Statement from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) on Gender Imbalance Across 2018 IFTA Nominations

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Statement from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) on Gender Imbalance Across 2018 IFTA Nominations

Posted: 12th January 2018

Speaking about yesterday’s (11 January) IFTA nominations, Annie Doona, Chair of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) said:

“On behalf of the IFB, I would like to congratulate all the nominees for this year’s IFTAs. This awards ceremony has a long tradition of celebration and recognition of Irish film and television and the talent that has helped bring more and more productions to growing local and global audiences.

“The IFTAs were established to reflect the breadth and depth of the Irish film and television industry. With this in mind I would like to express my disappointment at the gender imbalance that has emerged in the shortlists for almost every category of award.

“We are all aware that there is a gender imbalance within the industry and we at the IFB remain steadfastly committed to addressing this issue.  Achieving 50/50 gender equality within the sector remains an utmost priority for the IFB and we have undertaken a number of measures to ensure that Irish female talent is encouraged and visible within the industry. It is vitally important that the stories Irish films portray, represent a contemporary image of Ireland in all its diversity, inclusivity and originality of voice.

“In December 2015, we launched our Six Point Plan on Gender Equality, detailing a number of measures to monitor and enhance gender representation across the sector. At last year’s Galway Film Fleadh, we furthered our commitment to achieving 50/50 gender equality by announcing a number of groundbreaking initiatives [1]  to support and encourage female talent.

 “We acknowledge that this shift cannot happen overnight and it is important to remember that we can only fund what we receive. We must continue to implore and encourage Irish creative female talent to apply so that these goals can be achieved.

“In the last year alone, we have seen female Irish filmmakers break through on the international stage including the likes of Nora Twomey with her Golden Globe-nominated animated feature, The Breadwinner, and Emer Reynolds with her critically acclaimed feature documentary, The Farthest.

“In 2018, a host of female-led Irish films will come to the fore, including Twomey’s aforementioned The Breadwinner, Carmel Winters’ Float Like A Butterfly, Aoife McArdle’s Kissing Candice, Mary McGuckian’s A Girl From Mogadishu, and Alexandra McGuinness’ Highway alongside the Katie Holly-produced Irish co-production Vita  & Virginia and Sinéad O’Shea’s documentary, A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot.

"These upcoming titles prove that this imbalance is shifting and it is a shift we will unyieldingly support. We hope that at next year’s awards, female talent will be equally represented and offered the recognition it truly deserves.”

— Dr Annie Doona, Chair, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB)
 

[1]
Low Budget Film Production and Training Scheme for Female Talent

  • Aimed exclusively at emerging and established female writers and directors.
  • Following tailored workshops, mentoring and training, talent will have the opportunity to apply for support to produce a feature film, with a budget of up to €400,000.

Enhanced Production Funding for Female-initiated and -driven Feature Films

  • Increased support of up to €100,000 for projects applying for Irish Production funding if the feature film is led by an Irish female writer or director or a writer/director combo.
  • Gender parity will continue to be monitored across all schemes.

Development Focus for Female-initiated Feature Films

  • We have just re-launched our Screenplay Development Schemes, split into two categories: Established and Emerging Talent.
  • We are wholly committed to achieving gender parity across this scheme, but it is totally dependent on applications — that is simply the only way we can ever reach this goal. 

Gender Equality and Diversity Subcommittee

  • Came into effect in September 2017.
  • The committee will consult with external bodies and establish ongoing policies and guidelines in relation to the application process and funding arrangements.

Promotion and Dialogue

  • Continue to conduct dialogue with relevant stakeholders including RTÉ, the BAI, SPI, Directors Guild, Writers Guild and Animation Ireland.
  • Engaging in dialogue with production companies to discuss actions they could take to increase gender equality.
  • Introduce a targeted strategy to promote female talent and increase visibility and celebrate their achievements.

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Nominations for the 2018 IFTA Film and Drama Awards

FILM CATEGORIES

FEATURE FILM

Cardboard Gangsters

Handsome Devil

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Maudie

Michael Inside

Song of Granite
 

DIRECTOR FILM

Frank Berry, Michael Inside

John Butler, Handsome Devil

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Mark O Connor, Cardboard Gangsters

Aisling Walsh, Maudie

 

SCRIPTWRITER FILM

Frank Berry, Michael Inside

Stephen Burke, Maze

John Butler, Handsome Devil

Nick Kelly, The Drummer and The Keeper

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE - FILM

John Connors, Cardboard Gangsters

Colin Farrell, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Dafhyd Flynn, Michael Inside

