Taking Your Film Festival Online – Your Plan B! with Berwyn Rowlands of Iris Prize

© Harrison Williams

Monday 8 June 2020

Join Berwyn Rowlands (Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival) to talk through how to take a film festival online.

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to create problems for the exhibition sector. Making friends in the dark watching a movie is not an option today. When cinemas open later this year (fingers crossed) they will probably be limiting the number of customers who can enjoy the experience safely. Accepting that social distancing at 2 metres is one of the conditions, the “new normal” will take some getting used to.

What we know at the moment is matched with what we don’t know!

However, you are responsible for looking after a film festival and very soon you must decide what to do with your festival during these difficult times. Do you cancel? Do you reschedule for another time? What are the financial implications? What do the funder, sponsors and partners think? What about your audience are they looking forward to returning or are they a little nervous?

Sharing films on-line is quite straightforward. If you’ve got films to share and more importantly the rights to the films you are more than half way there! But if it were that easy, everybody would be doing it.

During his talk followed by a Q+A, Berwyn Rowlands, the director of the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival will share how he and his team are working to produce the 14th Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, migrating a traditional, familiar and popular Cardiff based experience into an on-line experience.

There will be time to chat with festival peers, ask questions and share ideas.

Book your place here!
  • Date: Monday 8th June, 2020
  • Time: 10am-11.30am (with 30 minute one-to-ones available after 1pm)
  • Where: Google Hangout

Who is this event for?

  • This event is for members of Film Hub Wales and members of Film Hubs around the UK.
  • If you are not yet a member of FHW, you can join for free here.
  • The session is targeted towards festivals but all film exhibitors interested in online engagement are welcome to attend.
  • 4-5 half an hour one to one slots are available with Berwyn from 1pm onwards if you need more time to talk,
  • Please express interest at time of booking and you will be offered a slot. These can be carried out online or via phone.
  • It’s free to attend but please register your place by Wednesday 3rd June. You will be sent a link to the hangout.

Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival

The Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival was launched in October 2006, with the inaugural festival taking place the following October in Cardiff. The audience has grown from a modest 1,500 in 2007 to just under 11,000 in 2019. The festival presents 5 main awards including the £30,000 Iris Prize, the world’s largest LGBT+ short film prize. With 30 partner festivals located in 20 countries the team who produce the annual festival have a year-round programme of work, which includes Iris on The Move, a UK wide tour of the best of and an outreach programme working with school and community groups. The organisations archive of short films includes 28 community films, 24 films made with school groups and 11 films made with the winners of the Iris Prize.

Not yet a Film Hub Wales member?

You can join for free here. Find out more how Film Hub Wales supports the Welsh exhibition sector and opens up a world of film for audiences in Wales here.

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