Irish Film Institute -IFI SPOTLIGHT 2016


The IFI presents a range of opportunities
for consuming and engaging with Irish film throughout the year. IFI Spotlight is our annual event where we dedicate a day to focusing on Irish film and television – reviewing the past year and considering current trends in production, distribution and consumption of new work. The day, which is chaired by Professor Margaret Kelleher (Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature & Drama at UCD and Chairperson of the IFI Board of Directors), again includes a formal review of 2015 output presented by leading Irish film scholars. This year there will be a particular focus on women in the Irish film and television industry and an examination of moves towards creation of gender equality in the sector.

In a new IFI Spotlight strand, In the Pipeline, we invite filmmakers to share their production experience on a pre-release title, providing audiences with a sneak preview of upcoming releases along with an insight into the creative processes adopted.

The day is complemented by our ongoing exhibition of Irish film throughout the programme with a strong brace of titles for April, including Atlantic (Risteard O Domhnaill), Mammal (Rebecca Daly), My Name is Emily (Simon Fitzmaurice) and I Am Belfast (Mark Cousins).

Proceedings will be moderated by Professor Margaret Kelleher, and will start at 10.00.


2015 IN REVIEW (10.10–11.10)

Dr. Roddy Flynn (DCU) and Dr. Tony Tracy (NUIG) will together review the film and television output of 2015. They will trace prevalent themes; explore critical and audience response; consider distribution patterns in Dublin, Ireland and elsewhere, and identify factors which may have impacted on production throughout this period.


Francine Raveney (Audiovisual Consultant/EWA Network Head of Public Relations) will present
a statistical overview of women in the European film industry and will evaluate a range of models designed to achieve gender equality across all areas of production.


For some time now the stark disparity between the success of men and women in creating and producing Irish stories for film and television has been apparent. Considerable work has already been done to identify areas of gender inequality and to propose strategies to address the imbalance. Much has yet to be done. This panel will consider the value of women’s work as story tellers in film; will provide available information on women writing, directing and producing in Ireland; will consider support for these endeavours by broadcast and other commissioning agencies; and will review plans by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ The Irish Film Board to correct gender anomalies in film production in order to achieve gender equality within a declared timeframe.
Panel: Chair Siobhán Bourke (Irish Theatre Institute); Dr. Susan Liddy (Mary Immaculate College Limerick); Dr. Annie Doona (Acting Chair, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board); Francine Raveney


A short about Irish women in film by students at Dundalk Institute of Technology (17 mins).

SOAPBOX: PAT MURPHY (14.20 – 14.40)
In a presentation by one of Ireland’s most respected and prolific female film directors, Pat Murphy will reflect on gender and filmmaking practice, and why she has been drawn to stories of women in her drama and documentary work.

IN THE PIPELINE (14.45-15.25)
In this inaugural strand we are delighted that producer Katie Holly and director Ken Wardrop will discuss their forthcoming feature films. Katie will present on the film she produced with renowned US indie director Whit Stillman, Love and Friendship, and Ken will discuss Mom and Me, his much-anticipated follow-up to His and Hers.

ROUND UP (15.30)
Facilitated by Professor Margaret Kelleher.


Full day (10.00 – 16.45): €8 (BOOK NOW)

Morning session (10.00 – 13.00): €5 (BOOK NOW)

Afternoon session (14.15 – 16.45): €5 (BOOK NOW)


Please note that the IFI Café Bar is offering a Special Lunch Deal on the day with Soup & Sandwich €7.50


The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland