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04 January 2022
- Double Iris Award winning Baba to get BIG screen exposure in cinemas across the UK

- Powerful selection of Trans stories to be included in UK tour

Seven award winning short films from the 2021 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival have been chosen to tour the UK in 2022. The programme includes the short films which impressed audiences, including the judges during the Cardiff based festival in October 2021.

One of the highlights includes double award winning BABA, written and directed by Sam Arbor and Adam Ali – and only the second British film to take both main awards at Iris Prize. The film follows a queer Libyan teenager, Britannia’s dreams of escape to a better life, but an unexpected discovery forces him to question whether to stay or flee from his homeland and his friends.

Berwyn Rowlands, Festival Director said:

“Call me old fashioned, but I enjoy watching films on a big screen, with an audience – that shared experience of laughing or crying together.

“I also get a buzz meeting the people involved in making the films, the writers, directors, producers and actors. Most of the screenings as part of Iris on the Move will include a Q+A after the screening, with the audience given direct access to the visiting talent.”

The 2022 tour also includes a programme of three trans stories which reflect the world today for the trans community in South Korea and the UK.

Screenings start in Liverpool on Monday 31 January in Picturehouse in FACT at 6.30pm. Other screenings have been confirmed in Manchester (Home), Plymouth (Plymouth Arts Cinema), Blackpool (Central Library), Swansea (Taliesyn), Newcastle (Tyneside), Aberystwyth (Aberystwyth Arts Centre), Bournemouth (Arts University Bournemouth), Bangor (Pontio), Cardiff (Chapter). More venues are expected to be added to the tour over the coming months. If you would like your local cinema to get involved please contact Iris at: adnan@irisprize.org

Dealing with the impact of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns the festival has decided to offer the screenings to cinemas for free. This will hopefully help them to offer a more diverse programme, beyond the blockbusters.

The full list of screenings and events can be found here: 2022 Schedules


Iris on the Move 2022 is also supported by Film Hub Wales as part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), made possible by the National Lottery.


The main festival sponsors are:

The Michael Bishop Foundation, Creative Wales, a Welsh Government agency that supports the creative sectors in Wales , the BFI awarding funds from The National LotteryFfilm Cymru Wales, Film 4, University of South Wales, Cardiff University, Co-op Respect, Bad Wolf, Gorilla Group, Peccadillo Pictures, Pinewood Studios, Attitude Magazine, Diva Magazine and The Ministry of Sound.  The festival also works in partnership with BAFTA Cymru, Pride Cymru and Stonewall Cymru.

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