Saturday, German filmmaker Till Kleinert's Cowboy won the
sophomore Iris Prize for best gay short film.
second annual Iris Film Festival, set in Cardiff, the capital of
Wales, showcased thirty gay and lesbian short films from around the
globe, but Cowboy walked away with the £25,000 ($45,000)
Kleinert's Cowboy, city dweller Christian comes to a deserted
village where he meets a country lad with whom he spends the day and
night. When harvest starts at dawn, the village shows its real face
and the two men are forced to pay a terrible price in order to leave.
Queer As Folk writer/director Russell T. Davis announced the
winner at the three-day gay film festival.
is a fantastic film that captured the imagination of the jury and the
general public. Till Kleinert is a huge talent. I'm so excited that
he will return to Wales to make a new film with his prize,” said
festival organizer Berwyn Rowlands.
gay short film festival also included a feature film prize.
Antarctica was among the films in competition.
writer/directorYair Hochner's Antarctica seeks to thaw out the
hearts of two lost souls. On his 30th birthday, Omer is
drowning himself in work at the library. Shirley, Omer's little
sister, is having an affair with her boss. Both seem to be locked in
a perpetual cycle of unhappiness when Ronen, the handsome journalist,
enters their lives. Will their frozen hearts thaw?
it was James Bolton's cinematic adaptation of Jim Grimsley's novel
Dream Boy that won the gay feature film prize.
Boy is set in the 1970s American rural south, where new boy in
town Nathan is clearly taken by his new neighbor Roy. The teens are
soon sneaking away to make out in the woods. But Nathan's new-found
happiness is soon threatened by homophobia and a sexually abusive
Iris Film Festival is the world's largest gay and lesbian short film
festival. The included video is a montage of the films screened at
this year's event.
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