Queer Vision 2017

Iris Prize Shorts: Just Let Go 18 (CTBA)



The Iris Prize LGBT Film Festival is based in Cardiff. At the heart of Iris Prize is it’s short film programme with an award of £30,000 and support to the winner of the prize to make another short film. The quality of the latest Iris Prize shorts has been incredible, and Queer Vision have selected the best from the 2016 Festival to show across two screenings.

The Iris Prize Just Let Go programme presents a collection of films capturing moments of letting go - big and small, delicate and powerful. Asking the questions - to be who you are, can you just let go? To get what you want, should you just let go?

Great Escape

Dir: Sal Bardo, USA, 6 min

A woman considers an alternate path her life might take if she decides to follow her heart.


Dir: Andrew Keenan-Bolger, USA, 15 min

A moving short that tells the story of a relationship between Ben, a hearing man, and Aaron, who is deaf, through vignettes, music, and sign language.


Dir: Susan Jacobson, UK, 13 min

Sophie is a full-time, live-in carer for her terminally ill Nana, Rita. Their days trickle by in a series of mundane tasks: meal times, medicines and bad cable TV. It’s not an exciting life, but it’s theirs. And despite their constant bickering, their love for one another is deep and unwavering.

The Carer

Dir: Christine Parker, UK, 15 min

Ari, a sophisticated and urbane gay man, moves into a Care Home and encounters Beau, the beautiful, heterosexual, illiterate former thief who is now his carer. Their unlikely meeting changes the future for both of them.


Dir: Toby Fell-Holden, UK, 17 min

Tina, a troubled teenage girl, is attracted to Dana, an Afghani girl, whom Tina tells us is oppressively victimised by her controlling substance abusing father, Karim. Initially, we trust Tina and admire her protectiveness of Dana from the other kids at school and on the violent estate, but as we watch their friendship blossom we come to suspect that something is off.


Dir: Kai Stänicke, Germany, 15 min

The true story of B. Torn between a cold relationship with K and her feelings for another woman, shy and insecure B is heading for a disaster. For too long she has suppressed her desires and lived a lie. But is it too late for B to follow her heart?