2021 Programme
The 2021 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival programme is available to view online in the United Kingdom until the 31 October.
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Short Films 2021
A sex worker and a driver form an unusual partnership. A young man, new in town, wanders its dangerous streets, searching for his date. A newcomer and a performance artist take a tense cab ride across 1980s New York. A young couple invite a stranger into their apartment and then their bed.
These are hard-hitting, uncompromising stories, dealing with themes of violence, sexual exploitation, racism, and desire.
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Short Films 2021
Here are five films that take a long, unflinching look at the darker side of LGBT+ life, exploring workplace bigotry, drug-fuelled depravity, grief, loneliness and the viciousness of bullies. But if all that sounds a little bleak, they are also compelling stories, with great writing and superb performances, and there is even a bittersweet happy ending or two!
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As the title suggests, this programme is guaranteed to raise a smile, its five films charming, life-affirming stories of queer life and love, ranging from magical animation to heart-warming dramas and a romantic encounter between two human statues on the Southbank!
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In God’s Daughter Dances, a beautiful transgender woman faces the prospect of national service in the army, while in De La Terreur, Mes Soeurs, a Goth girl and her friends embark on a candy-coloured fantasy of revenge. Though the films in this double bill address the cruelty and prejudice Trans people face, ultimately they are tales of triumph, empowering, uplifting and occasionally outrageous, and a cinematic two-fingered salute to the transphobes!
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Life-changing encounters, the love and support of friends and a fabulous night out in Rio for a group of young black Favelados. These four films, from Sweden, France, Spain and Brazil, really capture the excitement and trepidation of being young and queer.
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Short Films 2021
As single mum Jessica attempts to impress her new girlfriend over breakfast a mysterious stranger arrives, telling Jessica’s daughter Robyn that she looks just like his mother. As confusion and tensions rise, his connection with their family becomes apparent.
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Doorstep flirtation with a delivery guy, a toe-curling train station encounter between couples, the unusual meeting of a motorcyclist and a transgender performing artist, and a beautiful tale of burgeoning romance. With a nod to the black and white movie written by gay actor and playwright Noel Coward, this programme is all about chance encounters, good, bad and simply awkward.
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Short Films 2021
As Covid-19 ravages the US a gay man contemplates returning to his family in China, leaving behind his boyfriend and a way of life. In Japan, a transgender man must choose between city life with his girlfriend and remaining in the community where he grew up. In Berlin a gender fluid student bonds with their Vietnamese grandmother and the traditions of their ancestors.

The title of this programme is a line from Jackfruit, the last of these films, but it’s a theme present in all three stories from East Asia and the diaspora communities of the west.
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Short Films 2021
In these documentary shorts we hear from those facing persecution in Tanzania, and a transgender reality star in Israel looking back on her moment in the spotlight. In Australia, a lesbian couple look back on a lifetime of love and activism, while a transgender pioneer describes his journey from child actress to body builder. All four films are a powerful, enriching opportunity to understand the past and work towards a better future.
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Short Films 2021
Iris has been sharing stories from around the world for 15 years, so it’s always a pleasure and a privilege when we can share some from places new. Encompassing drama, documentary and a music video, these films take us to Russia, Iran, Bulgaria, war-torn Libya and the First Nation community of Manawan, Quebec. Globally, the rights and freedoms of Queer people vary greatly, and though these films shine a light on the terrible difficulties many still face, they also offer messages of hope.

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2021 Programme
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The Iris Online Pass allows you unlimited access to all 12 programmes of short film from this year's programme and six of the features from this year's programme from the time they screen in Cardiff until the end of October.
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Short Films 2021
This programme is just a taster of some of the great Lesbian shorts you’ll see this year at Iris. With loud and proud performance poetry and intimate character studies, boldly daring animation and a love story told in reverse, this is also a showcase of excellent women directors, both experienced filmmakers and exciting new talent alike.
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Feature 2021
Caz returns home to the farming community of Rūrangi, New Zealand, having transitioned in the decade since he left, and seeking to rebuild relationships with friends and his estranged father. Slowly, wounds begin to heal, and old flames rekindle.
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Feature 2021
Dominic has a fetish… for himself. Nothing turns him on more than his reflection. Discovering a deep family secret, he is soon entangled in a web of sex, revenge and redemption!
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Feature 2021
A powerful tale of love and friendship in the Soviet Airforce, set during the Cold War. Based on a true story.
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Feature 2021
A one-night stand that becomes something more - an unconventional love story between two young men.
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Feature 2021
Set in the hyper-masculine world of teenage water polo, Not Knowing holds a mirror up to what it means to be young and gay in so many places around the world.
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Feature 2021
Reunited 20 years after the end of their ill-fated love affair, two women embark on a day-long journey around the charming island of Büyükada to try and lift an old spell while taking a trip down memory lane.
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Feature 2021
Van returns to his family in Vietnam, taking with him his Vietnamese-American boyfriend Ian. But with his mother expecting him to marry and raise a family, will he ever find the right time to come out? Screening in partnership with Queer East Film Festival.
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Short Films 2021
A poetic proclamation of lesbian identity, a moving documentary portrait of an estranged son, a heartbroken divorcee finding happiness, a story of hope and pride on the war-torn streets of Tripoli, and two young men from one of the tougher parts of London experiencing an all-too-brief moment of intimacy. These five short films are for those who survive and thrive, whatever the circumstances.
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