Iris Devins is a writer, director, and producer. Her work introduces trans and queer characters to a unique blend of genre, drama, and visually-driven filmmaking. Her short films have screened at festivals, including Outfest Los Angeles, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Philadelphia Film Festival, Indie Memphis, NewFest, Frameline, and Inside Out. The Sundance Institute selected her to participate in the Screenwriters Intensive, and she was a Sundance Knight Fellow. The Leeway Foundation awarded her with a 2018 Transformation Award.

Her most recent narrative short, Trashy Booty, is an absurdist, dark dramedy about two dumpster diving trans women who find a hitchhiking robot in the outskirts of Philadelphia. The short was supported by a grant from the Sundance Institute with additional support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In addition to festivals, Club des Femmes featured a screening of Trashy Booty in London with a collection of trans shorts. Her romance/drama short, After the Date, portrayed a relationship between a trans woman and a straight, cisgender man. The short received an Art & Change grant from the Leeway Foundation.

She is currently developing her first narrative feature, a trans sci fi/drama, which received early development support from the Independence Public Media Foundation.

She completed her MFA in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. She works as a freelance filmmaker, visual effects artist, and film instructor.

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Grants Awarded to Iris Devins

$35,000 - Awarded December 2020

Focus areas
Representation in Media

The 2020 film grant will support "Childless," a sci-fi/drama feature film about a trans woman who pursues an alternative fertility treatment at a rogue lab in Denmark. While there she uncovers a plot to revive eugenics through gene editing and must fight to save her new son and the universe. Childless not only explores the ethics of science but is deeply committed to illuminating trans motherhood and developing a character arc that moves from a need for biological motherhood to chosen motherhood through adoption. In doing so, the film hopes to create a piece that all women—no matter their background—find relatable.

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