Andrew Pierce Confirmed as Chair

27 March 2013

• The Festivals Company is delighted to confirm Andrew Pierce as first Chair of the Iris Prize

• During speech he shares his ambition to see the festival become a world leader in supporting LGBT film makers and their projects  

Andrew Pierce the much respected British journalist has been confirmed as chair of the Iris Prize, Cardiff’s International Gay and Lesbian Short Film Prize. Pierce is a columnist and Consultant Editor for the Daily Mail and was previously Assistant Editor of The Daily Telegraph, assistant editor of the Times and has been a patron of the Iris Prize since 2007.

During a drinks reception on Saturday (23 March 2013) at the BFI in London, Andrew Pierce commented: “I’ve been honoured to have been a patron of the Iris Prize since 2007 and thrilled to play my part in the development of this prestigious LGBT film prize and festival. In a relatively short space of time the Iris Prize has developed a strong reputation within the international LGBT film community.”

“I believe we have only just seen the beginning of what Iris can achieve. Over the next three years as we look forward to our 10th anniversary in 2016 I’m confident we will see Iris grow and develop to support even more film makers and share their stories to as wide an audience as possible.”

“I’m looking forward to working with my fellow Iris Patrons including Lord Glendonbrook who has been very generous in financially supporting the Iris Prize, Berwyn Rowlands the Festival Director based in Cardiff, and all the film makers, sponsors and members of the public who I consider to be part of the growing Iris family.”

Introducing Andrew Pierce during the reception, Berwyn Rowlands from The Festivals Company commented: “Many individuals, companies and organisations have shared The Festivals Company's vision for the Iris Prize. Andrew on the other hand has championed Iris more than any other person I know. A lot of what he does goes unnoticed and that’s the way he likes it. I hope he doesn’t mind me thinking of today as a much overdue marriage between a very special lady and a tenacious political hack who’s been charmed by the power of Iris.”

The Iris Prize continues to be the world’s largest gay and lesbian short film prize valued at £25,000 and will be presented for the seventh time during the Iris Prize Festival, which takes place in Cardiff, Wales (UK) from 9 – 13 October 2013.