Fionn O Shea, Handsome Devil

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Maze

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE - FILM

Sarah Bolger, Halal Daddy

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Ann Skelly, Kissing Candice

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - FILM

Barry Keoghan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Jacob McCarthy, The Drummer and The Keeper

Andrew Scott, Handsome Devil

Fionn Walton, Cardboard Gangsters

Barry Ward, Maze

 

ACTRESS SUPPORTING ROLE - FILM

Niamh Algar, The Drummer and The Keeper

Sarah Carroll, The Limit Of

Deirdre O Kane, Halal Daddy

Victoria Smurfit, The Lears

Fionna Hewitt Twamley, Cardboard Gangsters

 

GEORGE MORRISON FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

The 34th

A Cambodian Spring

The Farthest

No Stone Unturned

The Silver Branch

 

SHORT FILM – LIVE ACTION

Cry Rosa

For You

The Secret Market

The Tattoo

Time Traveller

Wave

 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

An Beal Bocht

Angela's Christmas

Departure

Late Afternoon

 

INTERNATIONAL FILM

Dunkirk

Lady Bird

Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

INTERNATIONAL ACTOR

Timothee Chamelet, Call Me By Your Name

Ethan Hawke, Maudie

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

INTERNATIONAL ACTRESS

Sally Hawkins, Maudie

Sally Hawkins, Shape of Water

Nicole Kidman, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

DRAMA CATEGORIES

DRAMA

Acceptable Risk

Game of Thrones

Line of Duty

Paula

Striking Out

Vikings

 

DIRECTOR – DRAMA

David Caffrey, Peaky Blinders

Rob Quinn, Ackley Bridge

Steve Saint Leger, Vikings

Dearbhla Walsh, Fargo

 

SCRIPTWRITER – DRAMA

Ronan Bennett, Gunpowder

Malcolm Campbell, Ackley Bridge

Conor McPherson, Paula

Antoine O Flatharta, Grace Harte

 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE - DRAMA

Richard Dormer, Rellik

Adrian Dunbar, Line Of Duty

Brendan Gleeson, Mr Mercedes

Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders

Chris O Dowd, Get Shorty

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE - DRAMA

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Elaine Cassidy, Acceptable Risk

Denise Gough, Paula

Amy Huberman, Striking Out

Ruth Negga, Preacher

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - DRAMA

Liam Cunningham, Game of Thrones

Moe Dunford, Vikings

Aidan Gillen, Game of Thrones

Owen McDonnell, Paula

Jason O Mara, Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - DRAMA

Angeline Ball, Acceptable Risk

Eva Birthistle, The Last Kingdom

Jessie Buckley, Taboo

Charlie Murphy, Peaky Blinders

Genevieve O’Reilly, Tin Star

 

CRAFT/TECHNICAL CATEGORIES (across Film & Drama)

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Tom Comerford, Pilgrimage

Richard Kendrick, Song of Granite

Seamus McGarvey, The Greatest Showman

Cathal Watters, Peaky Blinders

 

COSTUME DESIGN

Consolata Boyle, Victoria and Abdul

Sarajane Ffrench O Carroll, The Lodgers

Susan O Connor Cave, Vikings

Leonie Prendergast, Pilgrimage

 

EDITING

Tony Cranstoun, The Farthest

Dermot Diskin, Peaky Blinders

Una Ni DhonghaIle, Three Girls

Tadhg O Sullivan, Song of Granite

 

MAKEUP & HAIR

Julie-Ann Ryan & Niamh Glynn, The Cured

Clare Lambe & Sevlene Roddy, Into the Badlands

Lorraine Glynn & Sonya Dolan, The Man Who Invented Christmas

Dee Corcoran & Tom McInerney, Vikings

 

ORIGINAL MUSIC

Ray Harman, The Farthest

Stephen  McKeon, Pilgrimage

Stephen Rennicks, Maze

John Gerard Walsh, The Drummer and The Keeper

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Stephen Daly, Into the Badlands

Joe Fallover, The Lodgers

Mark Geraghty, Vikings

John Hand, Maudie

 

SOUND

Steve Fanagan,  Kieran Horgan, The Farthest

Ronan Hill, Onnalee Blank,  Mathew Waters, Game of Thrones

Karl Merren  Brendan Deasy, Into the Badlands

Marco Dolle, Steve Munro, Garret Farrell, Maudie

 

VFX

Tim Chauncey The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King

Ian Benjamin Kenny Enda O  Connor The Farthest

Ed Bruce & Nicholas Murphy, Screenscene, Game of Thrones

Tailored Films  & Bowsie Workshop, The Lodgers