Mindshift: Redressing Gender Equality in Screenwriting
Starts: Tues 22 Nov 2016
Time: 10.30am – 4.00pm
Duration: 1 Day
Cost: €15 / €10 (IWC Members) | Bookings via Eventbrite
As if breaking into screenwriting isn’t enough of a challenge, gender inequality is commonplace in the film industry. This professional development day, supported by Words Ireland, is aimed primarily at women writers who are interested in writing for film or television, or in having their existing work adapted for the screen.
Experts will cover:
- writing for film and TV in Ireland
- the under-representation of women in writing and directing film
- the Irish Film Board’s new policy initiative on gender
- adaptation: the creative process
- adaptation: the contract process
David Kavanagh (CEO, Writers’ Guild of Ireland), screenwriters Lauren Mackenzie and Juanita Wilson; writer/director Marian Quinn, and writer/academic Dr. Susan Liddy, as well as London based agent Julian Friedmann.
*NB: Event is free for members of The Writers’ Guild of Ireland but tickets must be pre-booked via Eventbrite.
This event is kindly supported by Words Ireland and The Writers’ Guild of Ireland.
10:45: Overview of Writing for Film and Television in Ireland – Writing for Performance: what work is available; how do you get it and how much does it pay? (Presentation David Kavanagh & Cliona Ruiséil; Q and A).
11:30: Under-representation of Women Writers and Directors of Feature Films in Ireland – A summary of the current situation in terms of the lack of funding opportunities for women writers of film (Presentation David Kavanagh and discussion on why this differs when it comes to writing for publication, with Valerie Bistany / Amy Herron)
Discussion about how gender inequality manifests and the consequences for female writers and directors of film (Lauren Mackenzie; Marian Quinn).
12.15: The Irish Film Board’s New Policy Initiative in Relation to Gender – How the initiative came about; the Guilds, WTF etc. The Film Board’s 6-point plan and how it is going so far. How the Guilds and the EAC are pushing for change. (Presentation Dr. Susan Liddy)
14:00: Adaptation – the creative process – Practical advice on the steps involved in choosing and adapting work for film. (Juanita Wilson in conversation with Lauren Mackenzie)
14:45: Adaptation – the business – What to be aware of in terms of contracts; option agreements; payments, etc. (London based agent Julian Friedmann)
15:30: Q and A