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17 April 2018
• Cardiff’s Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival - named one of the Top 50 Film Festivals in the world for fourth year!
• “This is wonderful news for the Iris Prize and Cardiff and, without being too biased, well deserved too.”
• MovieMaker Magazine - the world’s most widely read independent film magazine.
• FOR Cardiff confirms sponsorship of 2018 LGBT film festival.

The Iris Prize Festival team are celebrating having been recognised once again as one of the top “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine, for the fourth year. The annual list is produced by the world’s most widely read independent film magazine and is an indication of how useful a film festival is for filmmakers.

Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented:
“This is wonderful news for the Iris Prize and Cardiff and, without being too biased, well deserved too. We’ve never taken for granted the relationship between Iris and the filmmakers and I think this is at the heart of this recognition from MovieMaker. We know how difficult it is to make a film; developing the script, casting, locations and the funding! Therefore, we look after filmmakers who come to our festival in Cardiff each October by offering them accommodation, food, VIP passes and access to companies who might want to buy their films.”

Carolyn Brownell, Marketing and Communications Manager FOR Cardiff, commented:
“This is great recognition for Cardiff and Iris by MovieMaker Magazine and an appropriate time to announce that FOR Cardiff has decide to sponsor the 2018 Iris Festival. This is our second-year sponsoring Iris – who award the world’s largest LGBT+ film prize – and we’re delighted that this award-winning festival continues to take place in Cardiff as it has for the last 12 years.

The six-day event showcases Cardiff to a worldwide audience and proves that Cardiff can deliver on the highest cultural level. The festival team have a strong commitment to our wonderful city and ensure they work with a variety of local businesses including Cardiff’s plethora of dedicated LGBT+ spaces, the main hub of the festival is in Cineworld, ensuring that visitors are drawn right into central Cardiff.”

Max Weinstein, MovieMaker Magazine, commented:
“As the late, great Roger Ebert said of his film reviews based on the star rating system, “stars are relative, not absolute.” The same principle stands when considering our criteria for which festivals give that coveted bang for your buck. The festivals we’ve handpicked here aren’t teeming with setbacks to apologize for, far from it. But none is perfect, either, and that’s why we’ve taken great pains to grade them to scale, based on how well they do what they set out to do.”

Berwyn Rowlands, Festival Director, commented:
“I’m delighted that FOR Cardiff has decided to continue sponsoring Iris. The sponsorship allowed Iris to confirm the role of Cardiff as a host city at the heart of our marketing campaign, asking the question ‘What will you see in Cardiff?’ We have exciting plans to continue with this message in 2018, thanks to the generous sponsorship from FOR Cardiff.”

“Thanks to the generous support of The Michael Bishop Foundation, the Iris Prize continues to be the only LGBT+ short film prize valued at £30,000 which allows the winner to make a new film. I’m very proud of our track record in supporting new talent, having worked with film makers from all over the world and look forward to working with Mikael Bundsen from Sweden, the 2017 Iris Prize winner, who will be responsible for the 10th short film.”

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