To celebrate International Women’s Day, Screen Training Ireland (STI) takes a look at the achievements of Irish female filmmaking talent who have accessed various training, mentoring and shadowing opportunities offered over the years.
Through our work at Screen Training Ireland we are fully committed to International Women’s Day call to action to #PressforProgress on gender parity by encouraging an environment of support and inclusion on all STI courses and initiatives. In 2017 STI allocated 48% of training places to women.
Screen Training Ireland support female talent through various courses, initiatives and the bursary award scheme. Leading Irish Composer and Conductor, Eimear Noone, participated in many STI courses and is a world renowned conductor of video game scores; Caoimhe Doyle, Foley Artist (ROOM, FRANK, GAME OF THRONES, SING STREET) received a bursary to participate in an apprenticeship with Andy Malcolm at Footsteps Post-Production Sound Inc. at the beginning of her career. Read more about their achievements here and here
Other female talent supported through STI includes Neasa Ní Chianáin, Director (SCHOOL LIFE); Carmel Winters, Writer/Director (SNAP, FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY); Martina Niland, Producer (SING STREET, THE YOUNG OFFENDERS TV Series, FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY); Anna Rackard, Art Director/Production Designer (LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, A DANGEROUS FORTUNE, STELLA DAYS, THE BUTCHER BOY); and many more female filmmakers.
Creative Director Aoife Doyle and Producer Niamh Herrity of Pink Kong Studios were awarded a bursary of €30,000 by ADIFF, Screen Training Ireland & Audi Ireland to produce their virtual reality concept AURORA which premiered at the Dublin International Film Festival.
Director shadowing schemes were developed to support key creative talent on RED ROCK and CAN’T COPE WON’T COPE to increase future productions directed by female talent. Hannah Quinn, Assistant Director RED ROCK participated on a shadow directing opportunity on RED ROCK with director Lisa Mulcahy and Natasha Waugh, AD, shadow directed six episodes of CAN’T COPE WON’T COPE alongside director Imogen Murphy.
You can read more about Hannah’s shadowing experience here.
Mentoring opportunities for female talent are supported via leading international programmes such as Guiding Lights and Inside Pictures. Irish writer Ailbhe Keogan (RUN AND JUMP, TAKE ME SWIMMING) and Kate Dolan, director (LITTLE DOLL, CATCALLS) were supported on the prestigious film mentoring scheme, Guiding Lights; as was Writer Carmel Winters (SNAP, FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY).
Kate McCullough a leading Director of Photography who has worked on acclaimed Irish documentaries IT’S NOT DARK YET and THE FARTHEST recently contributed to the STI career spotlight series outlining her career progression which you can read about here. STI will continue to profile key female talent working in the industry as part of their Career Spotlight series.
We remain fully committed to supporting female filmmakers at all stages of their career development by providing women with access to a range of programmes and supports.
Image: FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, written and directed by Carmel Winters and produced by Martina Niland.