Iris is the home of LGBT filmmaking, and prides itself on sharing the best content from around the globe to our annual audience in Cardiff each October. We are famed for our friendly atmosphere, with each year seeing more filmmakers and film lovers from around the world adopted into the Iris family.
As well as the chance to watch the very best in current LGBT filmmaking, our 10th anniversary festival features an extra- special line up. One-off special events, nightly parties, more filmmakers to meet than ever before, and a glittering awards show that is often referred to as ‘the gay short film Oscars’ means Iris 2016 promises to live up to our slogan –WATCH FILMS. PARTY NIGHTLY. REPEAT.
Festival highlights this year include two Irish films competing for the Iris Prize- Between Us and Little Doll. Plus there’s a whole range of features including the European premiere of Downriver, by previous Iris Prize winner Grant Scicluna, and Almost Adults, with director Sarah Rotella in Cardiff to introduce the screenings.
Check out our full programme now to start planning your Iris adventure. We look forward to welcoming you to Wales in October!
HOW TO GET HERE
By plane Cardiff is a short hop over the Irish sea from Dublin, and with the airport just a 40 minute bus ride from Cardiff City Centre you can be door to door in no time. Alternatively, the ferry from Rosslare brings you in to beautiful Pembrokeshire, so you can take in some of Wales’ most picturesque countryside on your way to Cardiff.
WHERE TO STAY
The Park Inn Cardiff City is our official Iris hotel, offering comfortable accommodation in a great city centre location. Its just minutes from main festival venue Cineworld, as well as our partner restaurants, gay bars and clubs, so you won’t have to venture far to experience everything Iris and Cardiff have to offer.
The hotel becomes a home from home for the Iris family during the festival, meaning you can always spot a friendly face, and the attentive staff are always close at hand with advice and handy suggestions on how to make the most of your stay in Cardiff.
The Iris Prize Festival takes place in Cardiff, which over the past few decades has been transformed into a vibrant, youthful capital city with visitors from around the world. The city is a fun, eclectic mix of old and new, full of museums, bars, parks, shopping, theatres, cinemas and, of course, a castle. Cardiff also has a lively gay scene which is handily focused along two main streets in the city centre, offering an assortment of bars and clubs to suit every taste.
Congratulations to Owen Feeney, winner of this year’s GAZE competition