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In the third of our Cannes Conversation Series, we look at working on long-form projects from a different viewpoint. At the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, Gemma Creagh caught up with anthropologist Rikke Flodin, a Senior Consultant working across AI in film audiences. Could this be a new way of developing your next film? Following this, recorded at a live webinar, WFT Board Member and DOP Jaro Waldeck was in conversation with Film Still Photographer Chiabella James (Dreamgirls, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) discussing everything from career to composition. This podcast has been made possible with the support of the Screen Ireland Stakeholder Fund.
In this episode of the WFT Ireland Podcast Board Member and Producer Fiona Kinsella chats with two of our members who have produced feature films screening at this year's Dublin International Film Festival. Ruth Carther's Twig and Sinéad O'Riordan's Swing Bout will both be premiering at the festival. This podcast was made possible by Coimisiún na Meán.
With the Dublin International Film Festival just a few days away, here at WFT, we are excited to celebrate all our members whose work has been selected as part of the festival! Listen back for a special WFT Ireland panel discussion where WFT Board Member Fiona Kinsella will sit down with some of the talented voices behind this year’s selection for the DIFF Shorts Programme: Alba Fernandez, DOP: Callus – Screen Ireland Shorts Programme 2 Naomi Sheridan, Writer/Director: Kiki – Virgin Media Discovers Shorts Programme Martina McGlynn, Director: Wrecker – Screen Ireland Shorts Programme 1 Natalie Britton, Actor/Producer: Two For The Road – Screen Ireland Shorts Programme 2 Hannah Mamalis, Writer/Director/Star: Baby Steps – Dublin On Screen 1
Listen back to this recording of a very special panel, Producing From Beyond the Pale, brought to you by WFT Ireland and Wexford Screen Writers Academy. This talk, moderated by Fiona Kinsella features Jess Drumm, David McLoughlin, Jac Kerrin, Colman Farrell, Mark Maher and Tom Dowling as they discuss the scope of the industry at large as well as the opportunities when it comes to production across the regions. Following on from the success of last year’s Producing From Beyond the Pale panel, WFT Ireland and Wexford Screen Writers Academy have come together once more to host the second iteration of the event. Wexford Screen Writers’ Academy is a Bodecii Film, Screen Wexford and Wexford County Council initiative funded by Creative Ireland and Screen Ireland. Producing from Beyond the Pale is a WFT Ireland event funded by Screen Stakeholders and Coimisiún na Meán. The event was held in Wexford Arts Centre and streamed online supported by the National Youth Film and Animation Network.
At Catalyst International Film Festival in 2022, WFT held a very special panel discussion where Parents and Carers lobbied for a more family friendly professional landscape. This was an interactive discussion where Raising Films Ireland, the support and advocacy group for parents and carers working in the Irish screen industries, teased out what can be done to create a fairer and more inclusive industry. This panel was moderated by WFT Chair Dr. Susan Liddy and featured Grainne Bennett, Lesley Conroy and Ailish Bracken . This talk has been made possible with the generous support of the BAI.
In this WFT Ireland’s Podcast, Board Member and Producer Fiona Kinsella chats with Madison Eastwood, John O’Sullivan and Lorcan Murphy on the A to Z of Insuring your Film. These experts from WFT sponsors Media Insurance and discuss the nuances of media insurance, offering crucial insights on coverage essentials and risk mitigation and help on understanding the complex paperwork involved.
In this inaugural episode from a series of in-depth conversations with international changemakers, WFT Ireland Chair and WIFT International President Dr. Susan Liddy delves into an insightful discussion with Terry Lawler – former Executive Director of WFT New York and a member of the current WIFTI Advisory Board. Through this series, we aim to speak with a range of women who have shaped WIFTI and the media landscape over the last few decades. With over two decades at the helm of the New York chapter, Terry's leadership has been nothing short of extraordinary. In this podcast episode, Susan and Terry explore many questions. What does it take to navigate the complexities of running one of the largest chapters in one of the biggest cities of a global organisation like WIFTI? What transformations has she witnessed during her dynamic tenure? A special nod of appreciation goes out to our international colleagues at WIFTI for their unwavering support. This podcast has been made possible with the support of the Screen Ireland Stakeholders Fund. To learn more about the work being done at WFT Ireland and to explore the possibility of becoming a member, visit
In the second of the Cannes Conversation Series, we look at script development and how the story gets from the page to the screen. This has been made possible with the support of the Screen Ireland Stakeholder Fund. At Cannes Film Festival last year, WFT Chair Dr. Susan Liddy caught up with producer Annemiek van der Hell at the Writers’ Lab networking event. The Writers’ Lab is a wonderful initiative created by Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon to support female screenwriters over 40. Susan talks with Annemiek about the development of her feature Breakwater, a co-production between The Netherlands, Ireland, and Belgium. Following this, recorded at a live webinar, Scripteditor Gaia Meucci-Astley talks about her career, the industry, and how she works with writers to get their scripts to the best version possible. Utilising her unique background as a film programmer, Gaia shares her tips and tricks in working with your story and characters, to unlock the magic of storytelling. You can contact Gaia about working on your project at
Ahead of the Dublin International Comedy Film Festival WFT Member Margaret Kane-Rowe, hosts a wonderful panel bringing together the creative and talented women whose work is screening at the festival. Rebecca Hickey (The Performance Review), Aisha Bolaji (The End of the World Tour), Alexandra Eftos (Good Fortune), and Croí Burrowes (Kiss Kiss Fang Fang) will be talking about their funny films and careers to date. This webinar is funded by the Screen Ireland Stakeholder Funding.
