Screen and Film School Birmingham College Principal collects awards at Iris Film Festival 

19 October, 2021

We are delighted to announce that College Principal of Screen and Film School Birmingham and Producer Hannah Stevenson has picked up two awards at the critically acclaimed Iris Prize Film Festival last week.

Baba, directed by Sam Arbor and Adam Ali and co-produced by Susan Simnett, has been announced as the winner of the Iris Prize 2021, Cardiff’s International LGBT+ Short Film Prize, sponsored by The Michael Bishop Foundation. The £30,000 prize enables them to make a new short film in Wales, becoming the thirteenth Iris production.

In addition, Baba has also won the Best British Award, supported by Film4 and Pinewood Studios.  This is only the second time in the festival’s 15-year history that a film has won both categories. The winner receives an exclusive screening of their film in the deluxe John Barry Theatre at Pinewood Studios complete with red carpet and a welcome reception with drinks and canapes sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group.

Rasheed Bailey, Chair of the Jury, had this to say about Baba:

“A skilfully constructed film that speaks to oppression, acceptance and the strength of community. The direction is impressive, coherent and offers moments of self-reflection whilst transmitting courageousness and pride in one’s identity. The issues explored are systemic issues that affect countless others, but the story is portrayed in a hopeful way which encourages a call to action to continue the fight for equality. Baba also appeals to a wide audience, due to its many ingredients – such as; beautiful visuals, humour, warmth, and moments of real tension and adventure.”

Having an award-winning producer at our Screen and Film School Birmingham campus is a great opportunity not just for the students but the school too. We are all very excited to see what Hannah does next! Keep your eyes peeled and check out her award-winning film ‘Baba’ which is up for nomination at Raindance Film Festival next month.

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