Award winning films from the 2009 Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff will be screened in Dublin at the end of July as part of Gaze, the 18th Annual Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. The programme compiled by the Iris Prize Festival includes Iris Prize winner Steam directed by Eldar Rapaport, the Best UK Short Diana directed by Aleem Khan and the highly acclaimed My Name is Love directed by David Färdmar.
“This is the first time that we have been able to make the Iris Prize film programme available to our partner festivals. Gaze is a partner festival for the Iris Prize representing Ireland and each year they have been nominating a short film to compete for the Iris Prize. This exciting development however sees Iris making films available to our friends in Ireland. This is very exciting for Iris and the film makers involved,” said Berwyn Rowlands from the Iris Prize.
“I’ve heard great things about Gaze in Dublin, Ireland. Their commitment to screening the very latest lesbian and gay movies is recognised by their loyal and growing audience. I’m also excited to be making my first visit to the festival to introduce the films and to encourage people to join us in Cardiff in October for the Iris Prize Festival,” he added.
“Gaze is very proud of our association with the Iris Prize. As the premiere lesbian and gay film festival in Ireland we are excited to be able to include two programmes of award winning short films from the Iris Prize team including Steam by Eldar Rapaport, the winner of the 2009 Iris Prize. The screenings will be introduced by Berwyn Rowlands from the Iris Prize,” said Yvonne O’Reilly, Director, Gaze.