Speaking at the New Horizons Women in Irish Film Industry colloquium, held at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick,  James Hickey, CEO of the Irish Film Board;  spoke about creating gender equality in the Irish Film Industry. 

With International Women’s Day being celebrated worldwide on March 8 it is fitting that Mary Immaculate College is set to host a colloquium on March 3, 2017, entitled New Horizons Women in the Irish Film and Television Industries.

Last year’s hugely successful inaugural event, entitled Women in the Irish Film Industry: Moving from the Margins to the Centre, addressed the current under-representation of women in the Irish film industry. This year’s event, according to its organiser, Dr Susan Liddy, Media & Communications, MIC, will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners, representatives from funding bodies, broadcasters, professional guilds and voluntary organisations to lend their voice to the debate and produce an informed, robust and inclusive discussion on how best to develop and support women’s greater contribution to Irish film and television, going forward.

One of those voices will be the acclaimed Melissa Silverstein, a writer and speaker with extensive expertise in the area of women and filmmaking. She is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.  In addition, Melissa is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival, a four-day festival of inspiring films, documentaries, and shorts, committed to developing the next generation of talented screenwriters who are creating scripts with female leaders at their centre.