Friday 9 February 9.15am – 2.30pm

Iris Education programmes have helped pupils and teachers alike discuss topics such as sexuality, gender and bullying, as well as allowing pupils to write and produce their own short films.  As part of this, our Education Days invite secondary school students to watch a selection of LGBT themed short films  and to discuss diversity, storytelling and filmmaking with industry professionals.

Contact if you would like to attend, or for more information on any of our Education Days and other Outreach programmes.


9:15 – 9:30
Arrive and Register

9:30 – 9:40

Mark Williams, Iris Prize Outreach – “what we’ll be doing today”
Hazel Remeika, Co-operative Partnership Manager and Co-op Relations – “welcome to Manchester 

9:40 – 10:20
Screening – Winner of the Iris Prize Best British and Youth Jury award 2015

Lloyd Eyre-Morgan | UK | 18 mins
Closets features a tormented 16-year-old boy called Henry, who on the 12th March 1986, time travels through his bedroom closet and meets up with a similar present day teenager.

Followed by a Q&A discussion with Lloyd Eyre-Morgan on his film and future plans, led by pupils attending the event.

10:20 – 11:20
The Proud Trust Workshop

Session delivered by The Proud Trust, a Manchester based organisation that helps young people empower themselves to make a positive change for themselves and their communities.

11:20 – 11:40 

11:40 – 12:15
The Professionals
A chance for students to hear from industry professionals on what their role entails and how they got into film, together with an opportunity for students to ask questions to help further their own career. Attending will be a panel of professionals from various roles in the film industry.

DIRECTOR: Neil David Ely

ACTOR: Anthony Crank

PRODUCER: Berwyn Rowlands


12:40 – 13:10 

13:10 – 14:30
Love Themed Programme

Students from Bangor secondary school Ysgol Tryfan have put together a programme especially for our Education Day. In anticipation of Valentine’s Day on the 14th, the programme will exclusively feature films dealing with theme of love.

Aban & Khorshid
Darwin Serink | 14 mins | USA
Inspired by true events, Aban + Khorshid is an intimate portrait of two lovers, glimpsing into the world in which they meet and fall in love, leading to the tragic moments when they face the ultimate punishment for being gay.

Private Life
Abbe Robinson | 17 mins | UK | 2006
Yorkshire, England 1952 Ruth Ackroyd leaves the monotony of her work at her father’s textile mill on a Friday evening and secretly takes the train to Manchester. There, she meets a man on the platform, but all is not what it seems.

Barrio Boy
Dennis Shinners | 8 mins | USA | 2014
Haircuts, hip-hop and homo-sex on the down-low… A Latino barber secretly falls in love with a handsome Irish stranger over the course of a haircut during a hot and sweaty summer afternoon in a macho Brooklyn hood.

I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone
Daniel Ribeiro | 17 mins | Brazil | 2010
The arrival of a new student in school changes Leonardo’s life. This 15 year-old blind teenager has to deal with the jealousy of his friend Giovana while figuring out the new feelings he’s having towards his new friend, Gabriel.