Mumbai, Oct 17 IBNS | 2 years ago

The 2013 Iris Prize, which is world's highest cash award for a LGBT film, was recently conferred to an Australian short film titled 'Gorilla'.

'Gorilla', a short film about a newly formed couple who are forced to face the unknown in their lives when a mysterious woman arrives at their secluded camp site, was chosen as the winner.

The Australian filmmaker Tim Marshall, will receive the GBP25,000 prize, that will allow him to make a new short film in the UK.

The 10 international member jury comprising of festival directors, filmmakers, artists and media activists from USA, UK and India, had to select the winner from 30 international entries.

Sridhar Rangayan, festival director of Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film festival, was on the jury this year.

"It was an amazing sharing and learning experience, watching films, discussing and analyzing them with the well informed and passionate co-jury members. I particularly was stuck that each of us brought in a different viewpoint to the jurying process" said Rangayan.

The jury also chose 'My Mother' by Jay Bedwani for the Best UK Short. The 9-minute short film focuses on Gustavo Billarreal from California and what inspires him to live and perform as his alter-ego Donna Personna.

"It's rare to find a documentary made with such love and tenderness. This beautiful film captivates with its intimate account of a courageous life. We wanted it to be longer," added co-jury member, Gilly Adams.

The jury also highly recommended 'For Dorian' by Rodrigo Barriuso (Canada) and 'The Last Time I Saw Richard' by Nicholas Verso (Australia).

"It was really a close call because each of these films offered an exciting and new perspective into LGBT lives, and pushed the boundaries in their filmmaking style", said Rangayan adding, "I am looking forward to bring these exciting award winning films to India to screen at Kashish 2014 to be held in May".

Other awards announced at the Iris Awards 2013 were: 'Cupcakes' by Eytan Fox as best feature film, Ryan Steele in 'Five Dances' as best actor, Sabine Wolf in 'Two Mothers' as best actress.

The youth jury chose 'Straight With You' by Daan Bol as the best film on youth subject, with 'The Language of Love' by Laura Scrivano receiving an honourable mention.

(Posted on 17-10-2013)