The IRIS Prize comes to Hand in Hand

We are thrilled to announce that the IRIS Prize will be joining us in St Davids Hall on Saturday 17th August. They will be presenting a fun and varied programme of short films, all filmed here in Cardiff, plus a bonus documentary which happens to have a very topical local gay choral theme.

The IRIS Prize LGBT+ film festival was launched in Cardiff in 2006.It has since gained a reputation as “The Gay Oscars” and has been designated as a BAFTA ‘A’ list festival, drawing film professionals and fans from across the World to Cardiff every year.

The films will be shown on Level 5 at St Davids Hall and will be open to all delegates and day ticket holders. Here is a taster of the films you can see. Each film will be shown 4 times during the day.


Director: Magnus Mork, Norway, 11 min Late night in a burger bar!

Gay and straight, male and female, couples, singles and friends are beautifully observed by Norwegian filmmaker Magnus Mork in this short drama filmed on location in a Cardiff burger bar. Award winner: Sundance Film Festival 2014 – Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble Acting


Director: Tim Marshall, Australia, 12 min Lynn, a lonely elderly woman, finds solace in an unlikely vision of Jesus that happens to be on the shorts of a young African man at her swimming class. Convinced God has sent him to her, Lynn befriends the young man in hopes he will save her from her loneliness.

Followers is a dark comedy drama about faith and loneliness, how the two intertwine and how we all need something or someone to follow.

Wild Geese

Director: Susan Jacobson, UK, 17 min When Amy catches her husband in the act, she falls down a flight of stairs and wakes up with amnesia – believing she is 16 and that the year is 1999. Aside from the wrinkles on her face, Amy is a teenager again – outspoken, hormonal, obsessed with emo poetry and, crucially, fixated with tracking down her high school best friend Polly. Last Amy remembers, they were joined at the hip. But Amy quickly realises that Polly doesn’t want anything to do with her, and Amy just cannot remember why.


Director: Brendon McDonall, 22 min Leon’s loved and lost.

He’s hit ground zero and never wants to go through that hell again. But then he meets someone incredible. Life seems full of possibility again. Inside his molecules are a hot mess and figurative butterflies are doing flash mobs in his tummy. BUT… what if he knew the ending before it even began? What if that ending involved more suffering? With all that painful baggage, could he have a second chance at true intimacy?

Côr Blimey

What happens on tour stays on tour – unless you’re making one of the 36 Iris in the Community short films funded by the Big Lottery Wales. Experience the South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus journey to compete in the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival. The objective was to do better than eighth place.

The IRIS Prize will be celebrating their 13th edition in October and will be selling discounted festival passes at Hand in Hand. You can head to their stall in St Davids Hall to find out more.

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