Scicluna receives £25,000 for the prize to make a new short film in the UK.

Austrailian filmmaker Grant Scicluna has won the 2012 Iris Prize, Cardiff’s international gay and lesbian short film prize, for The Wilding [pictured].

Scicluna’s short about a romance that blossoms between two juvenile inmates in an Australian jail, was praised for being “wonderfully self-assured” and takes home the £25,000 prize for Scicluna to make a new short film in the UK.

Jury chair Lisa Power commented: “This was a special film which demanded attention and every which way we counted the votes and considered our options, The Wilding came out on top.”

The other winners were A Stable for Disabled Horses, directed by Fabio Youniss, which won Best UK Short, Sex of Angels, directed by Xavier Villaverde, winner of the Best Feature Award, with the acting awards going to Ohad Knoller and Kristina Valada-Viars for their roles in Yossi and Molly’s Girl, respectively.

The jury also commended Yeah Kowalski, directed by Evan Roberts and These Empty Streets, directed by Jarrah Gurrie (Austrailia).