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Seminar on Documentary Film-Making to take place at the IFI on October 9
01 Oct 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Seminar will include screening and discussion of Mary Raftery’s ‘Behind The Walls’
“‘Are You Sitting Comfortably?’ Documentary Film Making: Ethics. Platforms. Challenges” is a day-long seminar featuring screenings and discussions which will take place in the Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street, Dublin 2 on Friday, 9th October from 10:30am to 5:30pm.

The event, produced by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund in association with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the Irish Film Institute and RTÉ, will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to watch relevant work, gain insights into the challenges today for experienced journalists and documentary filmmakers and a chance to examine their own practice and ideas in the context of the rapidly changing digital environment.

As the broadcast and funding climate evolves, with digital media creating new platforms for documentary journalism, and commercial pressures challenging filmmakers in how they fund their work, the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund aims to support journalists and filmmakers in ensuring journalistic standards are maintained.

Areas under discussion at the seminar will include the relationship between the filmmaker and the subject; ethics around the management of personal material by documentary makers; and the ‘authored’ documentary versus agenda-led film-making.

In the morning there will be an opportunity to see ‘Behind The Walls’ (2011), the final documentary series made by Mary Raftery. The screening will be followed by a discussion of the issues raised in the film, facilitated by broadcaster and journalist Miriam O’Callaghan.

The afternoon will see two panel discussions. The first discussion will be chaired by Olivia O’Leary and participants will include Christopher Hird (Dartmouth Films), Colin Murphy (filmmaker / journalist) and Janet Traynor (documentary filmmaker and journalist). The second panel discussion will be chaired by RTÉ’s Keelin Shanley and will feature Malachy Browne (Reported.ly), Dearbhla Glynn (filmmaker), Carl O’Brien (journalist) and Tom Warren (Buzzfeed UK).

For tickets and event details, see: www.ifi.ie/mrjf. Tickets (€5 per session / €10 for three sessions) are available from the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477 or www.ifi.ie/mrjf.

For further information, see: www.maryrafteryfund.ie.





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