The Iris Prize, Cardiff’s International Gay and Lesbian Short Film Prize, recently unveiled the International Jury members voting for this year’s award. The prize will be given out at the Iris Prize Festival, which takes from October 6 to October 9, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales.
“We’ve been very lucky over the years in securing an eclectic group of renowned and respected figures to join the Iris Prize jury and 2010 is no exception,” said Iris Prize Patron Andrew Pierce. “The 14 individuals who make up the jury represent men and women at the top of their game. The mix of talents we have secured, including actors, directors and the Man Booker Prize winner Alan Hollighurst, will be essential for the difficult task of selecting the one film out of the shortlist of 30 to be crowned the Iris Prize winner 2010.”
The jury members are:
Adrian Armas – actor “Violet Tendencies”
Rikki-Beadle Blair – actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, singer, aerobics teacher
Richard Cline – journalist and film reviewer
Dominic Treadwell-Collins – former “EastEnders” Story Producer, now head of Development at Lovely Day Productions
Carol Coombes – programme consultant specializing in independent, foreign and LGBTQ films.
Sue Jones Davies – actress, singer, yoga teacher and Town councilor.
Nicholas Downs – actor “Is It Just Me?”
Lawrence Ferber – NYC-based arts and travel journalist/ filmmaker/ programmer
Arwel Gruffydd – actor, director and Associate Director Sherman Cymru.
Alan Hollinghurst – novelist “The Swimming-Pool Library” and “The Line of Beauty.”
Doug Langway – producer, director and writer “BearCity.”
Rebecca Matthews – Director British Council Wales and Chair of the Jury 2010
Eldar Rapaport – winner Iris Prize 2009
Abbe Robinson – winner Best UK Short Iris Prize 2007
Go to the Irish Prize Festival’s website to view the names of the 30 shortlisted entries for the Iris Prize 2010.