Mother Knows Best, directed by filmmaker Mikael Bundsen has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Iris Prize, Cardiff’s International LGBT Short Film Prize, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation. The £30,000 prize will allow Bundsen to make a new short film in Wales, becoming the tenth Iris production.
The winners were announced at the Iris Carnival at Cardiff venue Depot on Sunday, marking the culmination of six days of film screenings, talks and forums. The event included a programme of live music, with a special guest appearance by Heather Small.
International Jury chair Brian Robinson said, “Mother Knows Best is a brilliantly scripted and intense short film which uses a great economy of shots to tell a powerful and beautifully acted, universal story in which the realities of a young gay man’s different relationships with his parents are played out.”
For more information on the prize and the winners visit the Iris facebook page.
The Iris Prize is a six-day celebration of LGBT film in Cardiff. The programme includes screenings of 35 international short films competing for the Iris Prize and the 15 Best British Short nominees, as well as feature films, parties, talks, an education day and much more. Iris continues to be the only LGBT short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film.
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 and Pride Cymru.
The Iris Prize Festival returns in 2018 – Date for the diary: 9 – 14 October 2018