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Eyes on the prize

THE MAJORITY OF FILM FESTIVALS FOLD WITHIN A YEAR BUT SINCE ITS LAUNCH IN 2006, THE IRIS PRIZE HAS GONE FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH – AND IS CURRENTLY GEARING UP FOR ITS TENTH ANNIVERSARY. SO WHAT’S ITS SECRET?
KILL PILL DIRECTOR LLOYD EYRE-MORGAN.

To find out, Winq went to meet Berwyn Rowlands, the festival director, and journalist Andrew Pierce, who’s the chairman of the prize. We meet in a café in Kensington just aft er they’ve visited Michael Bishop, the wealthy businessman and Tory peer who gives Iris its £30,000 prize money each year, the biggest handed out by any short film festival, which has to be spent on the creation of a new film.

“What makes Iris stand out,” explains Rowlands, “is the fact we hand out cash to make another film. Most festivals can be successful in saying, ‘Th at’s a lovely film, let’s watch it and talk about it and enjoy it.’ But we felt from the beginning that the world definitely didn’t need another film festival, because there were thousands of them. So we thought if we were going to create another it had to do something different.”

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The new October/November issue of Winq is stuffed with gay goodness. We’ve got an exclusive interview and cover with disco-pop queen Sophie Ellis-Bextor and a second cover featuring Ricky Martin. Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back and better than ever on new album Familia, while Puerto-Rican heartthrob Ricky Martin reminds us why he’s still the king of Latin pop (and as smouldering as ever). Elsewhere we meet the UK’s only out jockey, chat with actor Mark Gatiss, celebrate 50 years of Coming Out with author Jeffrey Weeks, and get to grips with Anohni’s politically-charged new album. Plus a bumper wedding section and Karl Lagerfeld in our business section. The wait is over - Winq is the luxury lifestyle magazine for gay men.
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