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Women in Film and Television Ireland is a voluntary body run by film and TV professionals, representing the creative, business and technical divisions of the Irish audiovisual sector. We promote greater representation of women, both on screen and behind the camera. Our aim is to ensure that the Irish film and television industry functions as a meritocratic, sustainable and successful force into the future.
13 Episodes
Our latest podcast is the audio from our Legal Clinic event at the Cork Film Festival 2019, where LK Shields media law expert, Jeanne Kelly explains Copyright Law in detail. Just to note this event took place over a year ago; for the most up to date info on Copyright contact LK Shields directly at About this Event When it comes to copyright law, things can get confusing. What are your rights? WFT Ireland, in conjunction with the Cork Film Festival, hosted a special legal event for filmmakers on Thursday, 14th November 2019. The day saw a presentation from Jeanne Kelly from Irish entertainment law firm LK Shields. In this podcast of the live event, Jeanne goes through the ins-and-outs of Copyright Law. This event was possible thanks to the generous support of the BAI, the Cork Film Festival, and LK Shields.
On Thursday, December 3rd WFT Chair Dr. Susan Liddy was in conversation with the CEO of the Swedish Film Institute, the legendary Anna Serner. Since her appointment in 2011, Serner has delivered 5050 in Sweden and has become one of the most influential figures in the international industry. Earlier this year she announced, “I’m not afraid to give bigger budgets to only women for one year.” Serner is an internationally recognized leader; an inspired and outspoken advocate for gender equality across the world with a brief to “to take ALL of the talent into consideration”. Her call for 5050×2020, announced in Cannes in 2016, spearheaded a wide-reaching campaign to accelerate change across the world. This event was organised with the support of the BAI. Read the reports mentioned in the discussion here.
On the 9th November, WFT hosted the live ‘In Her Own Voice’ | Women talk film panel at the Cork International Film Festival's Industry Days event. Presented in partnership with CIFF with support from the BAI, this session celebrated the recent successes and accomplishments of three Irish female filmmakers, and the positive initiatives and structural changes that have occurred in the industry in the recent movement to recognise, encourage and promote women in film began. This panel was led by our chair Dr. Susan Liddy, and features Cathy Brady (Writer & Director, Wildfire), Ailbhe Keogan (Screenwriter, Run & Jump) and Katie McNeice (Director, In Orbit).
From how to avoid those 'Sainsbury moments' to finding the truth in a scene, on Monday 5th October 2020, WFT member, writer, filmmaker and performer Mo O’Connell was chatting about all things acting with Line of Duty‘s Rochenda Sandall about her impressive career to date. About Rochenda Sandall Having grown up in the village of Goxill, nearby Grimsby, Rochenda Sandall studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada). She made her mark in the theatre world with roles in the National Theatre’s Pomona and Coriolanus and worked as a voice actress on BBC Radio 4’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. As well as this, Sandall has led performances at the Royal Court and Donmar Warehouse. While Sci-Fi fans might recognise Sandall from her recent part on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Episode IX), when it comes to TV’s most influential shows, Sandall has worked on quite a few. These include Netflix’s Criminal and Black Mirror. She has been a regular on the BBC’s Love, Lies and Records and Line of Duty as well as on the Jimmy McGovern drama, Broken and Coronation Street. Most recently, she is about to appear in Steve McQueen’s highly-anticipated series Small Axe. About Mo O’Connell Mo O’Connell is a professional filmmaker from Dublin, Ireland. She trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and received her BA in Acting in 2012. She also has a Higher National Diploma in Film Production from Ballyfermot College. With numerous acting credits under her belt, Mo has gone on to make several award-winning films, including the award-winning feature film SPA Weekend. She has just shot her latest short film, the Screen Ireland funded short, HUM, screening at the Cork Film Festival 2020. This online talk has been made possible thanks to the support of the Broadcast Authority of Ireland.
