Posts Tagged ‘film’

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.

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

IFB on Gender Equality in Irish Film

13th November 2015 by Maura McHugh

On Thursday, November 12 the #WakingtheFeminists meeting took place in a packed Abbey Theatre. Chaired by Senator Ivana Bacik, the meeting featured thirty women theatremakers talking about their experiences getting work made (or not made) in Ireland, along with a number of contributors from the audience, and an assurance from the director of the Abbey, Fiach Mac Conghail, that action will be taken to address gender imbalance in future programmes.

The Irish Theatre Institute also released information “on the Irish new play repertoire, illustrating the number of new Irish plays by women presented in the period 2000-2014 and highlighting the statistics for the Abbey Theatre (main stage and Peacock stage).”

On the same afternoon the Irish Film Board released a statement about Gender Equality in Irish Film

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board recognises and accepts that major underrepresentation of women exists in Irish film. The IFB acknowledges that 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.

Gender inequality is an area of major concern to current board members and has been the subject of discussion at our recent meetings and in a number of external fora, including at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2015. The IFB is currently developing a new strategy which will declare its strong and heartfelt commitment to gender equality and diversity as a strategic priority.

Dr. Annie Doona, Acting Chair of the Irish Film Board commented “We recognise that words are not enough; actions are needed to address the gender inequality issue. The IFB is concerned enough to act and indeed to take a lead on this issue. Members of the current IFB board are active members of the recently formed Women in Film and Television Ireland and as Acting Chair of the IFB I have been in contact with that organisation to look at what action we can take together to raise the representation of women in film in Ireland”.

The IFB has also engaged in particular with the Writers Guild of Ireland and the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland on this issue and will be continuing to work with them and with the other representative organisations in Irish film. The IFB has been working with the Eurimages Council of Europe co-production fund which has recently adopted a detailed strategy on gender equality in the European film industry.

Dr. Doona continued: “The issue of funding for women filmmakers is an important one. The Irish Film Board is finalising detailed statistics in relation to gender equality in Irish film; it is important to gather and publish this information but we know what the statistics are likely to tell us. The next step is to actively discuss the best way forward in terms of positive action to redress the imbalance including the issue of access to IFB funding. We will be in a position to announce details of a range of actions around gender inequality we are proposing to take in December”.

The IFB will also be taking this issue up with fellow public funders in Irish film including the public service broadcasters (RTÉ and TG4) and the BAI Sound and Vision Fund. It is only by the IFB taking a lead and working in partnership with others that we can find ways to address the gender inequality issue. The IFB welcomes the opportunity to be a key player in addressing gender inequality in the Irish film industry.

It is hoped that these commitments to change will be followed up by significant action to adjust the current imbalance of representation in Irish theatre and film.

Irish Film 2015

21st January 2015 by Maura McHugh

WGI Chairman Thomas McLaughlin with the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphries (TD), at the recent launch by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board of its Irish Film, TV, and Animation production catalogue for 2015.

The Black List

8th December 2014 by Maura McHugh

We’re pleased to announce that we have arranged special Guild Member access for paid-up members of the Writers Guild of Ireland to The Black List – a subscriber site for film industry professionals that functions as a real time Black List and screenplay recommendation engine.

Guild members can list script information for free and can also get a 20% discount on script hosting and evaluations.

All WGI members have been sent an email detailing how to register on the web site.

If you have any problems registering please contact The Black List support staff as they will be able to troubleshoot your issues.

We hope you enjoy using this service!