An LGBT+ film which premiered at St Asaph Cathedral has been shortlisted for the Iris Community Short Film Award.
All One in Christ, was filmed over two days with members of Changing Attitude, Trawsnewid Agwedd Cymru, a network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and heterosexual members of the Church in Wales. Its premiere was part of a mini Iris Prize film festival which took place in December at St Asaph Cathedral.
The Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron, who attended the premiere of All One in Christ said: “The film produced by Changing Attitude Wales was powerful because it was a film of personal testimony, with people bold enough to speak of their complicated, sometimes rejecting, experience of the Church. It’s a film which demands attention, and I’m glad to learn that it is shortlisted for the prize.”
The film is available to watch and download at:
Ten films in two categories have been selected by a panel of film industry professionals and leaders in LGBT+ equality to compete for the main prizes.
There will be an opportunity for the public to see all 10 films on the big screen at Cineworld Llandudno Junction as part of the two-day Iris on the move event on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February 2017.
Mike Jones from Changing Attitude, Trawsnewid Agwedd Cymru said, “We are very grateful to the Iris Prize Outreach team, and the Big Lottery Fund Wales, for making it possible for us to produce our film, ‘All One in Christ’ and for the Church in Wales bishops who encouraged us to do it. Those who took part in the film describe the pain experienced by LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual) people, as a result of being made unwelcome, or the fear of being unwelcome, even rejected, by the Church. But the film is also full of faith, and hope, and even love, for a Church that continues to struggle with accepting people whatever their sexuality.
“We are all one in Christ. This means, for example, that everyone should be able to celebrate their marriages or civil partnerships in churches and receive God’s blessing, wherever they live in Wales. Many – and, in some parts of Wales, the majority – of church members, clergy and bishops agree. But not all do.
“Our hope is that the film will challenge and inspire the Church in Wales to fully include LGBTQIA people in its life and ministry, and be a sign of God’s love and justice in a broken world.”
The Director of the Irish Festival, Berwyn Rowlands added: “Communities and schools across Wales have been very busy writing, directing and producing some amazing short films. I’m confident that these new awards will help find a bigger audience for their work which promotes a better understanding of issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”
“The community films have been produced by Iris in The Community thanks to the funding awarded by the Big Lottery Fund with support from Video Europe. The education shorts have also been produced by Iris in the Community and funded by Ffilm Cymru Wales and You Tube.”
The judges will have one last chance to see the films with the public before retiring to make their decisions. But they will need to be quick and reach their decisions before the award show which starts at 8pm on Thursday the 16 of February.