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The director of the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, Berwyn Rowlands, has been presented with the 2022 St David Award for Culture during an emotional in-person ceremony held at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff.

The St David Awards, now in their 9th year, celebrate the extraordinary achievements and contributions of people in or from Wales from all walks of life.

Congratulating the winners, the First Minister, Mark Drakeford, said:
“It’s fantastic to be able to award this year’s St David Awards finalists in person once again. They are an inspiring group of people who deserve to be congratulated on their contribution to Welsh life. Many have courageously and selflessly served others, some are trailblazers in their fields, others have worked tirelessly to protect the environment, and we are lucky to have them all living and working in Wales.”

In response, Berwyn commented: “I’m delighted to accept this award and feel it is something to be shared with everyone who have been involved in guiding the Iris Prize to be the success it is today. It does feel a little strange to be receiving an award; for the past 15 years I’ve been involved in handing them out to film makers from all over the world.”

During a filmed interview, which was screened at the awards show, Berwyn said:“I hope this recognition will allow Wales to take full advantage of what we have created in Cardiff and help us to continue to remind filmmakers that Wales is an amazing place to produce films. 

“As Iris continues to share LGBT+ stories from around the world we are also able to recognise that Wales is a diverse and tolerant country, and that this is celebrated annually when Cardiff hosts the global LGBT+ film making community at the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival.”

Visit the Iris Prize online here.

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