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Straeon Iris short film scheme returns

The aim of the scheme is to encourage more LGBT stories for the screen, from Wales, about Wales, and in Welsh.

Film makers have until Wednesday 1 November 2017 to get their applications in for Straeon Iris 2. The organisers of the Iris Prize launched Straeon Iris 2, a Welsh language LGBT short film scheme supported by S4C and Ffilm Cymru Wales via BFI NETWORK, during the National Eisteddfod in August.

The scheme is open to individual writers and also writer and director teams and will focus on developing up to six short film scripts before selecting one to go into production.

“This is an amazing opportunity to get LGBT stories on the big screen with the full support of our funders S4C and Ffilm Cymru Wales via BFI NETWORK. Producing a short film is only part of the journey it continues with guaranteed exposure at next year’s Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff. To be hones this film is the only piece of the 2018 programme which is confirmed at this stage!” said Berwyn Rowlands Festival Director.

Catrin Hughes Roberts, Director of Partnerships, S4C says; "Straeon Iris is a truly exciting project and we’re looking forward to working in partnership for a second time with the Iris Prize Festival and Ffilm Cymru Wales. As well as being an advocate for new Welsh drama, S4C is committed to reflecting diversity on screen. Straeon Iris promises to be an exciting opportunity for a cross section of voices to be heard, and will take the Welsh language across the world."

Tracy Spottiswoode, BFI NETWORK Manager at Ffilm Cymru Wales added, “Straeon Iris is an important addition in our commitment to supporting diversity, reflecting the rich variety of voices and stories from Wales. This exciting opportunity follows our Welsh language script writing scheme Y Labordy and current short film initiative Beacons/Bannau, and we’re looking forward to expanding our work with the Iris Prize Festival, who we’re pleased to have supported since they started!”

The finished film will premier in Cardiff during the Iris Prize Film Festival in October 2018.

To apply, please complete the application form below and submit it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.