Our very own editor-in-chief will be sitting on the panel 

BY ELLA GAUCI, IMAGE BY IRIS PRIZE 

The Cardiff-based Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival has now revealed its international jury for the 2023 competition. Chairing this year’s panel is award-winning filmmaker Campbell X whose film Stud Life was voted by the Guardian as one of the top 10 Black British feature films ever made. 

Supporting Campbell will be our very own fabulous editor-in-chief Roxy Bourdillon, alongside Best British Winner 2022 Darius Shu. Werner Borkes, Iris Prize winner 2022 John Sheedy, and Cinder Chou are also going to be on the panel next to Alastair James, Lindsay Robinson, Cherie Federico, and Guto Rhun. 

To read more about the international jury, click here

Berwyn Rowlands, Iris Prize Festival Director, said: “It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Campbell X back to Cardiff to chair the international jury. He has been a long-standing friend to Iris and we are confident that he will lead the panel of jurors in the difficult deliberations of choosing a winner out of the 35 short films in competition.”

“Once again we have a varied and mixed group of talented people on the jury, and each will bring their own expertise to the decision-making table. It is particularly exciting this year as we are moving to our new home at Vue Cinema in the centre of Cardiff, next to the prestigious Principality Stadium. We hope that our jury, as well as our audience, will enjoy watching the very best short films as we share some wonderful LGBTQ+ stories from around the world.”

The winner of the International Iris Prize Short, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation will receive £30,000 to make a new LGBTQIA-themed film in the UK and will be invited to be part of the jury next year.

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