2019 Iris Prize

Black Hat Wins 2019 Iris Prize

BLACK HAT, a drama set within LA’s Hasidic community and directed by Sarah Smith, wins the £30,000 2019 Iris Prize for an international LGBT+ short film.

Teen trans drama MY BROTHER IS A MERMAID, directed by Alfie Dale, wins the awards for Best British Short and the Audience and Youth Awards.

Black Hat, directed by US director Sarah Smith, has been announced as the winner of Cardiff’s annual international LGBT+ short film award, the Iris Prize. Her film tells the story of a closeted Hasidic Jewish man living in Los Angeles and was a second nomination for Sarah and producer and writer Philip Guttman, who were shortlisted for their comedy D. Asian in 2015. She is the fourth woman to win the prize.

The £30,000 prize, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation, allows Sarah to make another short film here in the UK. Eleven films have been produced by Iris Prize winners to date, the first being Colonial Gods, from Academy Award-nominated writer and director Dee Rees (Mudbound).

The winner of the Best British award, sponsored by Pinewood Studios, is My Brother is a Mermaid; a magic-realist story about a trans teen living in a dilapidated seaside community. The film, directed by Alfie Dale, was also the winner of both Cardiff University’s Iris Prize Youth Award and the Buzz Magazine Audience Award.

Best Feature went to And then We Danced, a romantic drama set in a prestigious Georgian dance academy, with special mentions going to UK director Hong Khaou’s film Monsoon and the documentary Changing the Game.

Best Performance in a Male Role went to Monsoon’s star Henry Golding(Crazy Rich Asians, A Simple Favor), with Best Performance in a Female Role being won by Linda Caridi from the Italian comedy Mom + Mom (Mamma + Mamma).

The awards took place during the Iris Carnival at Cardiff’s Tramshed, with live music from BLɅCKƎLVIS, a “food village” supplied by Co-Op.

The winner of the Iris Prize was announced by writer and producer Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk, Doctor Who, Years and Years).

To find out more about this year’s winners and the Iris Prize visit their website.

2019 Iris Prize