Organisers of the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival have announced that the 14th edition of the Cardiff based festival will go online this October, and will be available for free. They also confirmed that the £30,000 Iris Prize, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation, will be presented to a filmmaker to produce another short film on Saturday 10th October.
The festival will open on Tuesday 6th October and close on Sunday 11th October, with all screenings, talks and events available online for free. There will also be a pay-per-view catch-up service which will run until the end of October. To support this, the organisers have launched their first public fundraising campaign. A short promotional film has been produced to launch the fundraising campaign and confirm that Iris 2020 will be online.
Please support Iris online
The official fundraising campaign has also allowed the marketing team to reveal one of the new characters from designer Ana Jaks. “Morgan” is seen holding a clapperboard and asking the public to support the festival’s fundraising campaign. 2020 will be Ana’s third year supporting the festival’s marketing activity with her colourful designs. The full ensemble of new characters will be unveiled later in the year.
The submission process for 2020 is still open and filmmakers have until 22 June to submit their work.
The main festival sponsors, funders and partners are: The Michael Bishop Foundation, Welsh Government, the BFI awarding funds from the National Lottery, Film4, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Pinewood Studios Group, Cardiff University, BBC Cymru Wales, Bad Wolf, Gorilla Group, Co-op Respect, University of South Wales, Ministry of Sound, Cineworld and Chapter.
The festival also works in partnership with BAFTA Cymru, Pride Cymru and Stonewall Cymru.