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
“‘On The Line Festival’ has become a particularly exciting juggernaut of a project. Not just because of the current pandemic stifling nearly all creative production, but in spite of it.”
On Refugee Day 2020, Saturday 20th June, creative content from young people seeking sanctuary will be streaming live on the Shakespeare’s Globe YouTube channel and website. From spoken word, to lockdown stories and songs, be surprised and mesmerised by the strong voices of tomorrow. Created during Lockdown, and involving young people from all across the UK, Compass Collective has curated their work into an exciting film.
Compass Collective is a non profit theatre company working with refugees and asylum seekers; curating theatre projects and arts-led professional development programmes, using drama and music as a meeting point. The aim of their work is to strengthen communities, build resilience and help people seeking sanctuary integrate into the UK.
“Compass Collective is a small group of six ‘twenty-somethings’ who are committed to empowering and providing a platform for those seeking sanctuary in the UK.” We spoke to Acting alumni Patrick Riley, who helped start up the organisation. “We have been working with vulnerable groups for just over a year now. The ethos of AUB has been a huge asset during this creative process, as working collaboratively was one of my biggest takeaways during my time in Bournemouth. When we needed an animator... easy, a film producer... I know a guy... editor... DONE! Of course several AUB’ers are involved in this production - Jay Jones being our content guru from the film side. It’s been a true joy creating it and the young people are absolute stars!”
Created during lockdown, Compass’ latest project is ‘On-The-Line Festival’. Patrick describes that it “has become a particularly exciting juggernaut of a project. Not just because of the current pandemic stifling nearly all creative production, but in spite of it.”
“This festival is a culmination of work created by over 60 young people from across the UK including Glasgow, Hull, Peterborough, London and Leeds to name but a few. It’s a celebration of how, despite these uncertain times the young people most vulnerable have remained optimistic and positive.”
“For a country that was built by migrants we’ve sometimes got a funny way of showing it.” Film Production alumnus Jay Jones is also working on the exciting festival event. “This film, made by the art, expression and stories of young refugees living right here in our own country, our neighbours, is a celebration of that melting pot that we benefit from culturally in so many ways, from the food we eat and the words we speak to the stories that make us laugh and cry in equal measure.”
The film will stream free across the Globe’s social media channels on Saturday 20 June. The Migration Matters Festival will be hosting a live Q&A with Compass Collective members later that evening.
“Compass Collective are making huge, important changes in so many young people’s lives.... working along side them on this project has been a privilege, especially in times like these” - Sarah Hewland, BA Textiles alumnus.
You can follow Compass Collective on social media for updates on the festival and for all future events. @compasscollect
“A project like this gives me so much hope going forward. Everyone involved is young, hungry and eager to effect this world positively through the arts. Nothing beats hustling hard and creating work you deeply care about... and if you can do that with your mates. Then that’s the good stuff!” -Patrick Riley, BA Acting Alumnus
BAFTA Winning Producer