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23 October 2015
A selection of LGBT short films celebrating LOVE from the Iris Prize archive of 250 titles will include programmes addressing sub-themes pertinent to an LGBT audience e.g. Coming Out, Forbidden LOVE and Illegal LOVE. All films are free of charge to venue's and organisations in the UK only

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LOVE Bites – LGBT short films from the Iris Prize Archive

We are delighted to make available free of charge 6 short films from the Iris Prize archive to celebrate the BFI LOVE season.

Film and television’s most seductive illusion is to immerse us in the intensity and passion of other peoples lives and loves. The best love stories have a timeless quality, but any history of romance on screen must reflect the transformations wrought by the sexual revolution and the progress of LGBT rights, which fundamentally question and update our notions of romantic love.

The key themes covered in these LGBT titles include: Coming out, Forbidden LOVE and Illegal LOVE

All six have been classified by the BBFC and are now available as digital files and DCPs to download. They are also available on DVDs.

The films can be screened as individual titles before feature films or programmed as a short film package or as part of a mix of short films.

The programme includes:


Aban + Khorshid (12A)
Darwin Serink
Country: USA
Time: 14m
Year: 2014

Inspired by true events, Aban + Khorshid is an intimate portrait of two lovers, glimpsing into the world in which they met, moments before their execution for being gay.


Bald Guy (Skallamann) (12A)
Dir: Maria Bock
Country: Norway
Time: 13m
Year: 2011

A story about a young man’s quest for love and acceptance, all in a lively musical film about being yourself and loving whoever you want. This is a film about forbidden and boundless love and the risk of losing everything when your choice is head on with the morally accepted.


Barrio Boy (12A)
Dir: Dennis Shinners
Country: USA
Time: 8m
Year: 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.


Danïel (U)
Dir: Vincent Fitz-Jim
Country: Netherlands
Time: 9m
Year: 2012

Daniël is a poetic 8 minute film that tells the coming-of-age story of a teenage boy who finds first love on a summer day. The boy meets a girl but finds himself attracted to the girl’s brother. A tender love story evolves. Like in a dream the reality of the surroundings disappears, leaving the mysterious beauty of a sweet memory.


It’s Consuming Me (15)
Kai Stanicke

I can’t move on, I wish I could. But I’m caught in the thought of what could have been, losing my grip on reality.


Private Life (PG)
Dir: Abbe Robinson
Country: United Kingdom
Time: 17m
Year: 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.

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