IRIS EDUCATION DAY 2014 presented with Equiversal

Wednesday 8 October, Chapter Arts
A day dedicated to young people between the ages of 14 and 18 covering all things film including, writing, directing and a chance to see some films and the filmmakers associated.

09:00 Arrive & register

09:45 Introduction to the day by Berwyn Rowlands, Festival Director and Mark Williams, Equiversal.

10:00 Screening, Cinema 1: The Passerby
Dir: Efa Blosse-Mason, Wales, 11 Min, 2014.
Helen and Joe are teenagers volunteering as rubbish collectors on a beach when one day a stranger drifts in, as if washed up by the tide, and interrupts the monotony of their long summer days. It’s a story of self-discovery that is sparked by a fleeting brushing of two lives.

Followed by a Q+A discussion with a focus on “how do you go about making a short film and getting it screened at a film festival?”

10.35 Trans in the media
Screening, Cinema 1: Butterfly
Dir: Stuart McLaughlin, UK, 14 min

People who are different strive for the same things as anyone else. ‘Butterfly’ is a unique and heart warming story about the human condition, about acceptance and feeling part of a community. Adrianne and Karl, a Transgender couple, both diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, find salvation in each other as their relationship blossoms and transforms their lives. The challenges they both face every day are immense, but it is how they have confronted their own gender identity that highlights a great strength of character. A world seldom brought to light ‘Butterfly’ presents both Asperger syndrome and Transgender issues in a way that is informative, positive and endeavours to deflate any preconceived impressions that surround them.

The film will be followed by a discussion considering transgender representation in the media.
11:15 Break
11:30 Iris Prize Education Outreach Work 2014

Supported by Ffilm Cymru Wales, the Iris Prize team in association with Equiversal have been working with a number of secondary schools from Cardiff on a ground breaking outreach project.

The aims of the project are:
• to develop the creative skills of the next generation of film programmers;
• to increase understanding and appreciation of short film as an art form;
• to offer positive role models of LGBT people in film; and
• to develop media literacy.

As part of the Education Day we are delighted to report on our work in progress. During this session you will have an opportunity to see some of the work created by pupils from Mary Immaculate and Woodlands on the big screen. You will also have a chance to hear from the pupils, teachers and the individuals responsible for delivering the project about their experiences to date.
12:30 Cinio / lunch – Studio (Supported by Equiversal)
13:15 Screening, Cinema 1: Gorilla
Dir: Tim Marshall, Australia, 12 Min, 2012.

On a weekend away, a newly formed couple are forced to face the unknown in their lives when a mysterious woman arrives at their secluded campsite.

An opportunity to see the winning 2013 Iris Prize short film and meet the director Tim Marshall from Australia.
13:50 Break
14:00 Screening: Cinema 1: Youth Shorts

Organizers of the Iris Prize have selected a number of short films from the 2014 competition which are suitable for young people aged between 14 – 17 years.

10 young people will be invited to be members of the Iris Prize Youth Jury 2014 sponsored by Cardiff University. The participants will have an unprecedented opportunity to develop their creative skills as well as allowing the next generation direct access to positive LGBT role models within the film industry.

As a precursor to the main event the Iris Education Day audience will have a chance to view these films and also take part in a public vote. Today’s results will account for 30% of the final vote on Saturday.

A discussion with members of the Iris Prize team will take place following the screening and before the voting.

Greo – Roman
Dir: Aleksander Godo Alnes, Norway, 5 min
Told partly through the form of an interview, Greco-Roman tells the story of Casper, the school bully, whose dream is to become a wrestler, just like his father. But when he discovers his father’s secret, his notions of masculinity is thrown into violent disarray.

Dir: Julia Ocker, Germany, 3 min, 2013
One day the zebra ran against a tree.

Dir: Erin Sanger, USA, 14 min, 2014
Ten year old tomboy Daisy must weigh her loyalty to her trusted older brother as the two siblings become complicit in a hate crime on the Fourth of July.

Middle Man
Dir: Charlie Francis, UK, 5 min, 2013
Davie has just started working in a call centre, which provides services for the deaf community. When his new bosses turn up for an inspection Davie does his utmost to show his professionalism. But his facade begins to crack when he takes a heated phone call between Nathan and his boyfriend Paul.
15:00 Gorffen / End day
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