In this very special WFT Ireland podcast WFT Member and composer Emer Landers talks with fellow composer, the inspiring Eímear Noone about her wonderful new documentary score for SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS. Discussing everything music-related, from the taste to the technical, these two talented women reveal real insight into the art form. This podcast has been made possible with the support of Screen Ireland's Stakeholder fund. SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS - In Cinemas Now
Listen back to this very special masterclass in lighting with WFT Vice-Chair and Board Member Jaro Waldeck, as she's in conversation with RTÉ Lighting Director Aoife Brown. In this focused discussion, they give critical and technical insight into all things lighting and cinematography and cover the art of visual storytelling in multicamera TV. This podcast has been released with the support of Screen Ireland's Stakeholder Fund. About Aoife Brown Aoife has over 25 years in television production operations at RTÉ. For the past number of years the majority of her work has been as Lighting Director on ‘Fair City’, Ireland’s longest running drama serial. In 2018, Fair City began shooting in HD. As Lighting Director, she was involved in the technical planning of the project. Her responsibility was also to ensure that all set lighting met the requirements for HD filming and designed set lighting for a new diner set. In 2014, Aoife was the Lighting Director for RTĖ’s first full HD studio production which was studio coverage and analysis of the FIFA World Cup.
In 2017, Women in Film and Television Ireland hosted a DOP Masterclass at Brooks Hotel. This live event featured insight into the craft of cinematography from two leading DOPs, Kate McCullough (The Farthest, The Queen of Ireland, His & Hers) and Frida Wendel (Striking Out, Ego). McCullough has recently been listed in Screen International’s “Stars of Tomorrow 2020”. She received the Golden Frog for Best Cinematography on a Docudrama ‘I Dolours’ at Camerimage 2018. In the same year she was nominated for an Emmy for her work on ‘The Farthest’. The Hollywood Reporter listed McCullough as top 10 to watch in Irish Film Industry 2017. More recently she was nominated for the IMAGO award 2019 for her work on ‘The Farthest’. Upon completing her studies at The National Film School, Lodz, Poland, McCullough shot the Irish box office hit ‘His and Hers’. This film went on to win the ‘World Cinematography Award in Documentary’, Sundance 2010. McCullough is a member of the Irish Society of Cinematographers and Illuminatrix. Frida Wendel is a Swedish DOP who has a background in still photography and studied cinematography at Dramatiska Instituet between 2004 and 2008. She has since then made a number of popular commercials and promos for companies such as IKEA, Vero Moda and Burger King. She puts a lot of effort on visual storytelling and she is known for her work on EGO (2014), Akta manniskor (2014), Glada halsningar fran Missangertrask (2015) and more recently in Ireland on Blinder Films Striking Out, starring Amy Huberman and Neil Morrissey and directed by Lisa James Larsson for RTE. She is currently shooting Series Two. She is a member of The Swedish Society of Cinematographers FSF. This masterclass was chaired by award-winning cinematographer Michael Lavelle (Cardboard Gangsters, Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, Patrick’s Day).
In this very special WFT Podcast, listen back as two award-winning documentary filmmakers dive into their craft. WFT Board Member and Filmmaker Marissa Aroy was in conversation with Documentary Filmmaker Nina Menkes talking about gender and the unwavering male gaze in filmmaking ahead of Nina’s newest documentary film Brainwashed Sex-Camera-Power. This film is screening tonight at the Kerry International Film Festival, catch it now the big screen. This webinar has been made possible with the support of Coimisiún na Meán. Brainwashed Sex-Camera-Power has been honoured with screenings at major international film festivals including Sundance, the Berlinale, CPH:DOX, BFI-London, IDFA, Ambulante, Frameline, Karlovy Vary and the Viennale, among many others, was named on multiple BEST OF 2022 Lists including Film Comment, IMDB, Roger Ebert, Screen Slate and The Association of Women Film Journalists who also cited the film as an “Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the FIlm Industry.”
