January 15, 10:30am

Film Festival Development Session

Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

Film Hub Wales and the Independent Cinema Office are teaming up to offer a special film festival training seminar aimed at small to medium-sized festivals in Wales and FREE to attend for Film Hub Wales members.* 

The session: Focus your marketing campaigns, make the most out of social media, develop a press strategy and more!

When: Monday 15th January, 2018 (10.30am - 4.30pm)

Where: Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, CF5 1QE (Media Point) - Lunch/refreshments will be provided.

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Clare Wilford | Publicist

Clare Wilford is one of the UK’s leading film, TV and animation publicists, specialising in event and film festival PR. She has gained over ten years’ experience in arts marketing and PR, at organisations including; the Barbican, Opera North and the Arnolfini in Bristol, before moving into film PR in 1992. She has orchestrated press campaigns for festivals, including; Brief Encounters, Borderlines Film Festival, the Times BFI London Film Festival, Cinecity, Brighton Film Festival, and the Bradford International Film Festival. She was Associate Producer and Talent Manager for several Empire Magazine Film Awards as well as Guest Speaker and Hospitality Co-ordinator for the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival for three years. She has also freelanced for Premier PR and Corbett & Keene for over 10 years, handling press campaigns for international festivals and UK distribution.

Jo Duncombe | Film Programmer

Jo Duncombe is a film programmer at the Independent Cinema Office in London. At the ICO she programmes multiple independent cinemas and curates touring seasons, most recently an India on Film programme in collaboration with the BFI. She is a curatorial advisor for the London Short Film Festival, where she was programme Director from 2014 – 2016, and the UK film programmer for the Victoria International Film Festival, Canada. In 2015 she co-founded The Quarter Club; London’s leading network for women working in the creative industries; where she curates quarterly Salons and training Labs. 

She was formerly head of marketing at Birds Eye View Film Festival and has worked as an impact release strategist and fundraiser on documentaries including A Syrian Love Story and Even When I Fall. She has previously delivered training for BFI Network at London Film Festival, British Council Film, London Film School, Encounters Film Festival, The Locarno Industry Lab at Morelia Film Festival, Birds Eye View’s Filmonomics and the ICO’s FEDs programme.

Berwyn Rowlands | Iris Prize

Also joining us for a special case study is Berwyn Rowlands, Director of the Iris Prize Festival. Berwyn is a Welsh Internationalist who has 27 years' experience in film and events with a significant track record of turning artistic and strategic vision into reality.

In 2006 he established the Iris Prize – at £30,000 it continues to be the world’s largest LGBT short film prize presented annually during the Iris Film Festival in Cardiff, Wales (UK). 6 short films have been produced to date with the Iris Prize. Burger and Followers were selected out of 8200 entries for the 2014 and 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Iris Prize was recognised by The Queen at a reception for the British Film Industry in 2013.

In 1997 aged 31 Berwyn was appointed the Chief Executive of Sgrîn Cymru Wales in which capacity he established Ffresh, the Student Moving Image Festival of Wales, the Wales Screen Commission, and the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales (in partnership with the National Library of Wales).

Berwyn has produced content which has been broadcast on BBC, ITV and S4C including Llety Piod (UK) starring Bill Nighy, Colonial Gods (US/UK Co-production) and Boys Village (German/UK Co-production). Among projects for radio, he produced Wales: Land of Film for BBC Radio 2.

He is regularly asked to talk about film and gay rights on TV and radio. He has also served on film award juries and speaks on both programming and event production at universities, conferences and festivals having contributed to the European Short Film Symposium, Cork, Kashish Film Festival, Mumbai, Gaze Film Festival, Dublin, OUFEST, LA and the International Film Festival Summit, New York.

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