Posts Tagged ‘equality’

2018 GFF Special Events

4th July 2018 by Maura McHugh

There are two special events taking place at next week’s 2018 Galway Film Fleadh that will be of interest:

What do European Screenwriters Earn?
2 pm on Friday, 13 July in The Camus Suite, The Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, Galway

David Kavanagh, Chief Executive of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland, will give a presentation about the results of a FSE/FERA recent survey detailing the income and working life of screenwriters across Europe.

Please RSVP to info @ script.ie.

All welcome and join us for a drink afterwards!

Accelerating Gender Equality
2 pm on Saturday, 14 July in The Galway Rowing Club, 10 Waterside, Galway

This Accelerating Gender Equality discussion panel is organised by the Equality Action Committee (EAC) of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland & Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, and Women in Film and Television Ireland.

There will be introductory remarks by filmmaker Liz Gill (Goldfish Memory), followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr Susan Liddy (Lecturer, MIC Limerick). Members of the panel will include David Collins (Producer, Samson Films), Dr Annie Donna (Chair of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland), Orla O’Connor (Director of National Women’s Council of Ireland) and Michael O’Keefe (CEO of Broadcasting Authority of Ireland).

All welcome!


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.

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.

Women in the Irish Film Industry

11th February 2016 by Maura McHugh

The Department of Media & Communication Studies at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) Limerick is set to tackle the issue of gender inequality in the Irish film industry by hosting of a day-long colloquium entitled Women in the Irish Film Industry: Moving from the Margins to the Centre.

The event is being oranised by Dr Susan Liddy, Lecturer in Media & Communications, MIC, and will take place on Friday, 4 March.

It plans to provide a public forum in which to address the under-representation of women in the Irish film industry. Practitioners, representatives from funding bodies, broadcasters, professional guilds and voluntary organisations will debate strategies to create gender equality right across the industry and, according to Dr Rosemary Day, Head of Media & Communications, MIC, “will have the opportunity to map out a clear strategy to ensure gender equity within the Irish film industry going forward.”

There has been much public debate of late in relation to the under-representation of women working in Irish theatre which lead to the formation of the #WakingTheFeminists movement. However, according to Dr Liddy “This exclusion is not the exclusive preserve of the theatre. It is also mirrored in the Irish Film Industry, which is overwhelmingly male-dominated and lacking a strong female voice and vision. My own research suggests a mere 13 per cent of produced screenplays in the period 1993 to 2013 were written by Irish women.”

The keynote at the colloquium will be delivered by Anna Serner, Director of the Swedish Film Institute, who will speak about the 50/50 gender funding policy implemented in Sweden under her tenure. Since she took up the position in October 2011, Serner has reached her stated intent of distributing state funds equally between male and female filmmakers making Sweden the first country to reach this benchmark.

Other speakers include James Hickey (Irish Film Board CEO), Dr. Annie Doona (Acting Chair of the Irish Film Board/President IADT) and Holly Aylett Head Researcher with the European Women’s Audio-Visual Network. In November of 2015 Dr Doona, as Acting Chair of the IFB, issued a public statement acknowledging “there are many talented women writers, producers, directors, cinematographers, editors, actors, animators and designers out there that are not fully represented either in terms of accessing funding for film or in public recognition of their talent”. This was followed in December by the IFB’s Gender Equality Six Point Plan, which sets out an agenda to address the existing gender imbalance.

Women in the Irish Film Industry: Moving from the Margins to the Centre takes place in TARA, Mary Immaculate College, starting at 9.30am on Friday 4 March. Early Bird booking fee of €15 includes lunch. (Full fee €25)

Booking is essential as places are limited. For further information or to pre-book contact Dr Susan Liddy: Susan.Liddy@mic.ul.ie

This event is kindly supported by Innovate Limerick.

Meeting on Equality in Irish Film

10th February 2016 by Maura McHugh

At 6.30pm on Wednesday, 24 February the Writers Guild of Ireland and the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland will hold a meeting in the Central Hotel (Function Room 1 & 2) on Exchequer Street, Dublin, to discuss the Irish Film Board’s new goals on gender equality in the film industry, and how they can be achieved.

You can read the IFB’s Six Point Plan on Gender Equality which it published in December.

All writers and directors are welcome, however since space is limited you must book your spot in advance by emailing info (a) script.ie to confirm your attendance.