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IRIS, BY FIRST TIME DIRECTOR DIANA RODRIGUEZ, IS ONE OF THE BEST FOR FESTS CURATED BY BRUNO CHATELIN FOR THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

 

Alice Kremelberg (Orange Is The New Black) stars as the eponymous Iris, and gives an outstanding lead performance as this tortured soul dreadfully awaiting the death of her Aunt Adelaide, played by Mary Looram (Like Father, Braid). As Aunt Adelaide slowly withers away in hospice, Iris continues her day to day routines of working in an antique shop, and scrolling online for connections through an online dating app. However, Iris has an ulterior motive behind her digital search for suitors, and it’s not love. Iris has a hunger, and she needs to feed. On every date she goes on, she sizes her match up and determines their strength of character on a criteria of what she considers basic human decency. And if any of her dates fail to meet her standards, then that’s the end of them. They’re dinner. That’s just how Iris operates.

But complications arise when Iris meets Tom, played by Grant MacDermott (Hustlers, Mr. Robot), at a support group meeting for people dealing with the lingering effects of grief. Tom is a good hearted man coping with crippling trauma. As their chaste relationship develops, Iris is confounded by a debilitating emotional dilemma. She yearns for the love she once lost, but recognizes the potential in having a strong bond with Tom. Unfortunately, her primal nature exposes itself in the heat of lust, causing her deep seated vampirism to emerge and overtake her instincts. So she can never truly express her true feelings to Tom without it resulting in his death. What’s a timeless girl to do in the big city?

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IRIS selected at First-Time Filmmaker Online Sessions

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First-Time Filmmaker Online Sessions has been designed to be the entry into the Lift-Off Global Network. It is a monthly online showcase, dedicated to screening a collection of globally submitted indie shorts and features (of all genres) from new voices.

With startling data on declining audience figures for indie film, we decided to extend our resources to cater for an all-encompassing and welcoming platform where everyone can see the type of work and varying elements from as many projects as possible.

Lift-Off Sessions isn't about selecting the best possible shorts or features from the films that are submitted to us, it is about providing a screening opportunity for everyone. An opportunity we hope highlights and educates each and every month.

For you, the Lift-Off Sessions showcase is an invaluable opportunity to see lots of your contemporaries' work, while supporting indie film and its continued success.

On our YouTube Channel you'll find free content such as live workshops, interviews with our filmmakers, news updates and more. Just copy and paste this link into a separate tab: https://www.youtube.com/c/liftoffglobalnetwork

The first round of this festival is held online, via Vimeo On Demand. Guaranteed screening to all submitters for the first round. The finalists are then judged by professional reviewers who select their monthly winner.

The winning short film of each month's edition are screened at both our annual Sessions event at Pinewood Studios AND they form part of Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival screening at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood in the summer.

This festival is targeted to provide a platform to new voices in the indie world. Each film needs to be the first filmmaking project undertaken by a core production team member (director or producer) or the first project undertaken within 5 years of their previous project.

THE SOCIAL ROUND

Audience members are all invited to vote for their first and second favourite films on the page. These choices are weighted equally to remove bias. The top 5 voted films at the end of the festival week (the finalists) each receive FREE Intermediate Lift-Off membership.

THE INTERNAL JUDGING ROUND

The Lift-Off Judges pick their overall winning short and feature from the top voted films. The winning short from each month is screened at Pinewood Studios UK AND Raleigh Studios, Hollywood. The winning feature filmmakers are invited to an event at Pinewood where trailers are screened, followed by networking opportunities and industry demos.

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