Toby Fell-Holden’s Balcony has been announced winner of the Iris Prize 2016, the International LGBT Short Film Prize of Cardiff (UK), supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation. This is the first time in 10 years of existence of the Iris Prize that the top award was given to a UK filmmaker.
The prize, worth £30,000, will allow Fell-Holden to make a new short film in Wales, which will become the ninth Iris production.
In an official statement, chair of the jury Cheryl Dunye stated “The conversations among the jury have been about what makes a film aesthetically and technically accomplished whilst being queer at the same time. We have looked at the creative decisions a director makes in pre-production, casting, cinematographically, and in editing.”
Balcony also claimed the Best British Award.
Other awards announced on the night included the Best Feature Award (£1,000) for Real Boy by Shaleece Haas; Best Performance Award for Tom Green for his role as Anthony and Kerry Fox for her role as Paige Levy in the Australian film Downriver; the Iris Prize Youth Award was presented to Sign, directed by Andrew Keenan-Bolger from the U.S.
For more information go to http://www.irisprize.org/