‘Her Name Is…’ Wins at WFT Ireland Short Film Showcase

Claire Byrne, Juanita Wilson & Lydia McGuinness

 

WFT Ireland announced the winners of their members’ Short Film Showcase 2019, held in the IFI on Wednesday 6th March. The event was organised in partnership with the IFI, and with the support of the BAI, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The judges selected No Place as the second runner up. This short was written and directed by Laura Kavanagh and produced by Laura, Emily Morgan and Barry Ward. A timely short, No Place tells the story of Angela and her two young kids as they are evicted from their home. Angela struggles to maintain a sense of normality as an increasingly desperate situation unfolds.

Second place was awarded to The Girl at the End of the Garden, a comedy drama about an unhappy young girl whose life is turned upside-down when she finds a mysterious runaway with psychic powers in her back garden. The Girl at the End of the Garden was directed by Bonnie Dempsey, written by Rodney Lee and produced by Sinead Barry and David O’Sullivan.

Her Name Is…

The winner of the overall competition was Her Name Is… directed by Lydia McGuinness and Claire Byrne. This heartbreaking short was written by Lydia and Ben Conway, and produced by Jo Halpin and Emma Wall of Alfonso Films. Her Name Is… follows an isolated young woman on her journey through the city streets in a final act of desperation.

The filmmakers were presented with prizes on the night by special guest, Oscar nominated filmmaker, Juanita Wilson.

Juanita Wilson, Susan Liddy, Vanessa Gildea

WFT Chair Dr. Susan Liddy said: “Our Short Film Showcase is an affirmation of the talented women working in the industry today. We were struck by the range of films submitted and, indeed, the range of filmmakers – from more established names to emerging voices. WFT is immensely proud to have hosted this wonderful evening to highlight our female talent. We’d like to thank Sunniva O Flynn and the IFI team for embracing the event and the BAI for their continued support. We were overwhelmed by the huge audience on the night and the enthusiastic commitment by female filmmakers to stand their ground, tell their stories and make their mark in the Irish film industry. And WFT will be there to support them all the way”.

 

 

 

 

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WFT Short Film Showcase

 

To celebrate International Women’s Day, WFT Ireland, is partnering with the IFI, to host an annual Short Film Showcase. This special screening of WFT Ireland members’ work will take place on Wednesday, 6th March 2019 at 6:30pm.

The films that will screen on the evening include:

Ma (dir. Anne Marie Kelly, 9 mins);

The Girl at the End of the Garden (dir. Bonnie Dempsey, 15 mins);

No Place (dir. Laura Kavanagh, 7 mins);

Catcalls (dir. Kate Dolan, 9 mins);

The Shift (dir. Megan K. Fox, 12 mins);

Siobhan (dir. Maeve Murphy, 10 mins);

Her Name Is… (dir. Lydia McGuinness, 10 mins);

Sea for Yourself (dir. Gráinne Gavigan, 8 mins).

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WFT Ireland Calls for Inclusion of a Gender Focus in the European Commission’s Proposal

Silvia Report

Silvia Report

In a report recently delivered to the European Parliament, Silvia Costa, an Italian journalist and politician, made a number of points relating to equality regarding the focus and future direction of Creative Europe, the European Union programme for the cultural and creative sectors. The Alliance of Women’s Networks subsequently released a statement, citing concern that that although she does address a number of issues, it doesn’t sufficiently tackle gender equality, either in the draft proposal or in Ms Costa’s report.

WFT Ireland is a founding member of the recently established Alliance of Women’s Networks. This alliance is a newly established think tank bringing together national and supranational women’s networks active in the audiovisual sector in Europe and beyond (WIFT International, WIFT Germany, WIFT Iceland, WiFT & M Italy, WFT Ireland, WIFT Norway, WIFT Sweden, 5050×2020, EWA Network).

The Alliance of Women’s Networks released an official statement:

“We support Member of the European Parliament Silvia Costa’s report on the new Creative Europe programme.

The Alliance of Women’s Networks welcomes the draft report on the proposal for a new Creative Europe programme (2021-2027) by Ms Silvia Costa that will be examined and discussed on 20 November 2018 by the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education.

The Alliance joins Ms Costa in her positive appraisal of the inclusion of a gender focus in the European Commission’s proposal, which constitutes a turning point in comparison to the current Creative Europe programme. It also supports Ms Costa’s request for the budget to be increased from EUR 1.85 billion to EUR 2.806 billion, which would double the current allocation.

The Alliance supports in particular Ms Costa’s proposal to add a new point under the provision concerning the Programme Objectives (Article 3, paragraph 2) that would include gender equality among the general objectives pursued by Creative Europe. It is also strongly in favour of Ms Costa’s proposal to include mentoring and networking activities among the specific measures to contribute to more balanced gender participation in the audiovisual sector listed under the Media Strand in Annex I of the proposal.

It regrets, however, that among the indicators for the Media Strand listed in Annex II no reference is made to gender equality, either in the draft proposal or in Ms Costa’s report. Collection of gendered data is crucial to the success of policies promoting gender equality.

The Alliance calls for the maximum possible allocation of budgetary resources to the mainstreaming of gender equality in all Creative Europe activities and to the specific measures in favour of gender equality under the Media Strand and encourages the MEPs of the EP Committee on Culture and Education to add a specific indicator on gender equality in the Media Strand of Annex II.”

Read more here:

DRAFT REPORT by MEP Silvia Costa
on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1295/2013

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1295/2013

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