2017 Programme

Producers Forum

Our annual film industry day, featuring panels, networking and one-to-one mentoring opportunities with professionals from across the world of filmmaking in association with Capital Law.

The Producers Forum in association with Capital Law is going to be bigger and better than ever. Taking place at Cineworld for the first time, the 2017 programme also includes an opportunity to see some films! The highlight of this day-long industry event will see Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund, in conversation with Andrew Smith of Pinewood Studios.

The rest of the Producers Forum programme will feature speakers from across the film industry, along with a networking lunch and the opportunity to meet face-to-face with well-known industry figures.

Welcoming participants at all stages of their film and media careers, the Producers Forum is a one-stop shop for filmmakers to share experiences and wisdom, discover opportunities and make new connections right here in Cardiff.

Welcome to the Producers Forum 2017
9.30am – 10am
Bafta Bar, Cineworld
Register, find your name badge, grab a coffee and get ready to meet fellow creatives!


Iris Best British Shorts Programme 2
10am – 11.15am
Screen 15, Cineworld
Women filmmakers dominate the shortlist in this category, but our second programme of British Shorts is centred around women’s stories, with an emphasis on youth and growing up.


World in focus?
10.15am – 11.15am
Screen 14, Cineworld
We start the day by addressing three of the big issues affecting the low budget film community. As the film making world congregates in Cardiff for the annual Producers Forum. Christopher Racster, Executive Director at Outfest in LA and Iris Prize Patron will make sure we know more than we did at the start of the session as he seeks answers from our distinguished panel of professionals.


Was it fun in the palace?
11.30am – 12.30pm
Screen 14, Cineworld
Stox Pictures is a production company based in Brighton and London. Established in 2012 by the brothers David (producer), Eadward (writer/director) and George (actor/writer) Stocks. This session looks at how they made Palace of Fun a powerful and confident first feature which is both original and at the same time a gorgeous, Brighton-set homage to Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley. Chaired by: Samantha Horley, Film & Script Consultant.

The film is screening at the Iris Prize Festival on Thursday 12 October at 10pm.


Iris Prize Shorts, Programme 7
12.00 – 1.45pm
Screen 15, Cineworld
With issues surrounding gender identity at the forefront of current debate, we are very pleased to present a programme of short films with trans and non-binary characters and subjects as their focus.


In conversation with Ben Roberts from the BFI
12.45pm – 1.45pm
Screen 14, Cineworld
We bring the first half of the forum to a close with an opportunity to hear from Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund. Ben will be in conversation with Andrew Smith of Pinewood Studios. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.


2pm – 3pm
Park Inn Hotel, Mary Ann Street
Join the delegates and Iris guests for lunch at the official festival hotel. On the menu this year: burger and wedges followed by vanilla cheesecake. Vegetarian version also available.


Women and Film
3.10pm – 4.50pm
Screen 14, Cineworld
In a period where equality for women is becoming more and more prevalent. This session will seek to identify the issues and barriers that may exist for female filmmakers and how they could be preventing them from being more successful within the film industry.
The talk is led by Diva magazine editor, Carrie Lyell, who will be joined by an impressive panel of other front-running women in the media.

Supported by: Creative Europe Desk UK Wales


Iris Best British, Programme 3
4.30pm – 6.15pm
Screen 15, Cineworld
Masculinity and male relationships come under the spotlight in Best British Shorts Programme 3, with everything from hard hitting drama and comedy to animation.


Networking Drinks co-hosted by Creative Europe Desk UK – Wales and Wales Screen
5.00pm – 7.00pm
Bafta Bar, Cineworld
Creative Europe Desk UK-Wales and Wales Screen would be delighted if you could join them to meet, collaborate and hear about new opportunities.

Representatives from Creative Europe Desk UK-Wales and Wales Screen will be in attendance if you wish to discuss upcoming projects or just say hello!