Registration for this July 2nd free online event is available HERE.

IFI Spotlight 2021 provides a platform for informed debate on the state of the Irish film and television industry. As we emerge from a global crisis which has impacted dramatically on production, distribution and exhibition activity throughout the world IFI Spotlight will look forward towards recovery of the sectors and creation of new media landscapes. Since 2016, IFI Spotlight has worked with Screen Ireland and BAI to raise awareness of gender imbalance in film and tv production and exhibition in Ireland.  This process of conscientisation will continue in 2021 with a focus across all Spotlight sessions on Gender, Diversity and Inclusion.

On consecutive Fridays in June and July we will welcome contributors from Ireland, the US, the UK, and mainland Europe to report on the creation of strategies which promote active participation and increased representation in media culture of all members of society regardless of class, race, gender, sexuality, physical ability  or membership of an ethnic minority.

Session 2 – Nothing Succeeds like Access: International Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policies

Friday, July 2nd at 11am

Melanie Hoyes, Marcus Ryder, Sarah Gavron

IFI Spotlight 2021 focuses on development of a film and television culture that is inclusive, diverse and accessible by audiences regardless of race, ethnicity, class, physical ability, sexual identity or gender. In this session we look at tried and tested Diversity & Inclusion initiatives in other territories. Dr Susan Liddy (Women in the Irish Film Industry: Stories and Storytellers, ed. 2020) will host a panel exploring strategies which identify underrepresentation and increase diversity in film and television production, exhibition and consumption in the UK and Europe.

The panel will include:

  • Melanie Hoyes  (Industry Inclusion Executive, BFI)
  • Marcus Ryder (Head of External Consultancies at the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity)
  • Sarah Gavron (Director, Rocks, Brick Lane)


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