Frances Hendron

Iris Prize Best British Jury Chair

Frances Hendron has always loved film. Though 20 years in Glasgow, she comes from Northern Ireland.  For 13 of these she ran the Celtic Media Festival.  She has been a juror for film festivals in Canada and the UK.  Recent projects include work with the Scottish Poetry Library, the Empire Café and the Scottish Civic Trust.

I have watched the Iris Prize Festival grow since 2007 when I chaired the first jury.  That was a huge honour; all of us on the jury that first year knew this was a special event – a wonderful, big, business risk and without doubt one of the most creative film festival templates ever.  Now 10 years on, I’m returning to chair the British jury – 15 short films vying for £20K of support.  I am proud, happy and a little anxious to make a great decision, knowing it will be a hard decision to make.  And very much looking forward to a week in warm, sunny Cardiff.  Expectations are high and I’m excited to be there, watching films and catching up with Iris friends.