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Iris Prize 2017
October 10 - October 15| varies
Organisers of the Iris Prize have announced programme details about the Cardiff based LGBT film festival, which will include 10 feature films and more international guests than ever before.
They also confirmed the Co-op as a major new partner of the six-day celebration of LGBT film. In addition, the Co-op has arranged for singer Heather Small well known for being lead singer of M People with hit songs including “Proud” – to perform a selection of songs at the festival in her capacity as a Co-op Respect Network partner.
The Iris Prize Festival 2017 in numbers
9 programmes of short films competing for the Iris Prize
3 programmes of shorts competing for the Iris Prize Best British
3 programmes of shorts on Super Saturday when we discover the finalists
10 new feature films with many screening twice
6 question and answer sessions with visiting feature film directors
4 amazing talks with topics covering “Women and Film”, “Dementia and Us”
1 Producers Forum
1 opening night celebration and post screening party
4 film makers and pass holders lunches at: The Stable (Wed), Juboraj Mill Lane (Thu), Park Inn (Fri) and Chapel 1877 (Sat)
5 late night parties in Park Inn, Pulse, Chapell 1874, Kings, and tbc
1 amazing Iris Carnival an all-day extravaganza combining, food, film and music with Heather Small
The full programme is available at www.irisprize.org
Neil Moffatt, a member of the Co-op’s Respect Network steering group and member of the Iris Prize Best British jury, explained:
“With a programme which includes screenings of 35 international short films competing for the Iris Prize and the 15 Best British Short nominees, as well as premiere screenings of 10 feature films, networking opportunities and an Education Day for schools there will be much to celebrate.
“At the Co-op we promote a culture of respect, raising awareness to ensure that inclusion is at the heart of what we do. We are proud to support events such as Iris which brings issues of discrimination into focus.”
Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented:
“What will you see in Cardiff? This is our new strapline which we have adopted for Iris in this our 11th year, our second decade and we are determined to be fresh and relevant – therefore this year you will notice some changes to the festival programme.”
“To bring the festival to a close we are organising our biggest party every – that’s the promise as we present the inaugural Iris Carnival an all-day extravaganza combining, music, food and film. We are taking over the Depot on Dumballs Road and the delightful Heather Small will be headlining our sound stage and Matt Lissack, from Capital FM is back by popular demand to present the Iris Awards Show.”
“The carnival will also include the Co-op Food Village which involves a number of its local Welsh suppliers including: Boss Brewing Company; Village Dairy; Frank’s Ice Cream; Radnor Hills Mineral Water Co; Village Bakery; Edwards of Conwy and the Authentic Curry Company. The food village is an excellent way to demonstrating a flavour of the diversity of great Welsh food and drink available in its stores across the UK.”