Iris Prize 2020 will available completely free and online this year, for the first time ever, with the festival programme of short films available across the UK. The Iris Prize award is the largest short film prize in the world, with a cash award of £30,000 towards creating a new film. In 2017 the festival was recognised as an A-List BAFTA accredited film festival, alongside Cannes and Sundance, making officially selected films qualified for BAFTA award submission.
A number of Bournemouth Film School graduates are nominated in the Best of British category at this year's festival, which is supported by Film4. Film4's Senior Editor of Acquired feature Films, Tim Highsted, will be chairing the jury that also includes Team GB hockey player Sarah Jones, Aactress Rakie Ayola and directors Sally El Hosaini and Charlie Francis.
The Award for Best International Feature Film, that our jury will preside over, is sponsored by Bad Wolf. The Cardiff based company was established in 2015 by Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter, and has recently finished production on the second series of His Dark Materials for HBO and the BBC. Attitude magazine sponsors the award for Performance in a Male Role and DIVA for Performance in a Female Role.
"Bournemouth Film School at AUB is thrilled to jury this year’s International Feature Film category at Iris Prize.
Three final-year students and two exceptional alumni for our panel will form the panel, chaired by returning jury member and BFS Industry Liaison Lewis Bayley. Accessibility and diversity in storytelling is at the heart of our ethos, which is what makes our relationship with the Iris Prize so important and special to us.
In February 2021, we will welcome’ Iris on the Move Bournemouth’ to campus for our third year in a row, bringing inclusive films to our students and local community and it is our privilege to do so."
Mary Oliver, Dean of School