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THE PARK INN HOTEL, FRIDAY 14th OCTOBER 2016 9.30am - 4.00pm

Supported By: The Iris Prize is supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation

Creative Europe Desk UK (Wales)

PRODUCERS FORUM 2016 SCHEDULE 9.30 10.25 - 10.30 (Llandaff Suite)

COFFEE AND REGISTRATION Welcome from the host of the producers Forum.

10.30 - 11.30 (Llandaff Suite)

SESSION ONE: FUNDING FILM How to get your latest film funded. The view from the national agencies

11.45 - 12.45 (Llandaff Suite)

SESSION TWO: HOW TO GET YOUR FILM INTO A FILM FESTIVAL Want to get your film into a festival? learn from the film festivals themselves

1.00 - 1.50


2.00 - 3.00 (LLandaff Suite)

SESSION THREE: CROWDFUNDING & LOW BUDGET - DOES IT WORK? Does crowdfunding really work? Learn from filmmakers who have been there and done it.

2.00 - 3.00 (Breakout, Cineworld Cardiff)

IRIS & ME: TILL KLEINERT’S EXPERIENCE As part of the 10th anniversarry celebrations this is a rare opportunity to see 2008 Iris Prize Winner Till Kleinert’s powerful short films, Cowboy & Boys Village. The screening will be held in conversation with festival director Berwyn Rowlands.

3.00 - 3.55 (Llandaff Suite)

SESSION FOUR: ARE MULTIPLEXES ONLY INTERESTED IN HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTERS? Learn from the industry leaders on how multiplexes are changing to bring new independent content to multiplexes.

3.55 - 4.00 (Llandaff Suite)

DIOLCH YN FAWR / THANKS Closing comments from the host of the Producers Forum.

4.00 - 7.00 (BAFTA Bar, Cineworld, Level 4)

CARDIFF MINI FILM FESTVIAL RAINBOW NETWORKING PARTY A chance to network with industry professionals and meet like minded creatives who may be looking for someone like you for their next project.

9.30 - 10.25 Coffee and registration Industry Hub Stands set up in foyer. NEW for 2016 – Film industry organisations will be represented in the centre of the foyer, featuring stands from: BECTU/CULT Cymru: Sian Gale Creative Europe: Judy Wasdell Ffilm Cymru Wales/ BFI NET.WORK: Tracy Spottiswoode Festival Formula: Katie McCullogh Capital Law: Fiona Peet & Nicholas de Figueiredo You will be able to book private consultations with these industry professionals from 9.30am.

10.25 - 10.30 Welcome from the host of the Producers Forum Chair of the Producers Forum, welcomes delegates to the 2016 Producers Forum.

10.30 - 11.30 Session One: Funding film – the view from the national agencies A session exploring how to get your project funded. Whether you live in England, Ireland or Wales we have every basis covered. The most influential people in film funding will be present to take you through step by step of the best ways to get funding for your project. Keith Potter, Irish Film Borard. Mary Burke, BFI. Pauline Burt, Ffilm Cymru Wales.

11.30 - 11.45 BREAK Tea and Cofee will be served in the reception area for all delegates to enjoy a short break.

11.45 - 12.45 Session Two: How to get your film into a film festival You’ve made a film, now what next? submitting your film into festivals is the best way to build a fanbase and an audience for your latest project. In this session we are joined by some of the biggest film festivals around the world to give you vital information on the do’s and don’ts of film festival submission. Encounters, Bristol. Andrew Murphy, INSIDEOUT. Michael Gamilla, ImageOut

1.00 - 1.50 LUNCH Everybody is invited to enjoy lunch in the spacious dining room of the Park Inn Hotel. Take advantage and network, but try not to eat and speak at the same time - there is an art form to networking successfully! After lunch speaker: Morag Livingstone (Chair of BECTU’s Writers, Producers & Directors branch in London) Supported by CULT Cymru/BECTU

2.00 - 3.00 Session Three: Crowd Funding and Low Budget - does it work? Crowd funding has become a crucial tool to help film makers with funding their latest project. Join a panel of award winning film makers and find out the best tools to get your low budget project off the ground. Learn from industry experts on the top tips for crowd funding successfully and if it really does work.

2.00 - 3.00 Breakout Session Iris & Me: Till Kleinert’s Experience As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations IRIS AND ME offers a rare opportunity to see 2008 Iris Prize Winner Till Kleinerts powerful winning short film Cowboy and the haunting film he made using his prize, Boys Village. Both films have played at festivals globally with Boys Village taking a major award at a youth film festival in China. Till has been very busy since winning the Iris Prize 8 years ago, and after the screenings he will be in conversation with festival director Berwyn Rowlands.

