International Women’s Day: IFB Focus on Irish Female Filmmakers

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International Women’s Day: IFB Focus on Irish Female Filmmakers

Posted: 8th March 2018

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is delighted to support International Women’s Day and is committed to #PressForProgress. As part of the IFB’s artistic leadership role in Irish film and screen content, it is vitally important that Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) represents a contemporary Ireland with all of its uniqueness, originality of voice and cultural diversity. Achieving 50/50 gender equality across all our funding schemes remains a key goal and it is one to which we remain steadfastly and unreservedly committed.

Over the last number of years, we have witnessed a host of female creative filmmakers breaking through on the international stage. Irish director Nora Twomey led Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon to their third Oscar nomination with The Breadwinner, while Emer Reynolds achieved global critical acclaim with her NASA Space Voyager, The Farthest, following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Neasa Ní Chianáin’s School Life became a festival favourite with major screenings at IDFA and Sundance, and Aoife McArdle’s Kissing Candice received its world premiere at TIFF followed by a European premiere at the Berlinale. Leading Irish cinematographer Kate McCullough was listed as one of ten Irish filmmakers to watch by The Hollywood Reporter (alongside Twomey, Reynolds and McArdle) while actresses Seána Kersake and Jessie Buckley featured in Screen Daily’s Stars of Tomorrow alongside producer, Farah Abushwesha. Irish female talent was further acknowledged at this year’s Academy Awards® with Saoirse Ronan and costume designer Consolata Boyle both receiving their third nominations, following on from Boyle’s nod at last year’s ceremony, wherein Ruth Negga received her inaugural Best Actress nomination.

This International Women’s Day — and always — we are proud to support Irish female filmmaking talent and as we seek to increase visibility and representation, below is a list of writers, directors, producers and acting talents featured in our 2017 and 2018 Production Catalogues. By no means is this an exhaustive list of Irish female filmmakers, but rather a celebration of the talent the IFB has supported over the last two years. These directors, writers and producers have crafted and developed stories that have captivated and transfixed audiences and they are listed here alongside the Irish actresses who have brought these stories to life in films that reflect and comment on the zeitgeist; revealing portraits of cultures old and new, forgotten and imagined.

Directors

2017      
Emer Reynolds, The Farthest
Aisling Walsh, Maudie
Nora Twomey, The Breadwinner
Rebecca Daly, Good Favour
Aoife McArdle, Kissing Candice
Neasa Ní Chianáin, School Life
Juanita Wilson, Tomato Red
Katrina Costello, The Silver Branch
Aoife Kelleher, Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village

2018      
Carmel Winters, Float Like A Butterfly
Alexandra McGuinness, Highway
Mary McGuckian, A Girl From Mogadishu
Nuala O’Connor, Keepers of the Flame
Sinéad O’Shea, A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot
Niamh Kennedy, The Life After
Aisling Walsh, Windmill Lane
Caroline Campbell, Bellwether
Carol Freeman, The Bird and the Whale
Kate Dolan, Catcalls
Aoífe Doyle, Departure
Louise Bagnall, Late Afternoon
Mia Mullarkey, Mother & Baby
Rioghnach Ni Ghriogair, NEON
Rachel Carey, Nice Night For It
Hannah Quinn, Smithy & Dicky
Claire Dix, Take Me Swimming
Orla McHardy, Where is Eva Hipsey?

Writers

2017      
Rebecca Daly, Good Favour
Aoife McArdle, Kissing Candice
Sian Quill, Becca’s Bunch
Amy Stephenson, Becca’s Bunch
Emma Hogan, Brewster the Rooster, I’m a Fish, Peek Zoo (2018)
Debbie McDonald, Brewster the Rooster

2018      
Carmel Winters, Float Like A Butterfly
Alexandra McGuinness, Highway
Mary McGuckian, A Girl From Mogadishu
Jules Coll, Damo & Ivor: The Movie
Nuala O’Connor, Keepers of the Flame
Caroline Campbell, Bellwether
Maria Doyle Kennedy, A Different Kind of Day
Adrienne Michel-Long, Deposits
Ailbhe Keoghan, Take Me Swimming
Carol Freeman, The Bird and the Whale
Kate Dolan, Catcalls
Aoífe Doyle, Departure
Louise Bagnall, Late Afternoon
Mia Mullarkey, Mother & Baby
Rioghnach Ni Ghriogair, NEON
Rachel Carey, Nice Night For It

