Following the announcement that Brazilian film-maker Daniel
Ribeiro was awarded the renowned Iris Prize - at the world's
largest Lesbian and Gay International Short Film Festival - not
only has Ribeiro won £25,000, giving him the chance to make a
new short film, but the best lesbian short submissions are
available online now for your delectation!
All of the six shorts (listed below) made the official selection,
with Lucy Asten Elliot's James Dean making the final shortlist.
Peccadillo Pictures and BlinkBox are giving you the chance to view
the films exclusively for one month as of this week.
Amongst the 30 diverse and compelling short films that made the
final selection there were six lesbian films, including the
phenomenal James Dean by film-maker Lucy Asten Elliott.
Scotland, 8 min, Lucy Asten Elliott
'James Dean' follows the Faulkners as they desperately try to
leave for their family holiday. Efforts to co-ordinate the trip are
thwarted by their inability to get all members into the car at the
same time. Frustrated by their dawdling, 14-year-old daughter Alex
has picked this inopportune moment to tell her elder sister
Morvern, and her mum and dad her secret. However, with a distracted
and currently disinterested family, she realises the only way to
tell them is to show them.
USA, 10min, Dir. Jason Knade
Cyclicity is a girl-meets-girl love story that explores
philosophical themes and contemporary romance whilst showing the
life of a relationship, from beginning to end, from the first
hopeful spark of attraction to the painful final goodbyes.
UK, 9 min, Ric Forster
Thinking Straight is a coming of age 'rites of passage' story
centred on the main protagonist, Sam, her confusion with her
sexuality, and the developing relationship with a girl she meets in
a bar. Gradually, Sam is forced to confront the truth about who she
Israel/ France, 40 min, Aya and Yaelle Shwed
Yaelle (a new immigrant in Israel from France and Visual Artist)
and Aya (musician and artist) have decided to bring a camera into
to their lives to film their harmonious relationship versus the
complex relationship with Yaelle's parents. Their journey moves
between despair and hope, showing courage and honesty alongside the
price of freedom.
Cross Your Fingers
UK, 16 min, Yun Joo Chang
Su-Yeon, an Asian manicurist in a hair salon in Brixton, south
London, and a good Catholic girl, is confronted with her desire and
feelings when a punk girl Maya walks into the salon and takes her
DIVA readers should check out Programme 2 in particular, which
features almost all of these sensational lesbian shorts. Or,
why not browse through all the tantalising short programmes for
some truly diverse and original LGBT short films from around the
If you're unable to view the programmes within a month, UK film
distributor Peccadillo Pictures will be including some of them on a
future HERE COME THE GIRLS compilation in 2012.
Programme 2 can be viewed on BlinkBox
To view all of this year's Iris Prize Short Films, please visit
the official LGBT page on BlinkBox here.
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For further information on the Iris Prize, please visit www.irisprize.org
For further information on Blinkbox, please visit www.blinkbox.com
For further information on Peccadillo Pictures, please visit www.peccapics.com
NB: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SHORTS WILL STREAM IN THE UK
IMAGE CREDIT: James Dean film still by George Geddes