BFI Film Academy Recommends: Best Of Iris 2022

6:30 PM 28th February 2023 Queen's Film Theatre

The BFI Film Academy presents a showcase of shorts from The 16th Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

BFI Film Academy Recommends presents the Best of Iris 2022. The 16th Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival brought a huge variety of LGBTQ+ short films to its in-person and online festival. This diverse selection of outstanding short films showcases unique stories from around the world.


Tarneit | Dir. John Sheedy | Australia | 22 Mins (Winner: Iris Prize 2022)

Tyrone lives with his mother and her boyfriend Pommy, a lowlife drug dealer who despises immigrants and homosexuals. Tyrone’s best friend Clinton, a refugee, lives with his older brother Shaker, who also has similarly firm ideas about race and sex. Despite these obstacles, the boys share a bond, both deaf, both neglected by family, and each dreaming of escaping from the brutal violence that surrounds them.

Queer Parivaar | Dir. Shiva Raichandani | UK | 27 Mins (Winner: Iris Prize Best British 2022)

When a mysterious gatecrasher appears at their wedding, Madhav and Sufi are forced to face past secrets and reflect on what makes a family.

Breathe | Dir. Harm Van Der Sander | Netherlands | 6 Mins (Winner: Iris Prize Youth Award)

A lyrical coming of age film which follows two school friends from childhood to young adulthood, as their friendship matures into something more romantic.

Jim | Dir. Tom Young | UK | 15 Mins (Winner: Co-op Audience Award)

Inspired by true events. West London, 1982. Gay priest Jim Fitzsimmons reaches a decision: he’s going to spend one night with a rent boy. The night will change Jim’s life forever, but not for the reasons he expects.

Tank Fairy | Dir. Erich Rettstadt | Taiwan | 10 Mins (Highly Commended Iris Prize)

The magical Tank Fairy delivers her gas tanks unlike any other – with sass, stilettos and a healthy helping of glitter. Her arrival upends the life of Jojo, a lonely ten-year-old who dreams of dancing and drag. Outcast by classmates and misunderstood by his stern, single mom, Jojo is inspired to live out loud by his fierce, propane-toting fairy godmother.

Join us for a post screening discussion with Berwyn Rowlands from Iris to talk about the festival and the programme.

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