Iris Prize Festival

15 October 2014

University sponsored award goes to Erin Sander for 'Bombshell'

 The compelling story of a ten year-old tomboy who weighs her loyalty to her trusted older brother as she becomes complicit in a hate crime to win his affections secured the University-sponsored Youth Jury prize at this year's Iris Prize Festival. 

 The University sponsored Iris Prize Youth Jury which gave up to ten young people the chance to play an important part in the festival.

The Youth Jury award 2014 went to Erin Sanger for her short film 'Bombshell'.

The eighth annual Iris Prize Festival took place in venues across Cardiff, from the 8-12 October. Over the course of the four-day festival, thirty short films competed for the much-coveted Iris Prize.

The main winner for a short film this year went to 'All God's Creatures', who's creator, Brendon McDonall, is invited to make a new short film, receiving funding, support and guidance as part of the Prize.

In addition to screenings of all of the competing films, the festival programme included new feature films, panel sessions and events.

Karen Cooke, Chair of Enfys, the University's LGBT+ Network expressed the Network's delight at the University's support of the Youth Jury Award,

Karen said: "We are delighted that the University showed its support for the Iris Prize and particularly the Youth Jury. This continues to build on our message to the local and international community that Cardiff University is a supportive and welcoming place for prospective LGBT+ students and staff."

Cardiff University is ranked in Stonewall's Top 100 Employers in recognition of its commitment to equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual employees. The University has also recognised by Stonewall for its commitment to supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual students, scoring full marks in the Gay by Degree checklist.

You can find out more about the festival along with the winners and those shortlisted on the Festival's web-pages or by following the festival onTwitter.