Are you thinking about becoming a composer? On Tuesday, 30th June 2020, WFT Board Member Jaro Waldeck spoke with award-winning composer Natasa Paulberg about her musical career, her experience working in the industry and her tips on how she approaches a project. About Natasa Paulberg Natasa is an award-winning Australian/Irish composer, performer and conductor who writes music for film, gaming, trailers, TV, advertising and the concert hall. She is lead composer for Haunted Planet Studios including the award winning Bram Stoker’s Vampires and was awarded first place for the Contemporary Music Centre’s 2012 Composition Competition. In 2013 Natasa received the Fulbright scholarship for composition, where she attended UCLA’s esteemed Film Scoring Program in Los Angeles. Natasa has worked with LA composers Garry Schyman (BioShock, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified) and Christopher Young (A Madea Christmas, Gods Behaving Badly) and with orchestrator Peter Bateman (Hunger Games, Avengers). Her credits include many international and Irish projects such as Mother, directed by Natasha Waugh and Screen Ireland’s recent Discover Irish Stories on Screen trailer. Natasa is currently working on The Great Hunger for RTÉ and Arté produced by Create One and Tyrone Productions. Paulberg has been twice nominated for a Jerry Goldsmith Award in music, is represented by Avant Music Port and is a Board Member of the Screen Composers Guild of Ireland. This online talk was made possible thanks to the support of the Broadcast Authority of Ireland.
On Tuesday 23rd June 2020, WFT Vice-Chair Vanessa Gildea was in conversation with award-winning director Dearbhla Walsh about her directing career to date. The pair of filmmakers spoke about filming techniques, working in the industry and personal experiences - as well as taking questions from our WFT members and supporters. About Dearbhla Walsh: Dearbhla Walsh is from Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. She is an award-winning director who has worked on drama series including most recently Tales from the Loop, The Handmaid’s Tale, EastEnders, Shameless, Penny Dreadful, The Tudors and much to her nephew’s delight the Netflix Marvel series The Punisher. She won the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for Little Dorrit. She directed Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, a television film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name. She has also directed several art/dance films, funded by the Arts Council, in collaboration with Fearghus Ó Conchúir including Match and I’m Roger Casement. Walsh has been nominated for the Irish Film and Television Awards eight times and won twice for directing in 2011 and 2018 respectively. This event was supported by the BAI.
WFT in association with the 28th Galway Film Fleadh presented a special panel on creating a stronger voice for women – when writing, casting and auditioning – on the Saturday, July 9th of the 2016 edition of the festival. Panelists included International and Irish talent Screenwriter Kirsten Smith who co-wrote Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You and Ella Enchanted, casting supremo Louise Kiely, screenwriter, playwright and actor Stefanie Preissner (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope) and actor Seána Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary). On the event, Anne Marie Naughton former WFT Board Member commented : ‘We are delighted to have the opportunity to hold such an important discussion as part of this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. Taking small steps collectively can make a difference – starting with the writers and the roles they create, everyone then has a part to play in strengthening a unified voice.” Women in Film and Television Ireland is a voluntary body run by film and TV professionals of international standing, representing the creative, business and technical divisions of the Irish audiovisual sector. We promote greater representation of women on screen and behind the camera. Our aim is to ensure that the Irish film and television industry functions as a meritocratic, sustainable and successful force into the future.
As part of the 63rd Cork International Film Festival on the 15th November 2018, Vanessa Gildea, the Vice-Chair of Women in Film and TV, took part in a very special screening of Pat Murphy's Maeve, which was followed by an intimate Q&A where Pat discussed her work and experiences working in the industry. Pat Murphy, Film Artist in Residence at UCC and one of Ireland’s most radical filmmakers, best describes her debut feature: ‘Maeve was asking how does a woman position herself against the background of what was going on in the North and within the history of republicanism and memory and landscape. At the time, people were pushing competing narratives. But my experience was that there was no clear narrative, only a fractured one. I was influenced by Godard and Brecht. But, more than that, with Maeve, anytime I sat down and tried to create a straightforward film with a beginning, middle and end, it just wouldn’t work.’