Producers

2017      
Jane Doolan (Mammoth Films), MAZE
Jessie Fisk (formerly Marcie Pictures, now Feline Films), Song of Granite
Ruth Coady (Parallel Films), The Delinquent Season, Mary Shelley
Kate McColgan (Calico Pictures), The Drummer and the Keeper
Donna Eperon (Subotica), Michael Inside
Ruth Treacy (Tailored Films), The Lodgers
Julianne Forde (Tailored Films), The Lodgers
Rachael O’Kane (Tilted Pictures), The Cured
Kathryn Kennedy (Kennedy Films), It’s Not Yet Dark
Susan Mullen (Parallel Films), Maudie
Ailish McElmeel (Deadpan Pictures), Halal Daddy
Deirdre Levins (Fantastic Films), NAILS
Edwina Forkin (Zanzibar Films), Aithrí/Penance
Rebecca O’Flanagan (Treasure Entertainment), Handsome Devil, The Flag, Metal Heart (2018), Papi Chulo (2018)
Katie Holly (Blinder Films), Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
Nicky Gogan (Wavelength Pictures), Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect
Nuala Cunningham (New Decade TV), I, Dolours
Rachel Lysaght (Underground Films), Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village
Lindsay Campbell (Underground Films), Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village
Louise Shore (ArtCastle), St. Patrick’s Day

2018      
Jacqueline Kerrin (Ripple World), Never Grow Old, Highway (executive producer)
Anna O'Malley, Highway
Martina Niland (Cosmos Films), Float Like A Butterfly
Ruth Carter (Blue Ink Films), Damo & Ivor: The Movie
Grainne O’Sullivan (Blank Page), Limbo
Katie Holly (Blinder Films), Vita & Virginia
Aoife O’Sullivan (Subotica), Sonja: The White Swan
Susan Broe (Wiggleywoo), The Day Henry Met
Aideen O’Sullivan (True Films), Katie
Niamh Fagan (Lunar Pictures), Shooting the Mafia
Ailish Bracken (Blinder Films), A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot
Trisha Canning (Loosehorse), Wings and a Prayer
Fiona Kinsella (Jumper Productions), Nice Night For It
Niamh Herrity (Pink Kong Studios), Departure
Nuria González Blanco (Cartoon Saloon), Late Afternoon
Samantha Plaisted (Whirlgig), Macarooned
Alice McDowell (Ishka Films), Mother & Baby
Flaminia Iacoviello (925 Productions), NEON
Michela Orlandi (Savage Productions), Smithy & Dicky
Roisín Geraghty (Feenish Productions), Take Me Swimming
Jessica Bermingham (Red Rage Films), The Swimmer
Aoife McGonigal (Fastnet Docs), Tomato Can
Nicky Gogan (Still Films), Where Is Eva Hipsey?

Acting Talent

2017      
Catherine Walker, The Delinquent Season, Cellar Door (2018)
Eva Birthistle, The Delinquent Season
Sarah Greene, Black 47
Sarah Bolger, Halal Daddy, Dublin Old School (2018)
Deirdre O’Kane, Halal Daddy, The Lodgers
Roisin Murphy, The Lodgers
Ruth Bradley, The Flag
Ann Skelly, Kissing Candice

2018      
Hazel Doupe, Float Like A Butterfly
Aisling O’Sullivan, Dark Lies The Island
Seána Kerslake, The Hole in the Ground, Dublin Old School
Jordanne Jones, Metal Heart
Leah McNamara, Metal Heart
Ruth McCabe, Damo & Ivor: The Movie
Tina Kellegher, Damo & Ivor: The Movie
Karan Hassan, Cellar Door
Martha Dunlea, Limbo
Molly Barrett, Limbo

For more information on the IFB’s Gender and Diversity Policy, as well as information on guidelines on our female-focused funding initiatives, please click here.

For more information on International Women’s Day, please click here.