Gay Film Wins Major Award at SUNDANCE
A gay short film has won a major award at Sundance Film Festival.
‘Burger, directed by Magnus Mork, won the Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble Acting for its depiction of gay visitors to a late-night burger bar in Cardiff, UK.
The short drama was praised by the jury ‘for its uncanny observation of complex social dynamics and succeeding when it could have gone so wrong.’
The director was present at the ceremony in Parks City, Utah on 21 January to receive the accolade.
Mork won the Iris Prize in 2010, the international LGBTI film award that grants the winner £25,000 ($41k, €31k) to make their next film.
‘Burger’ was among 66 other films, chosen from a selection of 8,200 submissions, vying for the award.
Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, said: ‘This recognition by the Sundance Film Festival is yet more confirmation that Magnus Mork is a huge talent.
‘This is also wonderful news for the Iris Prize and further highlights our work in supporting LGBT film talent.’
In addition, film lovers eager to see the winning entry can do so online. The 11-minute film is currently available to see on YouTube until 26 January.
Berwyn Rowlands, Iris Prize Festival Director, said: ‘The Iris Prize has been committed to sharing LGBT stories with as wide an audience as possible and this opportunity to reach a global audience is amazing.’
The short drama was filmed on location in Cardiff and is described as a ‘beautifully observed study of the characters that inhabit the twilight world of late night burger bars.’