Posts Tagged ‘Equality Action Committee’

Building Momentum: The Road to Gender Equality

27th June 2017 by Maura McHugh

Organised by the Equality Action Committee (EAC) of the Writers Guild of Ireland, the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI), and Women in Film and Television Ireland (WFT.I), this panel discussion will take place during the Galway Film Fleadh, at 3 pm on Saturday, 15 July in the Galway Rowing Club.

The panel will be moderated by Mary Kate O Flanagan, and will include Emer Reynolds (The Farthest), Marian Quinn (Board Member Irish Film Board), Michael O’Keeffe (CEO Broadcasting Authority of Ireland) and industry representatives to debate what has been happening with gender equality.

Where we are and where we’re going–and more importantly–what initiatives can we expect to see over the coming year?

Get informed, motivated and inspired! See you there!

Join us for a networking drinks reception after the panel at 4.30pm – first drink is free for members, but all are welcome.

Not a member of WGI, SDGI or WFT.I yet? Sign up on the day.

The event is free but ticketed, and open to everyone. Please phone to book your ticket via the Town Hall Theatre (091-569777) – if you book via the online system you will incur a booking fee.

New Horizons

8th February 2017 by Maura McHugh

New Horizons: Women in the Irish Film and Television Industries colloquium will take place in the Mary Immaculate College, UL, Limerick on 3 March 2017.

This day-long event will monitor what’s been happening for women in the Irish film and television industry over the last year, and what needs to happen in 2017 to bring about the change for an equal industry. The 2017 colloquium is a national and international conversation.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO Creative England
  • Professor Anna Wahl of KTH Stockholm, a renowned expert on gendered organisational cultures and combating unconscious bias. Professor Wahl has worked closely with many organisations including the Swedish Film Institute.
  • Melissa Silverstein who is a writer, campaigner and blogger. Founder of Women and Hollywood and Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival.

Two Irish panels will look at gender, and which organisations are finding and nurturing female talent.

Confirmed speakers for those panels include:

  • James Hickey – CEO Irish Film Board
  • Leslie McKimm – Project Manager Irish Film Board
  • Alan Esslemont – Director TG4
  • Jane Gogan – Head of Drama, RTE
  • Celine Craig – Deputy CEO Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
  • Orla O Connor – Director National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Leslie McKimm – Project Manager Irish Film Board
  • Siobhan O Farrell –Eclipse Pictures – Film Distributors
  • Screen Training Ireland

Like last year there will be a diverse audience – writers, producers, directors, film festival programmers, and educators. There will be representatives from organisations like the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the Irish Film Board, Screen Training Ireland, Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, Screen Producers Ireland, Writers Guild of Ireland, Equality Action Committee, Women in Film and Television.

Lunch, tea, coffee, wine reception, good company, and great debate in a fun and informal atmosphere guaranteed.

Cost: €15 or €10 euro for students.

Book via the website by 1 March 2017.

If you have any questions email: womeninfilmire (a) mic.ul.ie

Photos from Mindshift

23rd November 2016 by Maura McHugh

Thanks to all the participants at yesterday’s Mindshift: Redressing Gender Equality in Writing for Film at the the Irish Writers Centre supported by Words Ireland.

Here are some photos from the event:

Marian Quinn, Lauren Mackenzie, Valerie Bistany, and David Kavanagh discuss why so few female writers & directors get films produced.

Lauren Mackenzie and Juanita Wilson discuss the practical and creative challenges of adapting work for film.

Dr Susan Liddy discusses the Irish Film Board’s new policy regarding gender and Equality Action

Agent Julian Friedmann discussing the business of scriptwriting and adaptation.

You can re-read the informative tweets that were sent throughout the day by checking the #Mindshift hashtag.

See it – Be it!

1st July 2016 by Maura McHugh

See it – Be it! Putting Women in the Picture is a panel discussion taking place at the Galway Film Fleadh on at 3 pm on Saturday, 9 July in the Galway Rowing Club. It’s organised by by the Equality Action Committee (EAC) of the Writers Guild of Ireland & the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland.

We know that far fewer women than men write and direct films and TV drama. That’s true in Ireland and across the world, and it has consequences not only for the filmmakers themselves but for all of us. When women are out of the picture it can impact on the kinds of stories and characters that end up on our screens.

In December 2015 the Irish Film Board took steps that promise to shake up the landscape of Irish film. Their new 6 Point Plan includes 50/50 gender funding parity over three years. It’s bold. It’s innovative. And it’s the of talk of Europe.

But what exactly does it mean for you, the writers and directors? Join a panel of women filmmakers to shine a spotlight on women in the Irish film industry.

We’ll be celebrating and learning from the experiences of some of our women filmmakers. Afterwards, we’ll thrash out the challenges and possibilities of this new policy together. Get informed, motivated, and inspired!

Panel:

Chair

It will be followed by open discussion with Dr Annie Doona and members of the EAC.

The EAC is comprised of Liz Gill, Dr Susan Liddy, Lauren Mackenzie, and Marian Quinn.

WGI & SDGI Welcome Irish Film Board Statement on Gender Equality

22nd December 2015 by Maura McHugh

The Writers Guild of Ireland and the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland welcome today’s statement by the Irish Film Board on gender equality.

We congratulate the Board on its commitment to achieving 50/50 gender parity for writers and directors in feature film production within three years.

We have been pressing the Board on this important issue for a number of years. Recently the Equality Action Committee of the two guilds has been involved in fruitful discussions with the Film Board and we would like to thank Dr Annie Doona, acting Chair of the Board, in particular.

We look forward to working with the Board to measure progress towards the goal of parity, and to the introduction of additional measures, if necessary, to guarantee achievement of gender equality in the allocation of public funds for film production in Ireland.

Screen Directors Guild of Ireland
Birch Hamilton, Executive Director – birch (at) sdgi.ie
Writers Guild of Ireland
David Kavanagh, Executive Officer – david.kavanagh (at) script.ie

Members of the Equality Action Committee
Liz Gill, Dr Susan Liddy, Lauren Mackenzie, Marian Quinn