Mary Immaculate College, Limerick will play host to a colloquium on Women in the Irish Film and Television Industries, titled New Horizons on March 3rd. The day-long event will monitor what’s been happening for women in the Irish film and television industry over the last year.  And what needs to happen in 2017 to bring about the change needed for an equal industry.

The 2017 colloquium is a national and international conversation. Practitioners, representatives from funding bodies, broadcasters, guilds, voluntary organisations and international speakers will debate how best to create gender equality in the Irish film and television industries.

Speakers will include:

  • Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO Creative England
  • Professor Anna Wahl of KTH Stockholm, a renowned expert on gendered organisational cultures and combating unconscious bias. Professor Wahl has worked closely with many organisations including the Swedish Film Institute.
  • Melissa Silverstein who is a writer, campaigner and blogger. Founder of Women and Hollywood and Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival.

Two Irish panels will look at gender and organisations, and the finding and nurturing of female talent. Confirmed speakers for those panels include:

  • James Hickey – CEO Irish Film Board
  • Leslie McKimm –  Project Manager Irish Film Board
  • Alan Esslemont – Director TG4
  • Jane Gogan – Head of Drama, RTE
  • Celine Craig – Deputy CEO Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
  • Orla O Connor – Director National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Lesley McKimm – Project Manager Irish Film Board
  • Siobhán Farrell  –Eclipse Pictures – Film Distributors
  • Rebecca O’Flanagan – Producer
  • Screen Training Ireland

Like last year there will be a diverse audience of writers, producers, directors, film festival programmers, educators, and more.  There will be representatives from organisations like the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the Irish Film Board, Screen Training Ireland, Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, Screen Producers Ireland, Writers Guild of Ireland, Equality Action Committee, Women in Film and Television.

Lunch, tea, coffee, wine reception, good company and great debate in a fun and informal atmosphere.

There is an early bird rate of €15 for online bookings made before Wednesday 1st March;  €10 for students with valid ID or €25 at the registration desk. Register now.

Questions and queries can be sent to womeninfilmire@mic.ul.ie

For anyone wishing to stay in Limerick the night before, organisers have secured a few deals in some local hotels just a few minutes’ walk from the college:

The George Boutique
Single € 79 B&B / DBL  € 89 B&B

Limerick City Hotel
Single €59 B&B / DBL €69 B&B

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