2021 Programme
This is the only pass you need to access everything Iris has to offer in 2021. This “beauty” is your gateway to 6 days of amazing cinema, talks, receptions and your Iris in a Box with just £140.
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2021 Programme
Full Price: £90
This is your gateway to a weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of amazing cinema, talks, food and receptions.
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2021 Programme
Full Price: £50
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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2021 Programme
For just £25! Available to pre-order from Friday 10 September.
Delivery will take place during the last week of September in time for opening night!
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Tue 05 Oct 2021
Live Event
19:00
PREMIERE CINEMAS
Opening night is always a special evening for Iris where we come together as an LGBT+ community, together with our straight allies to share with the world films with a strong Welsh flavour, representing the wider Iris family, which includes high end content, community and films made by young people.
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Wed 06 Oct 2021
Short Films 2021
10:30
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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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Short Films 2021
12:15
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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 mixed race couple takes 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
14:30
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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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Iris Industry
15:00
USW ATRiuM Theatre
David Fardmar from Sweden who’s a casting director by day and a film maker the rest of the time is joined by actress Carla Fraser who turned co-producer for award winning Wings and the films director Jamie Weston. Looking after the discussion will be Mathew David Hill who’s been responsible for casting the Iris Prize productions. They discus working with actors. What do we need to know to make it a happy experience, for both sides. 
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Iris Industry
16:30
Iris Club, Queens Arcade
Watch Iris Live, our daily magazine programme and enjoy a glass of something to drink with visiting film makers, jury members, Friends of Iris and sponsors.
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Live Event
17:00
Iris Club, Queens Arcade
The mayhem returns with all the news about the films, the talks, and the parties. Most of the best bits from 2020 are back including the daily look at social media and Iris.
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Feature 2021
18:00
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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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Iris Industry
19:00
PREMIERE CINEMAS
Philip Wyn Jones passed away peacefully at Western General Hospital, Edinburgh on the 14th June 2021, aged 82. Today we are celebrating his life and remembering a friend and a passionate supporter of the Iris Prize. As part of our celebrations, we are asking you to continue with Philip’s tradition of sending postcards and reviewing films. Please write your notes about what you see at Iris and leave them on the wall.

Today’s memorial is followed by the UK premiere of Swan Song at 8.00pm.
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Feature 2021
20:00
PREMIERE CINEMAS
A retired hairdresser (Udo Kier) escapes his nursing home and embarks on an odyssey across town to style a dead woman’s hair before her funeral.
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Thu 07 Oct 2021
Short Films 2021
11:00
CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE
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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Short Films 2021
12:15
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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
14:00
CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE
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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Iris Industry
15:00
USW ATRiuM Theatre
Popular Glasgow band HYYTS talk all about music and films. During the session, Adam and Sam discuss what has influenced them and reveal some of their favourite videos. the band view music videos in terms of putting ideas into practise, the role of the band, the role of the director, budgets, the purpose of music videos in 2021. Two of their tracks have been used by the Iris Prize to create the 2021 montages of competing short films. They will be in discussion with Francis Brown from New Sound Wales.
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Iris Industry
16:30
Iris Club, Queens Arcade
Watch Iris Live, our daily magazine programme and enjoy a glass of something to drink with visiting film makers, jury members, Friends of Iris and sponsors.
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Live Event
17:00
Iris Club, Queens Arcade
The mayhem returns with all the news about the films, the talks, and the parties. Most of the best bits from 2020 are back including the daily look at social media and Iris.
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Feature 2021
18:00
PREMIERE CINEMAS
A one-night stand that becomes something more - an unconventional love story between two young men.
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Short Films 2021
18:00
CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE
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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Live Event
19:00
Iris Club, Queens Arcade
If you’ve enjoyed the two montages of shorts competing for the Iris Prize and Iris Prize Best British Awards this year you will have been listening to the music of HYYTS. Both tracks by Glasgow based pop duo Adam and Sam are an amazing backdrop to the amazing shorts, which you can see in-person and on-line.
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Feature 2021
19:00
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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
20:00
CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE
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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Fri 08 Oct 2021
Short Films 2021
10:30
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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
12:15
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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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Short Films 2021
15:00
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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 drama and a romantic encounter between two human statues on the Southbank!
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Iris Industry
15:00
USW ATRiuM Theatre
Tom Abell, CEO of Peccadillo Pictures looks back at the successful distribution of a small British movie. Why was it successful? What can we learn about the decisions made that helped make it a success. Are there lessons to with the design of the marketing? What about the release date? Was there a festivals strategy? How important was social media 10 years ago?
Berwyn Rowlands will be interviewing Tom.
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Iris Industry
16:30
Iris Club, Queens Arcade
Watch Iris Live, our daily magazine programme and enjoy a glass of something to drink with visiting film makers, jury members, Friends of Iris and sponsors.
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Live Event
17:00
Iris Club, Queens Arcade
The mayhem returns with all the news about the films, the talks, and the parties. Most of the best bits from 2020 are back including the daily look at social media and Iris.
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Short Films 2021
18:00
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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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Short Films 2021
19:30
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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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Feature 2021
20:30
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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
21:00
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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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Sat 09 Oct 2021
Short Films 2021
10:30
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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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Short Films 2021
12:15
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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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Feature 2021
15:00
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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 Fetival.
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Short Films 2021
15:00
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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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Iris Industry
15:00
Queens Arcade
Are film reviewers still relevant in a digital age? What is the role of a film reviewer? Can a good review impact on the commercial success of a film? What advice would you give to somebody who is thinking about being a film reviewer? What are the basic element of a review? What’s your favourite LGBT themed feature film? Can you remember the first LGBT feature film you saw?
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Iris Industry
16:30
Iris Club, Queens Arcade
Iris Industry Talk
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Feature 2021
18:00
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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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Live Event
19:00
USW ATRiuM Theatre
We've reached the pinnacle of the festival and the tension is mounting as we are about to find out who will win the coveted Iris Prize!
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Feature 2021
20:30
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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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Sun 10 Oct 2021
Feature 2021
14:00
PREMIERE CINEMAS
A retired hairdresser (Udo Kier) escapes his nursing home and embarks on an odyssey across town to style a dead woman’s hair before her funeral.
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Feature 2021
15:30
CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE
REBEL DYKES is a rabble-rousing documentary set in 1980s post-punk London. The unheard story of a community of dykes who met doing art, music, politics and sex, and how they went on to change their world.
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Feature 2021
16:15
PREMIERE CINEMAS
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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Iris Industry
16:30
Iris Club, Queens Arcade
Watch Iris Live, our daily magazine programme and enjoy a glass of something to drink with visiting film makers, jury members, Friends of Iris and sponsors.
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Live Event
17:00
Iris Club, Queens Arcade
The mayhem returns with all the news about the films, the talks, and the parties. Most of the best bits from 2020 are back including the daily look at social media and Iris.
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Iris Industry
18:00
CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE
Sandwiched between two screenings of Rebel Dykes we have Rebel Talk!
Directors Siân A. Williams and Harri Shanahan are joined on stage by Producer Siobhan Fahey to discuss everything which is Rebel Dykes.
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Short Films 2021
19:00
PREMIERE CINEMAS
Here's your first chance to see the best of the best of Iris 2021 in one place!
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Feature 2021
19:30
CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE
REBEL DYKES is a rabble-rousing documentary set in 1980s post-punk London. The unheard story of a community of dykes who met doing art, music, politics and sex, and how they went on to change their world.
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