An LGBT+ film which premiered at St Asaph Cathedral has won 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.
The group was also presented with the first ever Iris Leadership Award for the way in which members have challenged attitudes and fought prejudice within the Church.
Both awards were presented at Cineworld Llandudno Junction as part of a two-day (15/16 February) Iris on the move event which showcased ten films shortlisted for the Iris Community and Education Short Film Awards.
Mike Jones from Changing Attitude, Trawsnewid Agwedd Cymru who collected the awards on behalf of the group said: “It was a real honour to be shortlisted alongside so many inspiring community groups and a shock for us not only to win our category, but to be given an additional special leadership award for our work.
“The Iris Prize team were wanting to affirm the work we have done so far in challenging the Church in Wales to fully include LGBT+ people through our film with its powerful stories and message that we are ‘All One in Christ’. It is a real boost to us as we continue to press on for equality for LGBT+ people in every area of church life, including marriage.
“At last I believe the Church is starting to take us seriously. ‘All One in Christ’ is ‘owned’ not just by ourselves and Iris Outreach but it is being called a ‘Church in Wales film’!
“I’d like to see every diocese, every archdeaconry, every mission or ministry area taking our film seriously, and using it to give all Church in Wales people a chance to hear its message of Good News, and act upon what they hear.”
Ten films in two categories were selected by a panel of film industry professionals and leaders in LGBT+ equality to compete for the main prizes in Llandudno Junction last week.
Speaking during the award ceremony, the Director of the Iris Festival, Berwyn Rowlands said: “Every now and again something happens which reminds you that things can change. Something happens that reminds you how amazing and resilient people can be. Every now and again something happens that reminds you there might be more good in this world than bad.
“The first “Iris Leadership Award” is presented to an organization which has overwhelmingly demonstrated that you can find light at the end of the tunnel.”
The “Iris Leadership Award” was presented to Changing Attitude Trawsnewid Agwedd Cymru by Assembly Member Adam Price.
All One in Christ premiered at St Asaph Cathedral as part of a mini Iris Prize film festival in December. Speaking before the announcement, the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron, who attended the premiere 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.”
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