2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the Iris Prize, the largest international prize available to an LGBT short filmmaker. Each winner is given a £30,000 budget to make another short film, and to date a total of seven new films have been produced and shown at film festivals around the world. This year saw a record number of films submitted for the Iris Prize, so let’s take a look at some of the best, as well as a previous winner and a film made with the prize itself.
A nightmarish thriller, The Samurai intelligently blends grim with grey matter, playing in the space between barely awake and lucid dreaming. A genre debut for director Till Kleinert, the film shares a frightening tale of an exhausted police officer and his desire to dissuade a wolf from threatening the village.