Essential Film Festivals: Iris Prize Film Festival, Cardiff

Established in 2007, the Iris Prize Film Festival, Cardiff’s International gay and lesbian film festival is the world’s largest short film prize (£25,000), the only one of its kind in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. The festival is an annual event and takes place in Cardiff, Wales. In 2014, the 8th festival will run from 8th October to 12th October at Cineworld Cardiff and Chapter Arts Centre.

The Gay & Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered film festival this year includes feature films, short films, panel sessions, parties and screening of all 30 short films completing for the Iris Prize.

The Iris Prize Film Festival, Cardiff highlights include: Jayson Bend: Queen and Country, the world premier from director Matt Carter about the first gay secret agent, which opens the festival. Land of Storms, a story of sexual awakening and self discovery from director Adam Csazi; Melting Away, from director Doron Eran, this is the first Israeli film to deal with transgender issues and; Tru Love, a feature film and love story, co-directed by Kate Johnston and Shauna McDonald. The story, with themes of loss, love and acceptance, centres on three women whose lives are entwined: Newly widowed Alice, her friend Tru and Alice’s daughter Suzanne.

Iris Prize Film Festival

Film Festival Location

Cardiff is a popular holiday destination offering a wealth of culture, historic buildings, shopping, restaurants and nightlife. The lively city centre has a healthy gay and LGBT scene with many gay-friendly bars, clubs and pubs: Pulse was voted best club in Wales by readers of the Pink Paper; The Eagle recently celebrated its 3rd birthday and has established itself as a popular gay men’s bar, located near; Bar Icon on Charles Street another popular gay venue with a dance floor. The Golden Cross Inn is a long-standing gay pub and originally a girlie-bar for sailors in the 19th century coal boom which today offers themed nights including live music, karaoke and drag shows.

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Film Festival Accommodation

Park Inn Cardiff City Centre is an excellent choice, situated in the heart of Cardiff and close to business and shopping areas and the Millennium Stadium and offering modern accommodation and a choice of dining options.  Rooms are spacious and having been refurbished, offer the best in comforts together with all modern amenities, as expected from a first-class hotel.  The on-site restaurant RBG Bar & Grill serves grilled options including gourmet burgers, steaks and seafood. The bar offers a bar snack menu and a choice of specialty cocktails.


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