Brothers and Sisters star Matthew Rhys announces Iris Prize line-up for 200

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30 films selected for the world’s largest gay and lesbian short film prize

• New Zealand makes the final for the first time joining USA, Canada, Germany, UK, Germany, Brazil, South Korea, Sweden, Israel, Australia and Portugal.

• US filmmakers make up half the films in competition.

• Canadian filmmaker Trevor Anderson makes it to the final for the second year running!

• Themes tackled include a 70 year old man’s foot fetish and a globe-trotting teddy bear!

A wealth of talent from across the globe will descend on Cardiff, Wales in October as international filmmakers travel to the city to discover who will win this year’s Iris Prize.

The 30 films to compete for the prize, the world’s largest international gay and lesbian short film prize, have been announced.

The films will be competing for the largest prize for a gay and lesbian short film – a package valued at £25,000 – at this year’s Iris Prize Festival which takes place from October 7th – 10th in Cardiff.

“The shortlist for the 2009 Iris Prize once again represents the best of the best. Half of the short listed films have once again been nominated by our partner festivals – film festivals that have their fingers on the pulse of upcoming gay and lesbian filmmaking talent from around the world. I’m confident that amongst this year’s shortlist we have yet another winner deserving of the Iris Prize,” said Matthew Rhys, Iris Prize Patron.

“It’s great to see films from all over the world represented in the shortlist with entries from Canada, USA, Israel, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Portugal, Brazil, UK and for the first time a film from New Zealand making it through to the final. The US has once again got the largest number of films in competition with an impressive 15 out of the final 30,” he added.

You can see the full list of 30 short films here: Shortlist 09 Iris Prize