May 13th 2022: Following two years of online iterations, IFI Spotlight returns to the Irish Film Institute in 2022, for a review of activity in the Irish film and television industry, examining output across the last year, from Irish language cinema to music in film. Tickets are on sale now; panels will be livestreamed online throughout the day, on June 1st.

This year, practitioners, journalists and academics will consider the status of the Irish screen industry, with a finger on the pulse of change, innovation and emerging trends that can be traced in recent film and television productions.

Speaking on the programme for a hybrid IFI Spotlight, Head of Irish Film Programming Sunniva O’Flynn said, ‘IFI Spotlight 2022 continues to play a major role in IFI’s commitment to the development of film culture in Ireland. This year’s sessions will challenge consumers to interrogate their response to news, social media, film and TV representations – with an unmissable keynote address from Malachy Browne, Pulitzer-prize winning, investigative journalist who will report on his work in the NY Times Video Investigation Unit.’

The day will begin with a review of the year by Dr Tony Tracy (NUIG) and Dr Roddy Flynn (UCD), looking at trends across Irish cinema in 2021. A morning session will focus on music and film, hosted by the Screen Composers Guild, examining the relationship between sound and screen. To round off the morning session, a panel on Irish language and film with TG4 will inspect the rising success of Irish films such as Arracht (2019), Foscadh (2021) and An Cailín Ciúin (2022).

The afternoon session will look at Diversity & Inclusion policies in the film industry, and the power of casting to effect change, following on from last year’s panel, ‘If You Can See It, You Can Be It‘. The keynote address this year will come from investigative journalist Malachy Browne of the New York Times video unit.



MORNING SESSION – 10.00 – 13.00

• Review of the Year – Dr Tony Tracy (NUIG) and Dr Roddy Flynn (DCU)
• Music into Film – Hosted by the Screen Composers Guild of Ireland
• Gael Force – Irish language in the cinema

AFTERNOON SESSION – 14.30 – 17.00
• The D&I is Cast – D&I strategies for UK and Irish film and television
• Keynote address – Investigative journalist Malachy Browne, founder of the New York Times Video Unit
• Wrap Up

Tickets are now on sale from ifi.ie. Full-day tickets cost €10.00 and are available directly from the IFI Box Office. Half-day tickets cost €5.50 each: morning tickets are on sale here; afternoon tickets are on sale here.

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