Iris Prize Festival

Sun 28th Sep 14: 2014 Iris Prize shortlist confirmed

• films selected from 16 countries for the world’s largest gay and lesbian short film prize supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation

• Cambodia and Chile make it to the final for the first time!

• Old age, including a late night search for Viagra by two old men, identified as one of the major themes

A late night search for Viagra by two aging strangers for a one night stand are just some of the stories tackled by the finalists for the world’s largest short film award. The shortage of the desired blue pill turns out to be a blessing in disguise as the two strangers get a chance to exchange the pleasures of the flesh with the pleasures of the heart.

Organisers of the Iris Prize, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation have today (11/08/2014) announced the 30 films competing for the £25,000 prize, which continues to be the world’s largest international gay and lesbian short film prize.

The films will screen during this year’s Iris Prize Festival which takes place from October 8th - 12th in Cardiff, Wales, (UK). The winner of the Iris Prize will be announced on Sunday 12 October 2014 during the Iris Awards hosted by Amy Lamé.

“Once again the shortlist for the Iris Prize represents the best of the best. Half of the short-listed films have been nominated by our partner festivals – film festivals from around the world that have their fingers on the pulse of upcoming gay and lesbian filmmaking talent. I’m confident that amongst this year’s shortlist of live action, documentaries and 3 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. Five shorts, made with the prize, have been produced since we launched in 2007 and a sixth is just about to start filming. 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 entries for the first time from Cambodia and Chile joining work from Canada, Germany, Brazil, Israel, Norway, Ireland, India, Sweden, Australia, US, Belgium, Portugal, and the UK all making it through to the final. The US has once again secures the largest number of films in competition with an impressive 7 out of the final 30,” said Andrew.

The 30 films competing for the 2014 Iris Prize are:

Aban + Korshid, Darwin Serink (USA)
All God's Creatures, Brendon McDonall (Australia)
Barrio Boy, Dennis Shinners (USA)
Black is Blue, Cheryl Dunye (USA)
Bombshell, Erin Sanger (USA)
Boygame, Anna Osterlund Nolskog (Sweden)
Camouflage, Stephan Kampf, Andreas Kessler (Germany)
Chaleur Human (Human Warmth), Christophe Predari (Belgium)
Cigano (Gypsy), David Bonneville (Portugal)
Das Phallometer, Tor Iben (Germany)
Disaster Preparedness, Melissa Finell (USA)
Einfach - Simple, Markus Wende (Germany)
End of Season Sale, Eli Glazer (Israel)
FH2: Faghag2000, Em LaGrutta (Australia)
Gleisdreieck, Maria Jose San Martin (Chile)
Greco - Roman, Aleksander Godø Alnes (Norway)
I am Syd Stone, Denis Theriault (Canada)
I Love Hooligans, Jan-Dirk Bouw (The Netherlands)
Lives Under The Red Light, Vanna Hem (Cambodia)
Living In The Overlap, Cindy Hill, Mary Dolton (USA)
Middle Man, Charlie Francis (UK)
Mitraa, Ravi Jadhav (India)
Novena, Anna Rodgers (Ireland)
O Nylon da Minha Aldeia (Tissues from the Village), Possidonio Cachapa (Portugal)
One More Night, Jeff Woodward (Canada)
Remission, Christopher Brown (UK)
Surprise, Leslie Bumgarner (USA)
The Package (O Pacote), Rafael Aidar (Brazil)
The Usual, Ruth McNally (Ireland)
Zebra, Julia Ocker (Germany)

More details: www.irisprize.org

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