Bafta Wales

2012 Producers Forum Programme Confirmed

19 September 12

International film and TV delegates to discuss funding and distribution at Cardiff’s Producers Forum.

Expanded industry event to co-inside with Iris Prize film festival

12 industry speakers from the UK and US to address the forum
Highlights includes Distrify co-founder Andrew Green discussing distribution and a presentation by S4C on co-production
Cardiff will host a newly expanded Producers Forum in October to co-inside with the popular Iris Prize Film Festival. The film and TV industry event will focus on the latest issues affecting low budget film making addressing issues of funding and distribution.
“The Producers Forum offers filmmakers from the UK a chance to interact with professionals from all four corners of the globe in a friendly but business like manner. We start with a strong international base with many delegates converging in Cardiff for the Iris Prize Festival. Expanding the Producers Forum beyond gay and lesbian production has been a natural and easy process. 99% of business issues affecting LGBT film content is relevant to anybody working in film and TV today,” said Berwyn Rowlands from the Festivals Company.
“As the MD of a production company located in the UK working on international co-productions, I’m aware of the similarities there are between all of us working in this sector, whether you’re producing documentaries, horror or children’s programmes. The Producers Forum is the ideal place to share, learn and make new contacts for future projects,” he added.
The one day event will focus on two main areas covering funding and distribution. Kevin Dolan, Talent Development Manager at Film London will start the day with an overview of funding opportunities in the UK. Other speakers will include Distrify co-founder Andrew Green who will look at distributing content, Elin Morris from S4C will lead on a presentation about the channel’s co-production activity, and the Bafta in Wales closing comments will be given by the BFI’s Deputy Chief Executive Tim Cagney.
“I’m delighted that the Producers Forum is expanding to be relevant to a wider media community this year. The opportunity for the sector in Wales and beyond to meet and share ideas and discuss challenges that affect day to day business life with other international partners will be very useful,” said Judy Wasdell, Manager, Media Antenna.
The full programme is available here: http://www.irisprize.org/producers-forum/
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Further notes:
· The Producers Forum is the annual gathering of directors, producers, writers, actors, and distributors who meet in Cardiff to discuss the latest issues to affect the film industry. Coinciding with the Iris Prize Festival the Producers Forum is the perfect place to learn, share, and network with like minded people.
· The Iris Prize – Cardiff’s International gay and lesbian short film prize is the only short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. Iris is more than just a trophy that gathers dust or a certificate that yellows on the wall. Iris is what film makers need – funding, support and guidance.
· The Iris Prize Festival is a five day event which includes screenings of the 31 short films competing for the Iris Prize, premiere screenings of 8 new feature films, panel sessions, networking opportunities, parties and a glittering awards show and brunch.
· The 2012 Iris Prize Festival will take place in Cardiff, Wales (UK) from 10th – 14th October.


Principal Funder: Welsh Government

Funders and sponsors: Cardiff Council, Chapter, Cineworld, Peccadillo Pictures, Film Agency for Wales, ACW, BFI, A&B, Media Antenna, Bafta in Wales, Witchward Productions, Skillset Academy+, Skillset Media Academy Wales, ANIAN, S4C and Creative Skillset Cymru.
Further Details:
Berwyn Rowlands, Tel: +44 (0)29 20232744, Mobile: +44 (0) 7860 818294
Email: berwyn@thefestivalscompany.co.uk www.irisprize.org