IFI Spotlight 2020 Online: A Year in Review


Irish film is a constant feature of the IFI programme, appearing as new releases, event screenings, archival or free lunchtime programmes, regional presentations, or featured on the IFI Player. Filmmakers and audiences appreciate the commitment to excellence in the presentation and creation of new contexts in which to consider the full range of Irish work.

Spotlight is our annual event where we present a focus on Irish film and television – reviewing the past year and considering current trends in production, distribution and consumption of new work. Our point of departure is a belief that an annual process of considered reflection and review is essential for the development of a healthy Irish media culture, an informed production community, and a cine-literate audience body.

This year we take IFI Spotlight online. In a series of live free Zoom events, a range of film and TV experts will explore aspects of the Irish film and TV industry and will engage with audience in a post-presentation discussion.

Session 1: A Year in Review

Friday June 12th at 11am

We welcome our perennial guests Dr Roddy Flynn (DCU) and Dr Tony Tracy (NUIG) in a review of film and TV in 2019.

Opening with a bang with the release and Oscar success of The Favourite, the year offered as varied an output in Irish film as ever including comedies; dark dramas; a varied range of documentaries; and a notable number of works written/directed by women. Seeking to take the pulse of the Irish screen sector, Roddy and Tony survey this output alongside industry initiatives and developments and will consider how the industry and audiences might respond in a post-Covid landscape.

Dr Roddy Flynn is an Associate Professor at the School of Communications, DCU where he currently chairs the MA in Contemporary Screen Studies. He has researched and written extensively on many aspects of Irish film, media and audiovisual policy.

Dr Tony Tracy is lecturer in Film Studies at Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway. His research focuses on Irish cinema, masculinities and silent film. He is the co-editor (with Roddy Flynn) of the annual review of Irish Film and TV which appears in the Estudios Irlandeses journal.

Tony and Roddy are co -authors of the compendious Historical Dictionary of Irish Cinema (2019).

IFI Spotlight 2020 is supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).

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