Lynn Hunter
CHAIR Iris Prize International Jury

Lynn is a popular and much respected actress. She has been fortunate enough to have worked in theatre, television, film and radio. For the past 20 years she has also been involved in the development of new writing. This year Lynn has acquired a new legion of fans following her appearance in Russell T. Davies’, Cucumber for Channel 4 and Banana for E4. We are thrilled and delighted Lynn has agreed to chair the 2015 Iris Prize Jury.

Matthew Follows
Performance Jury

Matthew is currently reading Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Westminster. He Chair’s National Student Pride, an annual weekend festival, bringing students from across the UK together to celebrate and educate in LGBT issues around the world.

Robert Gershinson
Performance Jury

Robert is a London based photographer and director. In 2014 he produced the online video project 20MALEGAY and in 2009 he co-founded Queer As Film – a short film screening/networking event and blog that is dedicated to celebrating queer cinema.

Tris Reid-Smith
Feature Jury

Tris is co-founder of the gay publication, Gay Star News.

Scott Nunn
Performance Jury

Scott is co-founder of the gay publication, Gay Star News.

Roisin Geraghty
Performance Jury

Roisín is the film programmer for Gaze LGBT Film Festival in Dublin. She is also an independent documentary producer, and is passionate about the creation and curation of narrative and documentary film. Pre-Gazing, she worked with various film organisations in both Ireland and the US, including Galway Film Fleadh, Irish Film New York, and the Independent Filmmaker Project.

Paul Sweeney
Feature Jury

Paul is a film consultant who is currently working with VUE Cinemas. He was previously a Senior Film Buyer for Cineworld Cinemas, in the UK and Ireland. With over 16 years’ experience in the film industry, Paul return’s to the Iris Jury after a busy period promoting the Vue’s participation in the LGBT Pout Fest Tour of the UK.

Martin Briggs
Feature Jury

Retired gay activist and sponsor of the Iris Prize Best Feature Award.
Martin ran a successful financial services business for over thirty years. Now retired he is able to spend more time on music and the arts. He plays violin with the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra and the Half Moon String Quartet. He is developing his drawing and painting, with a focus on landscape. He has supported Iris from its inception. Martin is chair of the Feature Jury for the second year.

Emma Clark
Feature Jury

Buzz was set up in 1991 and has run independently since, it is the leading independent entertainment and cultural guide in Wales, with a distribution from Cardiff to Swansea, Mid and South Wales. Buzz is the essential guide for the arts, film, music, sport, cultural events, fashion, food & drink and travel. Buzz promotes culture through the medium of a magazine a website and the Buzz TV channel, by engaging with the local community in sponsoring and being media partners with various festivals, events, exhibitions and launches. Buzz also produces an annual food & drink guide and an annual student guide and designs and prints for external publications.

Matt Lissack
Best British Jury

Matt Lissack wakes up South Wales every morning on Capital South Wales’ flagship programme ‘Capital Breakfast’. He started his career, broadcasting at various stations in the South West before joining Capital in 2006. His career has also seen him present programmes on Capital 95.8 in London and on the national ‘Capital Network’.

Sarah Street
Best British Jury

Sarah Street is Professor of Film at the University of Bristol. She has published many books on different aspects of film, including British cinema history, film costume, set design and her latest projects are on film colour. In 2007 she co-edited Queer Screen: The Queer Reader with Jackie Stacey.

Luisa Pèrcopo
Best British Jury

Luisa is a post-colonialist (those that come with a hyphen), an Australian Film specialist and a globetrotter. Born in Melbourne she grew up trilingual in Cagliari, Sardinia. She has lived in Cardiff for the past ten years and teaches Cultural Studies and Photography at South Wales University. She is one of the organisers of the Italian Film Festival Cardiff.

Kate White
Best British Jury

Katie is an award winning, Scottish BAFTA NTA nominee and a pro-active member of the Scottish Independent filmmaking scene.  She wrote / co-produced last year’s Iris Prize winning Best British short ‘Middle Man.’ Katie is at present looking into funding her first feature film and Edinburgh Festival play in 2016.

Craig Ford
Best British Jury

Craig is a filmmaker and co-founder of Queer as Film, a film festival championing young gay cinema. His films have been exhibited around the world from Puerto Rico and Transylvania to L.A and London. Craig’s first feature, Once Upon a Time in the Wild, will be released later this year.

Lucy Peters
Iris Prize International Jury

Lucy Peters is the Film Editor at DIVA Magazine. A big fan of Alison Bechdel, she thinks the Bechdel test as a tool of feminist film analysis is somewhat overhyped. She also writes about music, performance and queer culture for publications including The Most Cake. She lives in London.

Ruth McCarthy
Iris prize International Jury

Ruth McCarthy is co-founder and Artistic Director of Outburst Queer Arts Festival, Northern Ireland’s annual international queer arts event. A queer activist, programmer and multimedia producer for over 25 years, she is passionate about the role of film, theatre and performance as a catalyst for social change.

Charlie Francis
Iris Prize International Jury

Charlie hails from Glasgow where he’s been making short films for a few years. His comedy ’Middle Man’ won the Best Of British category at The Iris Prize, and was nominated for a BAFTA NTA.

Brendon McDonall
Iris Prize International Jury

Brendon is a director, screenwriter and actor. A graduate of UWS Theatre Nepean (Acting) and AFTRS (Australian Film, Television & Radio School – Directing & Screenwriting), His short film ‘All God’s Creatures’ was nominated for the Dendy Award for Best Australian Short Film at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival, and went on to win Best Film and Best Director at the 2014 Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival and the prestigious International Iris Prize in 2014. Brendon won the AFTRS/Foxtel Award for Exceptional Talent and was Associate Director to Ian Watson on the ABC series Janet King.

Poppy Stockell
Iris Prize International Jury

Poppy Stockell is a multi-award winning film and television director, writer and producer with a penchant for stories exploring human interest, identity and humour. Poppy’s debut feature documentary Searching 4 Sandeep, won the Audience Award for most popular film at the 2007 Sydney Film Festival. Poppy also directed the feature film ‘Scrum’, which will be opening this year’s Iris Prize Film Festival, while also screening during the Rugby World Cup.

Noel Sutton
Iris Prize International Jury

Noel is the Festival Director with GAZE International LGBT Film festival. Noel took the lead with GAZE in 2011 and has produced and developed the biggest festivals to date, with a very well established, behind the scene, career in film and TV.  Noel is campaigner and activist on LGBT right in Ireland. He worked on the recent Marriage Equality Referendum campaign that successfully seen Ireland become the first country in the world to legalise marriage equality.

Jason Bradbury
Iris Prize International Jury

Jason Bradbury is a director and trailer editor. His film ‘We Once Were Tide’ has attracted over 2.4 million views on YouTube and he is developing a feature film entitled ‘We Became The Cold.’ Jason worked at Peccadillo Pictures, for 5 years managing the home entertainment department, and working on films such as ‘Weekend’ and ‘Stranger By The Lake.’

Andrew Nackman
Iris Prize International Jury

Andrew Nackman is a filmmaker from New York. He just completed his first feature film, Fourth Man Out, which will be screening at this year’s Iris Prize Festival. It also won the Audience Award for Best Dramatic Feature at Outfest 2015 and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival. Prior to that, he directed a short film called Paulie that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Palm Springs International ShortFest and has played at many film festivals around the world.