Teenage Kicks – win at the Iris Prize in UK
Australian actor Miles Szanto took out the Award for Best Performance in a Male Role at this year’s Iris Prize Festival in Wales for his performance in the indie feature Teenage Kicks.
The jury praised Szanto’s work saying, “Miles Szanto’s performance was amazing. The juxtaposition between physical strength and emotional vulnerability was mesmerising. We’re looking forward to watching his movie career with great anticipation.”
Teenage Kicks is released in the UK this month by Bounty Films.
The award was received on Miles’ behalf by Teenage Kicks director Craig Boreham who praised his work saying “Miles is a powerful and dedicated young actor who threw himself into a challenging role with body and soul.” Boreham was a member of this year’s International Jury for the Iris Prize for Best Short Film.
Often dubbed ‘The Gay Oscars’, The Iris Prize is an important highlight of the LGBTQI film festival circuit boasting the largest short film prize in the world for LGBTQI filmmakers with the Best International short claiming a £30,000 prize to make a new short film. The winners were announced at the Iris Carnival on Sunday, marking the culmination of six days of film screenings, talks and forums.
The full list of winners include:
Best Performance in a Male Role: Miles Szanto for Teenage Kicks (Australia)
Best Performance in a Female Role: Fawzia Mirza for Signature Move (USA)
Best Feature Film: Prom King, 2010 directed by Christopher Schaap (USA)
Iris Prize for Best International Short Film: Mother Knows Best directed by Mikael Bundsen (Sweden)
Best British Short – We Love Moses directed by Dionne Edwards (UK)
Iris Prize Youth Award: Lilly directed by Graham Cantwell (Ireland)
Teenage Kicks Official Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/E4KE_iSHpBo
Teenage Kicks official movie website: http://www.teenagekicksthemovie.com/
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