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.