The Short Cinema 2018: Best of Iris Prize LGBTQ Shorts
For the second year, The Short Cinema is proud to partner with the Iris Prize Festival to screen their latest shortlist of the very best in short films with LGBTQ+ narratives.
The programme will be introduced by CineQ's Rico Johnson-Sinclair.
Suitable for ages 15 and above
About the films
The Iris Prize Festival continues to offer the world’s largest LGBT+ short film prize and the 50 films competing for the Iris Prize Best British and International Iris Prize represent the best of the best. With 30 partner festivals located across the globe the Iris Prize, held in Cardiff each October, has become known as a ‘Gay Short Film Oscars’. The following selection of shorts represent the excellence and breadth of LGBT+ storytelling here in the UK and the wider world.
Winner – Iris Prize Youth Award
Director: Graham Cantwell, Ireland
Together, best friends Lily and Simon navigate the treacherous waters of school life, but when a misunderstanding with the beautiful and popular Violet leads to a vicious attack, Lily is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life.
Eté (One Summer) (15)
Highly Commended - Best British Short
Director: Gregory Oke, UK
Set in the idyllic green hills of Herefordshire, against a soundtrack of vintage French rock, One Summer tells the story a frustrated young sheep shearer and his growing attraction to a colleague.
We Love Moses (15)
Winner - Best British Short
Director: Dionne Edwards, UK
When Ella was 12, she had her first fight. And when she was 12, she discovered sex. Years later, Ella reflects on how her obsession with her brother’s best friend Moses left her with a secret she still carries.
Odd Job Man (12A)
Highly Commended – Iris Prize
Director: Marianne Blicher, Denmark
The story of an older man who gets fired from his job and is promptly left by his wife. His search for new opportunities takes him into a sparkling and colourful world of drag queens and cabaret, but does he dare to seize the moment and pursue a dusty dream?
Mother Knows Best (Mamma Vet Bäst) (15)
Winner - Iris Prize
Director: Mikael Bundsen, Sweden
After introducing her to his boyfriend, an anxious teenager faces the awkward car journey home with his mother. Filmed in one continuous take, the conversation that follows is funny, uncomfortable and touching in equal measure.
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