Iris on the Move takes a celebration of LGBT film to North Wales

Organisers of the Iris Prize have confirmed programme details for the 2018 Iris on the Move event in Cineworld, Llandudno Junction.


  • 2017 Iris Prize winner Mikael Bundsen from Sweden to attend the Llandudno Junction based LGBT film festival
  • Love theme adopted to celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen with stories about loving a bald man, the animated reality of loving a bear and a reminder of darker times in 1950s Yorkshire.
  • 13 short films in the running for gold at the 2nd Iris Community & Education Short Film Awards

Highlights of the January celebration of LGBT film include the screening of 2017 Iris Prize Winner Mother Knows Best by Mikael Bundsen from Sweden and Iris Prize Best British winner We Love Moses by Dionne Edwards. Both film makers will be in Llandudno Junction to introduce their films.

The festival also includes a programme of “love” short films to celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen, the Patron Saint of Welsh Lovers and the Welsh equivalent of Valentine’s Day. The international mix of stories includes a musical from Norway about a young man who comes out to his parents and confides in them that he is in love with a bald man; a silent train journey in India across a crowded carriage, the dark days of Britain in 1950s Yorkshire and the animated tale of a gay man who’s into bears, literally!

The three-day festival will also include a chance to see the popular and award-winning feature God’s Own Country, which many describe as the UK version of Brokeback Mountain, and the international comedy Signature Move which focuses on the life of a thirty-something Muslim lawyer who’s also a lesbian and has started training as a Mexican wrestler! The films and events all take place in Cineworld, Llandudno Junction on the 24, 25 and 26 of January 2018.

The organisers have also confirmed the names of the short films competing for the second Iris Community & Education Short Film Awards. Six secondary schools are competing for the Education Award. They are: Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Ammanford; Ysgol Stanwell School, Penarth; Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor; Eastern High School, Cardiff; Lewis School Pengam, Bargoed and Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, Castell Newydd Emlyn. The films will be judged by:

Rhiannon Hughes – Director of Wicked Cymru, Youth Film Festival
Graham Cantwell – Lily Director, Winner of Iris Prize Youth Jury Award
Paula Johnson – North Wales Police Enfys
Alex Polanski - Bangor University LGBT+ Society

There are seven short films competing for the Iris Community Short Film Award, the groups responsible for the films are: Office of National Statistics, Wales Audit Office, RainbowBiz, Shelter Cymru, South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus, Swansea People First, Glitter Cymru. The films will be judged by:

Mike Jones - Changing Attitude
Jenny-Anne Bishop – Unique Transgender Network
David Holloway – Bearable Director
Dionne Edwards – We Love Moses Director, Best British Winner

Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented:

“We were delighted to confirm details for the 2018 programme as we make final arrangements to return to North Wales. The three-day programme includes film screenings, education sessions for schools and the second Iris Community & Education short film awards.”

“It is important that Iris engages with audiences across the UK and this commitment to North Wales is the beginning of an ambitious plan to share LGBT stories with communities across the UK. I’m delighted that during 2018 Iris on the Move will be visiting: Newcastle, Manchester and Brighton.”

The full Iris on the Move: Llandudno Junction programme and box office is available here

All screenings are open to the public.