Posts Tagged ‘SDGI’

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.

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.

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.

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

Wash Your Eyes talks

5th June 2015 by Maura McHugh

Dearbhla Walsh, Steven Benedict, and Malcolm Campbell talk heroes.

The first talk in the SDGI’s Wash Your Eyes series of discussions, in association with the WGI, took place last night. The three evenings will focus on harnessing the success of Irish writers and screenwriters, and connecting them with directors with the hope of future collaborations.

Last night Dearbhla Walsh, Steven Benedict, and Malcolm Campbell talked about ‘Adaptation: The Hero’s Journey’.

The topic for the next meeting is The Secret Life of Contracts: Everything creatives need to know about legal issues, and will take place from 6:30-8:30pm, Thursday, 18 June in The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.

It will feature Colin Kavanagh (Arthur Cox), Birch Hamilton (SDGI), and David Kavanagh (Writers Guild), and the panel intends to empower directors to formalise creative agreements to get that project pitch ready.

This session is valuable for both novice and veteran directors as it explores the complex legal process that directors should understand when embarking on their film projects. Colin Kavanagh will guide you through the steps and challenges necessary to take your project from a creative relationship to a formal legal arrangement.

The theme of the final session will be The Creative Mind: How I tell stories, and will take place from 6:30-8:30pm, Wednesday, 1 July in The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.

The panelists will be: Lenny Abrahamson, John Banville, Brendan & Niall Heery, Lisa McInerney, Terry McMahon, Paul Murray, Christian O’Reilly, and Carmel Winters.

The discussion will explore why they choose their medium of film/TV making, literary fiction, and/or novel writing. They will also examine the evolving relationship between the narrator and the audience and how this impacts storytelling. Is the medium the message and does the artist pick the medium or the medium pick the artist?

Please RSVP to events@sdgi.ie or contact SDGI at 01-6337433 – this event is open to SDGI and WGI members only.