Shortlist of 15 short films competing for LGBTQ+ Iris Prize Best British award revealed

Graham Robson September 13, 2022

Lead pic: A Fox in the Night 

Organisers of the Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival have announce the shortlist of 15 films competing for the Iris Prize Best British Supported by Film4 award.  Also revealed are the two juries for the main prizes, with Bard Ydén, senior programmer at the Norwegian Short Film Festival, chairing the international jury, and Tim Highsted, Senior Film Editor of acquired feature films for Channel4, chairing the Best British jury.

The 15 films shortlisted for the Iris Prize Best British Supported by Film4 award include three films made in Wales: Skinny Fat (Mathew David); Nant (Tom Chetwode Barton); and Jelly (Samantha O’Rourke).  The films are presented in three separate programmes, with stories ranging from a teenage footballer coming to terms with his sexuality to a group of Regency-era women gossiping on the street about a notorious gay scandal, and a gay priest’s life-changing encounter with a rent boy, based on a true story.

Iris Prize 2022 ‚Äď Best British:

Home Bird | Dir. Caleb Roberts

The Piss Witch | Dir. Jason Barker

Keep off the Grass | Dir. Francis Rudd

Nant | Dir. Tom Chetwode Barton

Silence | Dir. TJ O Grady Peyton

Fluorescent Adolescent | Dir. Charlie Sharp

Tommies | Dir. Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston

Hornbeam | Dir. Mark Pluck

A Fox in the Night | Dir. Keeran Anwar Blessie

Jim | Dir. Tom Young

Jelly | Dir. Samantha O’Rourke

Skinny Fat | Dir. Mathew David

The Rev | Dir. Fabia Martin

Queer Parivaar | Dir. Shiva Raichandani

Looking for Barbara | Dir. Helen Kilbride


Berwyn Rowlands, Iris Prize Film Festival Director, said: “We are thrilled to be able to present to our audiences 15 short films made in Britain and supported by one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly broadcasters and champion of the Iris Prize.”

This year‚Äôs Best British award marks the continuation of a three-year sponsorship agreement with British producer/broadcaster Film4. The agreement will see Film4 acquire broadcast and streaming rights to each of the 15 British LGBTQ+ short films shortlisted for the Iris‚ÄĮPrize Best British Short Supported by Film4.

The winner will receive a package of services sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group.

All of the nominated films are eligible for consideration for BAFTA and can automatically be entered by the filmmakers.  For more info, CLICK HERE