WFT in association with the 28th Galway Film Fleadh presented a special panel on creating a stronger voice for women – when writing, casting and auditioning – on the Saturday, July 9th of the 2016 edition of the festival.
Panelists included International and Irish talent Screenwriter Kirsten Smith who co-wrote Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You and Ella Enchanted, casting supremo Louise Kiely, screenwriter, playwright and actor Stefanie Preissner (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope) and actor Seána Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary).
On the event, Anne Marie Naughton former WFT Board Member commented : ‘We are delighted to have the opportunity to hold such an important discussion as part of this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. Taking small steps collectively can make a difference – starting with the writers and the roles they create, everyone then has a part to play in strengthening a unified voice.”
Women in Film and Television Ireland is a voluntary body run by film and TV professionals of international standing, representing the creative, business and technical divisions of the Irish audiovisual sector. We promote greater representation of women on screen and behind the camera. Our aim is to ensure that the Irish film and television industry functions as a meritocratic, sustainable and successful force into the future.