Maria Balduzzi’s graduation film WOLVES will be screening at The Iris Prize Festival this week, in competition for Best British Short. The Iris Prize is a six-day celebration of LGBT films which takes place in Cardiff, Wales.
WOLVES centres around teenager, Josh, who lives alone with his father in a remote corner of the British countryside. Their relationship is strained, and Josh spends much of his time exploring the nearby woods, but his life takes an unexpected turn when he meets a mysterious boy, wearing nothing but his underwear, shivering with cold and unable to speak. Maria says of the film, “It’s very much a film about love. I wanted the film to represent the way we experience life and memory in our most intimate moments.”
The 20-minute short screens on Friday 13th October, with the final winner of Best British Short announced on Sunday 15th at the Iris Carnival. Producer and fellow LFS alumnus Dévorah Corona Mendéz spoke to us from the festival:
“The reception at the Iris Prize has been amazing. Maria and myself are humbled to be part of the amazing selection of films that are being shown - when they say "it's more than films... It's family", they are right. It's a unique experience - from the films, to the forums and the meals where you get to sit down and have tea with the director of the festival, Berwyn Rowlands. They are an incredibly supportive organization, diverse and welcoming, and we will be coming back and supporting this festival from now on. We are very proud to be representing our community alongside this amazing and active organization that does so much for filmmaking and human rights throughout the year.”
Maria, who comes from Milan, Italy, and who graduated from LFS in 2016, is currently working on various sets and passion projects and is in the development stage of her feature project, which will deal with issues facing the LGBT community in cultures where the community is still fighting for basic human and civil rights. Alongside this, she is also continuing to work as a creative team with Dévorah and fellow LFS alumnus Harry Baker and hoping to formalise that working relationship in the near future.
As well as the Iris Prize, WOLVES will also screen as part of the Public Exhibition Programs at the 24fps International Short Film Festival in Texas on November 4th, with the festival organisers calling it an ‘exceptional’ piece of work.
We wish the whole team the best of luck and hope they continue to enjoy the festival.
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The Iris Prize Festival is a six-day celebration of LGBT film in Cardiff, Wales (UK). The programme includes screenings of the 35 international short films competing for the Iris Prize and the 15 Best British Short nominees, as well as feature films, parties and talks. The festival culminates with the Iris Carnival, where the award winners are crowned, including the winner of the prestigious £30,000 Iris Prize, supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation.
Copy by Sophie McVeigh. Photo: Maria Balduzzi, Dévorah Corona Méndez