2017 Programme

Opening Night

Kicking off the 11th Iris Prize Festival in style!

90 mins

Angharad Mair from S4C’s popular nightly magazine programme Heno, and Chair of Bafta Cymru, returns to open the Iris Prize Festival. Join Angharad as she invites festival guests to join her on the sofa for a chat including members of the South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus (we might need a bigger sofa!)

The evening will also be an opportunity to watch some new short films including:

Côr Blimey
An Iris Outreach Production
What happens on tour stays on tour – unless you’re making one of the 36 Iris in the Community short films funded by the Big Lottery Wales. Experience on a big screen the South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus journey to compete in the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival. The objective was to do better than eighth place.

Batchelor, 38
Dir: Angela Clarke
Cardiff boy Bryan Robert Bale shares his memories as a gay man who left Cardiff for London in 1963 as a 19-year-old. Angela Clark’s film allows Bryan to share decades of stories in this beautiful film, which we are delighted to premiere in the year we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

A film by Giovanni Coda
April 20, 2017 – Avenue des Champs-Elysées.
During an attack, police officer Xavier, among his injured fellow-officers, was shot dead. There are broken dreams and unanswered expectations of peace. But there is no place for hate, dialogue and tolerance being the only possible solutions.

Screening in partnership with






The opening night celebrations will continue in the Park Inn Hotel and the drinks reception is kindly sponsored by our friends at