The Iris Prize Festival has announced Brazil's "I Don't Want to Go Back Alone" as the winner of its top prize in Cardiff, Wales. The short film tells the story of a blind teenager who discovers a same-sex attraction to his classmate.
Director Daniel Riebeiro will receive a £25,000 prize to make a new short film in the UK.
“The jury thought that 'I Don’t Want To Go Back Alone' took a simple story out of a very jagged path and it won because hope and love should never become redundant," said jury chair Mary Fitzpatrick.
Other awards went to previous Iris Prize winner Eldar Rapaport's "August" for Best Feature, Andrew Steggall's "The Red Bike" for Best UK Short, Murray Bartlett ("August") for Best Actor in a Feature and Allison Lane ("Going Down In La-La Land") for Best Actress in a Feature.
Special honors also went to short films including Kyle Henry's "Fourplay San Francisco," Dave Snyder's "Play Name," Anna Rodgers' "Hold On Tight" and Maria Bock's "Bald Guy."