3.00 - 3.55 Session Four: Are Multiplexes only interested in Hollywood Blockbusters? You’ve made your film, you’ve done the festival circuit, now what? Are multiplexes only interested in Brad Pitt movies? Vue Cinemas, Cineworld and Disney join us for this session as we discuss how to get the attention of some of the biggest organisations in the UK.

3.55 - 4.00 Thanks/Diolch Closing comments from the host of the Producers Forum

4.00 - 7.00 - BAFTA Bar, Cineworld Cardiff Mini Film Festival Rainbow Networking Party Cardiff Mini Film Festival are teaming up with the Iris Prize and the Producers Forum to bring you a rainbow networking party. You will be given different coloured wristbands depending on what your current or aspired role is in the film industry so that people can make a bee-line for you if you are what they need on their next project.

Media Su rgerie s Sign up for media surgeries by visiting the stand in the main reception area. A media surgery is your chance to book a one to one meeting with film industry professionals to discuss an idea, to ask advice or gain vital feedback. Book your place from 9.30am

Bectu/ Cult Cymru: Sian Gale

Siân juggles managing the BECTU led CULT Cymru learning project funded by the Welsh Government with working as a qualified trainer and consultant specialising in Business Skills and Equality and Diversity. Siân is passionate about supporting people in their career progression. She is a trustee of the Welsh Broadcasting Trust.

Creative Europe Desk UK Wales: Judy Wasdell

Judy Wasdell is Manager of Creative Europe Desk UK Wales. Judy has worked in the film and TV industry for over 25 years formerly for Richard Attenborough Productions, the BBC and MEDIA Antenna Wales.

Ffilm Cymru Wales / BFI NET.WORK Tracy Spottiswoode

Tracy oversees Talent Development for the BFI NET.WORK and joined Ffilm Cymru Wales in 2010 having established a career as an a ward-winning writer, director and animator, as well as professional script editing and creative writing consultancies. Screen work includes commissions from BBC Films and S4C.

Festival Formula Katie McCullough

Katie McCullough is the founder of Festival Formula Ltd, a consultancy company focusing on filmmakers covering festival strategy. She’s hosted workshops and seminars for a broad range of audiences over the past ten years including: Encounters Film Festival, Shooting People, East End Film Festival and many training events at the BFI Southbank.

Capital Law Fiona Peet

Fiona worked at a Welsh independent TV production company as head of legal & business affairs for two years, dealing with a broad range of production related agreements and negotiations.

Capital Law Nicholas de Figueiredo

Nicholas joined Capital Law as a trainee in October 2012 and qualified as a commercial and intellectual property solicitor in October 2014.

B i ographies SESSION ONE: FUNDING FILM Keith Potter - Irish Film Board From 2007-2010, Keith was the Head of Talent at the Film Agency for Wales. Films the agency invested in during this period include Submarine, Mugabe and the White African, Patagonia and I am Slave. Prior to working at the Film Agency for Wales, Keith was Head of Development at Dan Films, responsible for a slate of projects intended for cinema release including Christopher Smith’s Triangle as well as working with acclaimed novelists Tom Rob Smith and Jeff Noon on feature projects.

Mary Burke - BFI Mary Burke was appointed as Senior Production and Development Executive at the BFI Film Fund in Sept 2015. With 13 years of experience in production and development, Mary joined from Warp Films, where she was Executive Producer and board member. Burke’s role will be to identify and support a diverse range of British feature film projects, working closely with writers, directors and producers across development and production. Burke’s producer credits include Bunny and the Bull, the 2009 feature debut from Paul King, who went on to direct Paddington in 2014; Submarine the feature BAFTA and BIFA-winning debut of Richard Ayoade

Pauline Burt - Ffilm Cymru Wales Pauline is the founding CEO of Ffilm Cymru Wales, formerly Film Agency Wales, having previously worked in commercial film and television finance at London based Mansfield Associates, as Risk Manager to financiers such as the Royal Bank of Scotland and Rand Merchant Bank. Prior to that, Pauline headed up production at Sgrin, the former Media Agency for Wales and worked at Scottish Screen as their Script and Finance Analyst.

Chair: Judy Wasdell - Creative Europe Desk UK Wales Judy Wasdell is Manager of Creative Europe Desk UK Wales. Judy has worked in the film and TV industry for over 25 years formerly for Richard Attenborough Productions, the BBC and MEDIA Antenna Wales. Creative Europe Desk UK Wales was established in April 2014 to promote the new European Union Creative Europe Programme that brought the previous MEDIA and Culture Programmes together under one new Programme.

SESSION TWO: HOW TO GET YOUR FILM INTO A FILM FESTIVAL Alice Cabanas -Encounters, Bristol Alice is the Director and Head of Communications and Development at Encounters, one of the UK’s leading short film and animation festivals. Alice has previously worked as a marketing and communications consultant for a wide range of arts organisations, including; The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, The Wales Theatre Company and The Society of British Theatre Designers.

