Cardiff-based LGBTQ+ Film Festival unveils the 36 international shorts competing for the £30,000 Iris Prize

‘The uniting factor in all 36 films is an exhilarating celebration of lives of LGBTQ+ people across the world’.

· Films from 18 countries make the cut to the final 36 international shorts competing for the prestigious £30,000 Iris Prize

· Three films from the UK and three from Ireland make the final shortlist

· Iris welcomes international and domestic filmmakers back to the first face-to-face festival since 2019

(Still from Tank Girl, directed by Erich Rettstadt, from Taiwan)

Organisers of the Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival are delighted to announce the shortlist of 36 films competing for the prestigious Iris Prize for the best international short film.  This year, the festival returns in person from 11 – 16 October.  The box office opens on 16 September, with full festival passes, day tickets, and weekend tickets available.

The shortlist of international filmmakers competing for the £30,000 Iris Prize International Short Film Competition supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation is unveiled.  This year’s shortlist features films from 18 different countries, including three from the UK and three from Ireland.  Full details of programmes and showtimes can be found at Rhaglen / programme | Iris Prize (

Iris Prize has 25 partner festivals who nominated 21 of the shortlisted films, with the remainder chosen by a pre-selection jury.  The shortlisted films are presented in nine separate programmes, with stories ranging from coming-of-age teenage tales, to horror comedies, through a journey encompassing designer babies, and the moving stories of people looking for love and companionship in the autumn of their lives. 8

Berwyn Rowlands, Iris Prize Film Festival Director, said: ‘We are pleased to unveil our fantastic shortlist of the best of the best in LGBTQ+ filmmaking.  We have filmmakers from 18 countries, representing full diversity, actively engaging across the LGBTQ+ community. The uniting factor in all 36 films is an exhilarating celebration of lives of LGBTQ+ people across the world.

‘It is especially poignant to be welcoming our domestic and international filmmakers and guests back to Cardiff, for the first in person, since 2019.  We hope you come to enjoy a festival of film and also take part in the ‘fringe events’ such as the first Iris gig at the legendary Cardiff venues, Clwb Ifor Bach and the other nightly parties during the week.’

IRIS PRIZE 2022 INTERNATIONAL SHORTS, sponsored by The Michael Bishop Foundation:

(Still from Tarneit, directed by John Sheedy, from Australia)

Tarneit | Dir. John Sheedy | Australia

Muhafiz (The Protector) | Dir. Pradipta Ray | India

Enlightened | Dir. Nina Bouchaud-Cheva | France

Breathe | Dir. Harm van der Sanden | Netherlands

Fervor | Dir. José Manuel Vélez – USA

Beautiful They | Dir. Cloudy Rhodes | Australia

Tank Fairy | Dir. Erich Rettstadt | Taiwan

This is Katherine | Dir. Ida H. Eldøen | Norway

Thot or Not | Dir. Dylan Glynn | Canada

Chaperone | Dir. Sam Max | USA

Les démons de Dorothy (Dorothy’s Demons) | Dir. Alexis Langlois | France

St Jude | Dir. Pauline Quinonero | Italy/France

CANS Can’t Stand | Dir. Matt Nadel & Megan Plotka | USA

Peach Paradise | Dir. Shiva Raichandani | UK/US

Lugar Nenhum (Nowhere) | Dir. Pedro Gonçalves Ribeiro | Portugal

Lana Kaiser | Dir. Philipp Gufler | Germany / Netherlands

Write Here | Dir. Jake Muñoz Consing | Philippines

Grown in Darkness | Dir. Devin Shears | Canada

A Wild Patience Has Taken Me Here (Uma Paciência Selvagem me Trouxe Até Aqui) | Dir. Érica Sarmet | Brazil

Hornbeam | Dir. Mark Pluck | UK

Blue Eyes (Blaue Augen) | Dir. Alexander Weber | Austria

Successful Thawing of Mr Moro | Dir. Jerry Carlsson | Sweden

Static Space | Dir. Kate Black Spence and John Klein | USA

Science Around Us | Dir. Arif Abdillah | Netherlands

Oisin | Dir. Alba Fernandez | Ireland

Lambing | Dir. Katie McNeice | Ireland

Forgiveness Day | Dir. Derek Ho | USA

How Not to Date While Trans | Dir. Nyala Moon | USA

Perennial | Dir. Naomi Cubero | USA

What is a Woman? (Hva er en kvinne?) | Dir. Marin Håskjold | Norway

Kapemahu | Dir. Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, Daniel Sousa (Animation Director) | USA

Brutal | Dir. Sam McConnell | USA

Ripples | Dir. Yael Nudelman | Israel

First Date | Dir. Clara Planalles | Ireland

Night Ride | Dir. Erik Tveiten | Norway

Tommies | Dir. Brian Fairbairn | UK

Full details about Iris Prize can be found here: Twitter: @irisprize.

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