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BBFC RatingBFI Film Academy Recommends: Best of Iris 2022

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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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BFI Film Academy

Recommends are programmes of screenings of highly recommended films made by new and established filmmakers, providing young people with the opportunity to appreciate and learn about the art of cinematic storytelling.

Find out more about BFI Film Academy here. BFI Film Academy Venue Education Fund in delivered in NI by the Nerve Centre in partnership with QFT and Film Hub NI. The BFI Film Academy programme is supported using funds from the National Lottery.

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