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FEATURE: Hove-based film judge urges support for local independent cinemas

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The Iris Prize, the only LGBTQ+ short film competition in the world has just announced its 2020 winners – and a Hove-based tv executive played a key role.Tim Highsted, Senior Editor, Acqired Feature Films for Film4 told me how delighted he’s been to be chairman of the judging panel for this year’s Iris Best British award.

And he also told me about his hopes and fears for the future of cinemas and film in the current Covid crisis.The overall Iris Prize went to Short Calf Muscle , from the Netherlands and other winners included : Cocoon for best feature and best performance in a female role; Dry Wind for best performance in a male role and Better, which was picked as  best British film in the category Tim judged.Better, is by Michael J Fern.

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