WFT Podcast Panel: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Crowd-Funding! As a special treat, for this month's WFT Podcast, we've delved deep into the archives. On Tuesday 17th November 2015, WFT held a very special event in O’Callaghan Hotel, St Stephens Green where Kathryn Kennedy, Katie Holly, Frankie Fenton and Aoife Kelly shared their crowdfunding advice and experiences with our members. Crowd-funding is increasingly becoming a key part of financing for independent film – with crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Ireland’s Fund It experiencing huge growth spurts in recent years. There have been success stories, but in reality, it can be really challenging – only a few film & tv projects on Kickstarter reach their goal. This panel gave a warts-and-all picture of crowdfunding, via three Irish projects that successfully used crowd-funding to part-fund and raise awareness for their films. The projects are My Name is Emily, written and directed by Simon Fitzmaurice and produced by Kathryn Kennedy, and Lesley McKimm and Jackie Larkin. They achieved €120,000 in 30 days during the crowdfunding campaign for Simon Fitzmaurice's My Name is Emily. The original target was €200,000, and they raised €51,015 on Indiegogo, the rest being made through direct donations via post, bank transfer and online. Frankie Fenton’s The Good Reactor successfully raised £50K on Kickstarter. Blinder Films’ The Queen of Ireland raised just over EUR54,000 on Indiegogo, from a goal of EU50,000.
On Wednesday, 19th December 2018, Oscar-nominated writer Kirsten Sheridan delivered a focussed masterclass on the art of writing for screen for our Women in Film and TV Ireland members. This panel discussion took place in Brooks Hotel and was facilitated by the WFT Co-Chair at the time, screenwriter, Lauren Mackenzie. About Kirsten: Kirsten Sheridan is an accomplished Irish film director and screenwriter. The director of 'August Rush' (2007) and 'Disco Pigs' (2001), Sheridan was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing the semi-autobiographical film 'In America' (2002). To find out more about Women in Film and TV Ireland, our events or how you can join, visit This event was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
In this podcast, Aideen Burke from leading Irish Corporate and Commercial law firm LK Shields breaks down Section 481. What does changing legislation mean for the industry? How can filmmakers avail of Section 481 to get their films across the line? WFT Ireland, in conjunction with the Cork Film Festival, hosted a special legal event for filmmakers on Thursday, 14th November 2019. The day saw a presentation by Aideen Burke from Irish entertainment law firm LK Shields. In this podcast of the live event, Aideen goes through the ins-and-outs of Section 481. Section 481 is a tax credit, incentivising film and TV, animation and creative documentary production in Ireland, administered by Ireland’s Department of Culture and the Revenue Commissioners
When it comes to finding success - what can make an actor stand out from the crowd? In this podcast, actress and director Aoife Nic Ardghail has an in-depth chat with casting director Ali Coffey about the industry and her very varied career to date. About Ali Coffey Ali is known for her high energy and quick wit, but beneath the great jokes told badly and unforgettable red hair is a casting director with tremendous depth of knowledge through experience. Her passion drives a tireless and passionate casting team with unwavering integrity. Straight out of the womb she was off to the theatre, hell bent on keeping her finger on the pulse of all the acting talent in Ireland. After a brief dalliance with acting in her teens, Ali started as a casting assistant at the tender and awkward age of 17, a love affair with the craft was born and from that, AC Casting sprung forth in 2002. initially carving out a niche in commercial casting, ACC has grown into a company embracing many lauded film and TV projects. Ali holds an O1 US visa awarded for demonstrating extraordinary ability in her field, she travels regularly to New York and beyond particularly keeping abreast of Irish talent stateside. In her spare time she is a judge for the International Emmys, presenter for the Emerging Directors Awards, sails the seas and raises a tiny human. Aoife Nic Ardghail is an award-winning actress and director, known for Casual (2017), Rásaí na Gaillimhe (2009) and Seacht. Additional music from Alana Henderson: Wax & Wane available on Bandcamp
Is 5050×2020 a real possibility or an empty slogan? This panel discussion on the ongoing work for gender equality in the Irish film/TV industry took place at the Galway Film Fleadh 2019. This event was organised jointly by the Equality Action Committee (EAC) of the Writers Guild & Screen Directors Guild and Women in Film and Television Ireland. The Panel included Stephanie Comey, Dr. Annie  Doona,  Will Fitzgerald,  Liz Gill,  and was hosted by WFT Chair Dr. Susan Liddy This panel was recorded live on 13th July 2019 as part of the Galway Film Fleadh, - so there are some variances in sound. Find out more about what we do at WFT here:
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