Organisation to continue supporting LGBT filmmakers with a greater emphasis on making Iris available across the UK to build audiences for LGBT stories.
Lord Palumbo of Southwark, James Palumbo, the founder and Chair of the Ministry of Sound welcomed guests on Wednesday to “watch films and party” at the iconic venue which has been the heart and soul of London since 1991.
Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, outlined the future vision for the Iris Prize saying:
“We want to share Iris with other cities and towns across the UK. Therefore, we will be looking at how we can work with local partners across the UK in Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and Brighton to name but a few.”
“2016 was a significant milestone for Iris as we celebrated our 10th anniversary. Looking to the future I’m delighted we have confirmed our vision, including a commitment to continue to increase audiences for LGBT films focusing on the 16 to 30 year-olds.”
“Nothing would be possible without our growing number of partners and we are very grateful to them all. Ffilm Cymru Wales and the BFI were with us at the start and I’m delighted that they can continue supporting us. Successive Welsh Governments have also been with us on the journey and we hope as we enter the final year of this three-year agreement they will continue to find a way to allow Iris to grow.
“And as we look to the future I’m delighted that our new LGBT+ Media Partners are going to be the amazing Attitude Magazine and Winq, who will help us spread the word. We are looking forward to working with Matt Cain, who’s doing an amazing job in revitalising that most iconic of publications.”
Matt Cain, Editor-in-Chief, Attitude and Winq, commented:
“Attitude and Winq are delighted to be sponsoring the Iris Prize as the official LGBT+ Media Partners. We’ve been impressed with the way Iris has supported LGBT+ film makers over the past 10 years and believe it has an exciting future. Attitude and our sister publication Winq will contribute to this by sharing the latest news about Iris with our readers both in print and online. We hope to encourage even more people to the annual October film festival in Cardiff to “Watch Films, Party Nightly, Repeat”. And we can’t wait to experience it for ourselves!”
The Iris Prize Festival is a six-day celebration of LGBT film which takes place from 10 through to the 15 October 2017 in Cardiff, Wales (UK)..