New Horizons:

Women in the Irish Film and Television Industries

Friday March 3rd 2017

This day-long event will monitor what’s been happening for women in the Irish film and television industry over the last year.  And what needs to happen in 2017 to bring about the change we need for an equal industry. This year Limerick is calling again! The 2017 colloquium is a national and international conversation. Take a look at the line-up:

  • Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO Creative England which invests in, and supports, creative ideas and creative talent. She has previously worked as a producer, director and commissioning executive.
  • Professor Anna Wahl, Vice President KTH Stockholm – her research areas include gendered organisational cultures and unconscious bias. She has lead workshops on gender equality in organisations including the Swedish Film Institute
  • Melissa Silverstein – a writer, campaigner and blogger. Founder of Women and Hollywood and Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival.

Two Irish panels will look at gender and organisations and finding and nurturing female talent. Confirmed speakers for those panels include:

  • James Hickey, CEO Irish Film Board
  • Alan Esslemont, Director General TG4
  • Jane Gogan, Head of Drama, RTE
  • Celine Craig, Deputy CEO Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
  • Orla O Connor, Director National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Lesley McKimm ,Project Manager Irish Film Board
  • Siobhán Farrell, Eclipse Pictures Film Distributors
  • Rebecca O’Flanagan, Producer
  • Teresa McGrane, Deputy CEO Irish Film Board
  • Rebecca Daly, Screenwriter and Director


Guest Chairs:

  • Lauren MacKenzie, screenwriter. Deputy CEO Writers Guild; Equality Action Committee; WFT.
  • Amy Rowan, casting director. Amy Rowan Casting;  WFT.
  • Marian Quinn, screenwriter, director, producer. Chair, Equality Action Committee.

Like last year there will be a diverse audience – writers, producers, directors, film festival programmers, educators, to name just a few.  There will be representatives from organisations like the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the Irish Film Board, Screen Training Ireland, Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, Screen Producers Ireland, Writers Guild of Ireland, Equality Action Committee, Women in Film and Television.

Lunch, tea, coffee, wine reception, good company and great debate in a fun and informal atmosphere.

There is an early bird rate of €15 if you book online before Wednesday 1st March, click into our Registration Page;  €10 for students with valid ID or €25 at the registration desk. This is going to be a great day! 

If you have any questions email:

Waiting to hear from you!  

Best Wishes , Susan