 7 – Sunday 11 October 2015.

Further Details:
Berwyn Rowlands, Tel: +44 (0)29 20232744, Mobile: +44 (0) 7860 818294

Notes to Editors:

The Iris Prize – Cardiff’s International LGBT Short Film Prize is supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation and continues to be the only LGBT short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. Iris is what film makers need – funding, support and guidance. The winner receives £30,000 to make their next short film in the UK. 

Past winners, include Dee Rees (US) – 2007, Till Kleinert (Germany) – 2008, Eldar Rapaport (Israel/US) – 2009, Magnus Mork (Norway) – 2010, Daniel Ribeiro (Brazil) – 2011, Grant Scicluna (Australia) – 2012 and Tim Marshall (Australia) – 2013 and Brendan McDonall (Australia) 2014.

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Silent Horror Shorts Vol II

Abertoir, Wales’ International Horror Festival are back with a  new collection of early silent horror shorts from the dawn of the 20th century. This collection features the lighter side of cinema’s first adventures into the realms of the macabre and the other-worldly. The four films, which delightfully embrace both the sinister and the just-slightly-bananas, are set side-by-side with one of the truly classic dark films of silent horror.  All of these films are accompanied  by a specially commissioned score by the Abertoir Horror Festival whcih will be performed live by silent film pianist Paul Shallcross.

The films in the package are:

Un Homme de Têtes (1898)
Georges Méliès, France, 1 minute.
Written, directed and acted by the great French innovator of early film Georges Méliès and featuring four decapitated heads, all of them belonging to Méliès.

Une Excursion Incohérente (1909)
Segundo de Chomón, France 9 mins.
A family day out in the woods turns into a day of horror. Chocolate worm cake, maggot roll and mice eggs are all on the menu as Chomon treats us to one of his finest surrealist fantasies.

Prelude (1927)
Castleton Knight, UK, 8 mins.
“To be buried alive, is beyond question, the most terrific of the extremes of agony which has ever fallen to the lot of mere mortality.” A man sits reading these words of Edgar Allan Poe and in the darkened room familiar objects soon acquire a sinister overtone; a tolling bell, a funeral procession, falling earth, a struggle beneath the shroud. A beautifully crafted dark film inspired by Rachmaninov’s famous Prelude in C sharp minor.

The Thieving Hand (1908)
J. Stuart Blackton, U.S.A. 6 mins.
An artificial arm is endowed with an uncontrollable instinct for thievery. It takes over the life of an innocent purchaser and leads him to the only place where the arm can feel safely at home. Originally made as a comedy the film’s realistic stop-motion portrayal of the very mobile artificial arm has earned it a well-deserved place in the annals of early horror.

The Haunted House (1921)
Buster Keaton, U.S.A. 21 mins.
Keaton’s spoof on the then popular ghost-house genre is packed to the rafters with gags and stunts to delight all audiences. Apart from Keaton himself, the starring role in this film is taken by none other than a collapsing staircase.

For more information on this new package of short films and how you can book them please visit the Abertoir Website 


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New LGBT stories in Welsh
  •        New Short Film scheme to support Welsh Language LGBT stories
  •        S4C and Ffilm Cymru Wales work in partnership with the Iris Prize
  •        Short film to premiere at festival’s 10th anniversary in 2016

Organisers of the Iris Prize have launched a new Welsh language LGBT short film scheme supported by S4C and Ffilm Cymru Wales via BFI NET.WORK.

The aim of the scheme – called Straeon Iris (Iris Stories) – is to encourage more LGBT stories for the screen, from Wales, about Wales, and in Welsh. The scheme is open to individual writers and also writer and director teams and will focus on developing up to six short film scripts before selecting one to go into production.

“We have been sharing our stories with as wide an audience as possible for almost 10 years. During this time we’ve seen some amazing LGBT stories in many languages from all over the world. As we reach our 10th anniversary I think it is only appropriate for Iris to look closer to home and support LGBT story telling through the medium of the Welsh language,” said Andrew Pierce Festival Chair.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with S4C and Ffilm Cymru Wales, who, between them have an unprecedented track record for supporting Welsh talent in Welsh and English. Through this partnership we will see LGBT stories from Wales in Welsh reach an international audience as we tap into our global network of partner festivals in 15 countries,” he added.

Gwawr Martha Lloyd, S4C Content Commissioner for Drama says; “Straeon Iris is a truly exciting project and we’re looking forward to working in partnership with the Iris Prize Festival and Ffilm Cymru Wales. As well as being an advocate for new Welsh drama, S4C is committed to reflecting diversity on screen. Straeon Iris promises to be an exciting opportunity for a cross section of voices to be heard, and will take the Welsh language across the world.”

Tracy Spottiswoode, BFI NET.WORK Manager at Ffilm Cymru Wales added, “Straeon Iris is an important addition in our commitment to supporting diversity, reflecting the rich variety of voices and stories from Wales. This exciting opportunity follows our recent Welsh language script writing scheme Y Labordy and current short film initiative Beacons/Bannau, and we’re looking forward to expanding our work with the Iris Prize Festival, who we’re pleased to have supported since they started!”

The finished film will premier in Cardiff during the Iris Prize Film Festival’s 10th anniversary celebrations in October 2016.

Full details about the scheme are available at  

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