Andrew Murphy - INSIDEOUT, Toronto Andrew was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He began working with the Atlantic Film Festival in 1999, serving as Programming Manager, overseeing the AFF Programming Department, helping secure Galas, Special Presentations as well as foreign independent titles, niche genre midnight titles and LGBT content. In 2012, Andrew joined Inside Out LGBT Film Festival to serve as Director of Programming for its Toronto and Ottawa festivals and year-round initiatives. Andrew recently served as a member of the esteemed Teddy Jury for the Berlin International Film Festival in 2014. Inside Out celebrated its 26th annual edition in 2016 over 11 days at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Michael Gamilla - ImageOut, Rochester Michael Gamilla is the Programming Director of ImageOut Rochester LGBT Film Festival in Upstate New York. His love for movies and his desire to serve the LGBTQ community have equally fueled his passion to volunteer for the Film Festival for the last 15 years. He has served on the international juries at Berlinale (Teddy Awards), Inside Out Toronto, TLVfest Tel Aviv, and Frameline San Francisco.

Chair: Katie McCullough - Festival Formula Katie McCullough is the founder of Festival Formula Ltd, a consultancy company focusing on filmmakers covering festival strategy. They create personalised festival strategies taking into account length, production values, genre, stories in front and behind the camera, and budget limitations. She’s hosted workshops and seminars for a broad range of audiences over the past ten years including: Encounters Film Festival, Shooting People, East End Film Festival, Independent Cinema Office, Cork Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, FilmFest Dresden, and many training events at the BFI Southbank.

SESSION THREE: CROWD FUNDING & LOW BUDGET, DOES IT WORK? Sarah Rotella - Director Sarah Rotella directs short films, web series, and features with her debut feature length film, Almost Adults. Her directing efforts have garnered 80+ million YouTube views and her films have been screened in 80 international film festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, Outfest Los Angeles, and in a Master Class with director Tim Burton.

Jay Azzato - Director Jay Barry Azzato led the BearCity team from the Indiegogo campaigns to the screen. His masterful navigation of ultra low-budget filmmaking allowed the team to thrive both on-set and in post-production. Jay played key roles in the previous installments of the BearCity franchise including casting, fundraising, on-site logistics, post-production supervision, social media and event producing.

Tor Iben - Director Tor Iben is a self-taught filmmaker and journalist for print media and television. His award-winning films include: the shorts 2,3 LIFE (2005), BLONDIE (2006), UNDERGROUND (2007), LOVE KILLS (2007), SOMEBODY GOT MURDERED (2008), SLEEPER (2009), and THE PHALLOMETER (2013), and the features CIBRÂIL (2010), THE PASSENGER (2013). Tor Iben is a previous Iris Alumnus, his film The Phallometer made it into the top 30 shortlist in 2014. In 2016 Tor returns with his feature Where Are You Going, Habibi?

Nathan Adloff - Director Nathan Adloff made his feature film debut with “Nate & Margaret” (Director/CoWriter/Producer). It sold for worldwide distribution prior to completion and received a commendatory review from Roger Ebert. “Miles” is his second semi-autobiographical feature, starring Molly Shannon, Missi Pyle and Paul Reiser, which won the 2016 Audience Awards at both Outfest and the Sidewalk Film Festival.

Chair: Andrew Smith - Pinewood Studios Andrew M. Smith joined the Company in June 2008 as Group Director Corporate Affairs. He was appointed Company Secretary on 20 December 2010 and was appointed to the Board in May 2012. Prior to this he was Managing Partner of The Policy Partnership. He is a member of the Film Skills Council, the Skillset Craft and Technical Skills Academy Industry Board, the British Film Commission Advisory Board and the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. He is a Non Executive Director of Bucks Business First Ltd.

SESSION FOUR: ARE MULTIPLEXES ONLY INTERESTED IN HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTERS? Paul Sweeney - Vue Cinemas Paul is a film consultant at VUE Cinemas, he was previously the senior film buyer at Cineowlrd Cinemas, the number one cinema chain in the UK and Ireland. With over 15 years’ experience in the film industry, recent career highlights include selecting two time Scottish BAFTA 2011 winner Donkeys and Fast Romance that picked up the audience award for exclusive screenings.

Stuart Crane - Cineworld Cinemas Stuart became a film buyer for Cineworld at the age of 27. Before this he worked for Dorset County Council in their financial team, before moving to Cineworld Weymouth at the age of 19. Stuart began his journey at Cineworld as a staff member, before moving to a supervisor role and finally ending up as a manager. Since then Stuart has gone from being a film buyer, to a senior film buyer, and now he is the deputy head of the film team. Stuart first got into film at the age of 17 when his dad made him watch ‘Field of Dreams’. That was the day he got hooked by film.

Sophie Doherty - Disney Sophie was a film buyer for Vue Cinemas. She is now Theatrical Sales Manager at Walt Disney Studios UK


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