Berwyn Rowlands (Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival)


A film fan from an early age Berwyn was producing “movies” using his 8mm camera and projecting films for friends in his parent’s front room from the age of 9. Berwyn has produced films for cinema and TV content in Welsh and English which has been broadcast on BBC, ITV and S4C including Llety Piod (UK) a 90 min TV Movie starring Bill Nighy. He organized his first public film festival in Aberystwyth Wales in 1989 which became known as the Welsh International Film Festival and included a weekend celebration of LGBT film. In 1997 aged 31 Berwyn was appointed as the first Chief Executive of Sgrîn: The Media Agency for Wales. In this role Berwyn led the establishment of Wales’ National Film and Sound Archive and secured the co-operation of all 22 local authorities to see a unified all-Wales location service – The Wales Screen Commission. In 2006 he established the Iris Prize – the world’s largest LGBT short film prize at £30 000. 10 short films have been produced to date with the Iris Prize including Burger and Followers which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Iris is recognized by Bafta as an “A” list festival.

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