Listen to this very special podcast where WFT Members Director Lisa Mulcahy and Producer Ruth Carter discuss their collaboration on their film Lies We Tell hosted by WFT Board Member and fellow producer Fiona Kinsella. Lies We Tell is in Irish cinemas from the 13th of October. This webinar has been made possible with the support of Coimisiún na Meán. In an isolated manor, an orphaned heiress must fight her guardian for her inheritance— and her life.  Lies We Tell  is a contained psychological thriller about a gaslit girl’s break for freedom. Stripped-down, gritty, and all-too-contemporary: this is not a frocks-and-bonnets period picture but a taut, propulsive, fight to the death. Directed by Lisa Mulcahy, starring the great granddaughter of Seán O’Casey, Agnes O’Casey (Ridley Road), David Wilmot (The Wonder), Holly Sturton (Smother) and Chris Walley (Young Offenders). If you would like to support Women in film and TV Ireland, join us at or visit
On 20th July, WFT Ireland hosted a very special event Greater Later: Building Sustainable Careers supported by Screen Ireland. This series of talks celebrated the remarkable achievements of women in the industry who have found success, often later in their careers. WFT was honoured to have internationally esteemed conductor and composer Eímear Noone join us in conversation with WFT Vice Chair Jaro Waldeck. Known for her award-winning work on video game music, Eímear has conducted all over the world, working with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Bretagne, the Sydney Symphony, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra – and famously at the Oscars.
On 20th July, WFT Ireland hosted a very special event Greater Later: Building Sustainable Careers supported by Screen Ireland. This series of talks celebrated the remarkable achievements of women in the industry who have found success, often later in their careers. Our Fixing it in Post: Panel Discussion focused on the world of Post & VFX, featuring WFT Sponsor Windmill Lane’s Head of Production, Deborah Doherty, and Piranha Bar Executive Producer Nicky Gogan, and was hosted by WFT Project Manager Gemma Creagh. Nicky and Deborah gave insight into the unique and collaborative world of Post and Animation as well as the opportunities available for women returning to the workplace.
This WFT Ireland podcast is brought to you by writer and actor Aoife Nic Ardghail and producer Ciara Gillen. In this episode, Ciara sat down with Emmy-nominated Foley Artist Caoimhe Doyle and Foley Mixer Jean McGrath. They spoke about their seventeen years of collaborating as Ireland's only female foley artist and mixer team. The interview was recorded in Ardmore Sound. To support the work we do, join Women in Film and TV Ireland at or you can donate the cost of a cup of coffee here.
This inaugural episode of the Cannes Conversation Series puts the focus firmly on producers and has been made possible with the support of the Screen Ireland Stakeholder Fund. At the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, WFT Chair Dr. Susan Liddy caught up with Ireland's representative Kathryn Kennedy. Kathryn is a multi-award winning creative Irish Producer and Screenwriter. Kathryn founded Kennedy Films in 2012, which she runs together with producer/director partner Frankie Fenton. Kennedy Films produced Simon Fitzmaurice’s award-winning feature debut My Name is Emily, Frankie Fenton’s documentaries It’s Not Yet Dark, narrated by Colin Farrell, and Atomic Hope: Inside the Pro-Nuclear Movement. She is currently developing/financing fiction and doc series, and features. To gain a deeper understanding of the scheme, as well as the opportunities available for producers through Screen Ireland, WFT Board Member and producer Fiona Kinsella spoke with Screen Ireland's Head of Marketing & Communications Louise Ryan. Each year, twenty of the most dynamic emerging producers from across Europe are selected to take part in European Film Promotion’s (EFP) promotion and networking platform PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE, that runs before and during the Festival de Cannes. The producers take part in a tailor-made programme to foster international co-productions, intensify the exchange of experiences and help create new professional networks. The pre-festival online programme includes 1:1 speed meetings, roundtables and pitching sessions. The producers will then meet during the Festival.
Where are we as an industry when it comes to addressing toxic behaviours? WFT Project Manager Gemma Creagh discussed the vital theme of workplace dignity with WGI Chair Jennifer Davidson, researchers Olwen Dawe, Dr. Fergal Rhatigan as well as WFT Chair and incoming president of WFT International Dr. Susan Liddy. Ahead of the deadline for our WFT Ireland survey, we looked into the prevalence of harmful behaviors in the Irish screen industries, such as bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, humiliation, victimization, assault, and sexual assault. Our panelists spoke about this ongoing research, supported by Screen Ireland, aimed at understanding and combatting these issues as well as the Safe to Create reporting tool and survey, which aims to empower individuals to address harassment. This panel discussion is supported by Coimisiún na Meán. Complete our Survey on Dignity in the Workplace before the 20th of September.
Greater Later: Building Sustainable Careers Panel Podcast On 20th July, WFT Ireland hosted a very special event Greater Later: Building Sustainable Careers supported by Screen Ireland. This series of talks celebrated the remarkable achievements of women in the industry who have found success, often later in their careers. The day began with a lively and honest panel discussion featuring three exceptionally talented women: Audrey O’Reilly, Patricia Kelly, and Geraldine McAlinden. They shared their experiences and insights, showcasing careers fueled by perseverance and accomplishments.
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