The IFI will present its sixth annual IFI Spotlight seminar, a day-long focus on Irish film and television production, distribution and broadcast. This year’s programme will have a particular emphasis on experimental film and gender equality in Irish film and television, with a broad range of speakers and panellists throughout the day.
IFI Spotlight is our annual event, now in its sixth year, where we dedicate a full day to focus on Irish film and television. This year’s edition promises to be one of the most engaging yet, as filmmakers, critics, academics and audiences review the Irish film and television output of the last 12 months, and look at important topics facing the industry today. The event offers a considered reflection and review that is essential for the development of a healthy Irish film culture.
Commenting on this year’s IFI Spotlight programme, IFI Director Ross Keane said, ‘
IFI Spotlight has become a key part of the IFI’s annual talks programme, providing a much-needed neutral space to discuss Irish film, television, and some of the pressing issues facing the sector. This year’s event promises to be particularly current and relevant, as we not only look back on output through 2017, but also discuss the changing landscape of cinema production, exhibition and consumption in light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.’
As in previous years, the day is split into morning and afternoon sessions. The day opens with a rigorous academic review of film and TV output in 2017, conducted by Dr Roddy Flynn (DCU) and Dr Tony Tracy (NUIG). This will be followed by a panel arguing the importance of cinema as an exhibition site for artists’ experimental film; the panel will include artist Jesse Jones and Christine Molloy of Desperate Optimists.
After lunch, there will be a catch-up on the IFB/BSÉ funding strands introduced to achieve gender equity in 2017, plus a check-in with the BAI and IFI on existing gender equality initiatives.
The day will conclude with a panel on artistic expression in the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp, which will address topics such as the merits and repercussions of artistic censorship cultural boycotts, and where the line needs to be drawn with artistic expression. This panel will include Tara Brady, film critic of The Irish Times, David O’Mahony, Head of Cinema Programming at the IFI, and will be chaired by journalist Hugh Linehan.
Tickets for IFI Spotlight 2018 are now available from the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477 and from http://www.ifi.ie. Admission to either the morning session or the afternoon session costs €5 each, with an all-day ticket available for €8. A special lunch deal will also be available from the IFI Café Bar.
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