The Iris Prize Festival continues to offer the world’s largest LGBT short film prize. The 50 films competing for the Iris Prize Best British and International Iris Prize represent the best of the best. With 30 partner festivals located across the globe the Iris Prize has become known as the Short Film Oscars. 2017 was a good year for Iris and the following selection of shorts represent the breadth of LGBTQ+ storytelling here in the UK and also in the wider world.
All five have been classified by the BBFC and are now available as digital files and DCPs to download. They are also available on DVDs.
The films can be screened as individual titles before feature films or programmed as a short film package or as part of a mix of short films.
Format: Digital files, DVD or DCP
Winner – Iris Prize Youth Award
Director: Graham Cantwell
Time: 22 mins
Together, best friends Lily and Simon navigate the treacherous waters of school life, but when a misunderstanding with the beautiful and popular Violet leads to a vicious attack, Lily is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life.
Highly Commended – Best British Short
Director: Gregory Oke
Time: 19 mins
Set in the idyllic green hills of Herefordshire, against a soundtrack of vintage French rock, One Summer tells the story a frustrated young sheep shearer and his growing attraction to a colleague.
Winner – Best British Short
Director: Dionne Edwards
Time: 19 Mins
When Ella was 12, she had her first fight. And when she was 12, she discovered sex. Years later, Ella reflects on how her obsession with her brother’s best friend Moses left her with a secret she still carries.
Highly Commended – Iris Prize
Director: Marianne Blicher
Time: 22 mins
The story of an older man who gets fired from his job and is promptly left by his wife. His search for new opportunities takes him into a sparkling and colourful world of drag queens and cabaret, but does he dare to seize the moment and pursue a dusty dream?
Mother Knows Best (Mamma Vet Bäst)
Winner – Iris Prize
Director: Mikael Bundsen
Time: 13 mins
After introducing her to his boyfriend, an anxious teenager faces the awkward car journey home with his mother. Filmed in one continuous take, the conversation that follows is funny, uncomfortable and touching in equal measure.