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.
Cork Film Festival 2019: Jeanne Kelly tackles Copyright law
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 https://www.lkshields.ie/people/profile/jeanne-kelly
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.
WFT Chair in Conversation with Swedish Film Institute CEO Anna Serner
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.
WFT Women Talk Film Panel
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).
WFT Actors’ Podcast: Mo O’Connell in Conversation with Rochenda Sandall
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.
WFT in Conversation with Award-Winning Composer Natasa Paulberg
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.
In Conversation with Award-winning Director Dearbhla Walsh
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.