Ministry of Sound to recognise work of the Iris Prize

The Ministry of Sound, the heart and soul of London since 1991, has confirmed plans to celebrate the work of the Iris Prize with a spectacular party at their iconic London venue. Founder and Chair Lord Palumbo of Southwark (James Palumbo) will welcome guests to “watch films and party nightly” as the organisers of the world’s largest LGBT short film prize reveal their vision for the next ten years.
  • The Ministry of Sound to recognise work of the Iris Prize with spectacular party at their iconic London venue
  • Festival to outline future vision to support LGBT filmmakers and LGBT stories in the UK and beyond
Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented: “We admire the passion and longevity of the Ministry of Sound. They’ve remained relevant and on top of their game for over a quarter of a century and I think Iris can learn quite a lot from them. The venue is ideal for Iris to screen films, give people space to eat, relax and party. We are very grateful to James and his team for looking after us.” “2016 was a significant milestone for Iris as we celebrated our 10th anniversary. Looking to the future I’m delighted we will be sharing our vision on the night, including a commitment to continue to increase audiences for LGBT films focusing on the 16 to 30 year-olds. We also have ambitious plans to work across the UK and also continue to offer the world’s largest short film prize, thanks to the generous support of The Michael Bishop Foundation.” Adam Quigley, Ministry of Sound, commented: “Ministry of Sound are honoured to be hosting the Iris Prize Future Vision Party on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 for the Iris Prize Festival. Ministry of Sound has carved out a reputation for hosing major corporate events for prestigious clients and to be able to support the Iris Prize’s work with the LGBT community at this event enables this work to continue.” 250 guest are expected to attend the event on the 22 March, including award winning film makers, former Iris Prize jury members, funders and sponsors, media, journalist and guests attending BFI Flare, a partner festival of the Iris Prize. The Iris Prize Festival is a six-day celebration of LGBT film which takes place from 10 through to the 15 October 2017 in Cardiff, Wales (UK). The full programme will include screenings of the 35 short films competing for the Iris Prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation, the 15 short films competing for the Best British Iris Prize sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group, premiere screenings of new feature films, Producers Forum, networking opportunities, education day, parties and the glittering Awards Show. The main festival sponsors are: The Michael Bishop Foundation, Welsh Government, BFI, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Pinewood Studios Group, Cardiff University, Gorilla Group, Cineworld, Pride Cymru, British Council Wales, Orchard, and Bafta Cymru.