June 23rd 2022: The Irish Film Institute (IFI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Susan Liddy and the re-election of Juanita Wilson to the IFI Board. These appointments follow the IFI Annual General Meeting.Commenting on the appointments, Chair of the Board, John McGrane said, ‘I’m looking forward to working closely with the newly elected board members, who bring a wealth of experience from curation and advocacy around diversity and inclusion, to writing and directing, celebrating the cultural significance of cinema during this revitalising time for the arts.’IFI Director and CEO Ross Keane said, ‘We’re delighted to be welcoming Susan and Juanita to the IFI Board, bringing academic and practical industry experience to help in forging the IFI’s path through this next period, as we celebrate the hybrid future of preserving, exhibiting and educating Irish film and beyond.’

Dr Susan Liddy, lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications Studies in MIC, University of Limerick, has been elected to the Board, bringing a range of research and practice knowledge, across gender and diversity issues in the Irish screen industries, and the representation of women over 40 on screen and behind the camera.Speaking about her appointment, Dr Susan Liddy said, ‘I’m honoured to join the Board of the Irish Film Institute and look forward to working with colleagues to support the IFI staff in their sterling work for film and filmmakers. For me, the IFI is truly the home of Irish film and a thriving centre for all that film lovers cherish. I look forward to playing a part in the further development of this great cultural institution.’

Writer, director and producer Juanita Wilson has been re-elected for another term on the Board. Juanita is director of Oscar-nominated short The Door and feature As If I Am Not There, as well as producer of Inside I’m Dancing, directed by Damien O’Donnell and starring a breakout performance from James McEvoy.Juanita Wilson commented, ‘I was honoured to be invited to join the Board of the IFI and to watch it evolve and grow over the past few challenging years. The perils of lockdown were met with incredible drive and innovation and the newly created online platforms offer greater flexibility and access to films than ever before.  As a truly global institution, I’m excited that Ireland’s home for independent cinema can throw open its doors once again and welcome as many new faces and voices as possible.’ 

Dr Susan Liddy and Juanita Wilson join the existing members of the IFI Board of Claire McHugh, Patrick O’Neill, Maria Pramagiorre, Michael Collins, Dr Neasa Hardiman, Ger McNaughton, Rebeca O’Flanagan, Adrian Crawford, Sheila de Courcy, Terence O’Rourke, Torlach Denihan, Dr Zélie Asava and Tadhg O’Sullivan, all led by Chairperson John McGrane.

The IFI acknowledges the support of the Arts Council.

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