13 New Iris Prize Community Short Films Available To View

Organisers of the Iris Prize have released 13 new short films, including a winner of the 2018 Iris Prize Community and Short Film Awards, 'Côr Blimey' by South Wales Gay Men's Chorus.


The filmcovers the choir's successful journey to compete at the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival. The award-winning film is one of seven made by community groups and organizations in Wales, the remaining films were made by The Office of National Statistics, Wales Audit Office, RainbowBiz, Shelter Cymru, Swansea People First and Glitter Cymru.


Also featured is 'PLUS', made by pupils from Stanwell School in Penarth was voted the winner in the education category of the 2018 Iris Prize Community and Education Short Film Awards. The film asks the question “what exactly does the “+” in “LGBT+” mean? Lucas a pupil at Stanwell takes the viewer on a journey through his school identifying the not-so-visible sexualities, and the stigmas surrounding these minorities.


The new collection includes a further five short films made by pupils from Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Ammanford; Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor; Eastern High School, Cardiff; Lewis School Pengam, Bargoed and Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, Castell Newydd Emlyn.


Launched in 2016 the Iris Prize film library now has 30 short films, which have been produced by community groups and secondary school pupils from all over Wales. Available free of charge on YouTube, the films are all unique telling a different story using comedy as well as hard hitting drama to communicate their message.


Iris Prize Chair Andre Pierce commented; 

“Community groups and school pupils across Wales have been busy over the past 12 months discussing films, putting on mini Iris film festivals and producing their own short films. I’m delighted that 13 new short films will be available to view on our You Tube channel. The stories and themes cover everything from music through to religion and homophobia, which continues to be a problem for LGBT people.”


The films can be viewed by visiting the Iris Prize You Tube channel: HERE.


The main festival sponsors are: The Michael Bishop Foundation, Welsh Government, BFI, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Pinewood Studios Group, Cardiff University, For Cardiff, Gorilla Group, Co-op Respect and Cineworld. The festival also works in partnership with BAFTA Cymru, Pride Cymru and Stonewall Cymru. Iris on the Move is also funded by Film Hub Wales.