Gender, Diversity and Equal Opportunities

Gender, Diversity and Equal Opportunities

Gender and Diversity 

As part of our artistic leadership role in film and screen content, it is vitally important that we represent a contemporary Ireland with all of its uniqueness, originality of voice and cultural diversity. In doing so, we want to provide a breadth of storytelling and serve a wide range of audiences.

We are committed to addressing the issue of gender inequality in Irish filmmaking and screen content, in particular the roles of writers and directors. For the purposes of our Five-Year Strategy, our main focus in ensuring a diversity of voices in Irish film and filmmaking will be on gender.

Key Actions

  • Working to achieve enhanced levels of diversity in films and screen content supported by the IFB
  • Continuing to implement the Six Point Plan on Gender Equality published in December 2015, including the following initiatives:
  1. The collection, publication and monitoring of data on gender inequality

  2. Engagement with production companies and representative organisations to raise awareness of gender imbalance and working with them in education and training initiatives highlighting unconscious bias in creative decision making

  3. Enhancing the skills and capacities of creative decision makers in relation to diversity and equality issues in the creative decision-making process

  4. Continuing training and mentorship initiatives through Screen Training Ireland

  5. Supporting education initiatives in schools and colleges in the area of Irish culture

  6. Working with our partners in funding film and screen content, including the public service broadcasters RTÉ and TG4, as well as the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) Sound and Vision Scheme, so that gender equality and diversity is promoted in publicly funded screen content

Intended Outcomes

  • A more inclusive diversity of creative talent and screen content across the full spectrum of Irish society
  • That diversity within Irish society is fully reflected in the film and screen content production sector, within the workforce as a whole and in the audiences for whom the film is created
  • That the target of 50/50 gender parity in creative talent working in screen content is achieved
  • That diversity and gender equality are embedded within the funding process of all publicly funded film and screen content

Equal Opportunities 


Bord Scannán Na hEireann is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating any forms of discrimination, particularly those which are defined under the terms of the Employment Equality Acts, 1998 - 2004.

Download our Equal Opportunities Policy here, which also features in our Customer Charter, available here