29 March 2023 The Irish Film & Television Network
Line-up Announced for IFI Spotlight 2019
02 May 2019 : News Desk
The IFI Spotlight, taking place on Thursday, May 30th, is one of the IFI’s key pillars in their mission promote critical engagement with Irish film and television culture.

Now in its seventh year, the IFI Spotlight 2019 presents a day of panel discussions, presentations and interviews gauging the current health of the Irish film and television industry. Filmmakers, funders, exhibitors, distributors and academics join the IFI in reviewing the Irish film and television output of the last 12 months, and look at burning issues facing the industry. The day provides an invaluable tool for considered consumption by students, practitioners and general audiences.

This year’s programme will review the year's film and television output, foreground a discussion on co-production practice, and finish with an end-of-term interview with the outgoing Chief Executive of Screen Ireland James Hickey, hosted by Hugh Linehan of The Irish Times. IFI Spotlight stands as one of the key pillars in IFI’s mission to promote critical engagement with Irish film and television culture.

Commenting on this year's IFI Spotlight programme, IFI Head of Irish Film Programming Sunniva O'Flynn said:

''This annual process of independent review contributes to accountability within the industry while fostering a healthy Irish film culture, an informed production community and a cine-literate audience. IFI Spotlight 2019 delivers on all these fronts."


WELCOME (10.30)

Opening address from Professor Margaret Kelleher. 

2018 IN REVIEW (10.40)

Dr. Roddy Flynn of DCU and Dr. Tony Tracy of NUIG will review the film and television output of 2018, considering the continuing presence of Irish talent on the world stage, discussing fresh new work in film and TV drama, and identifying new trends in feature film production.


Annie Doona, Chair of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, will provide an update on the success of recent funding strands introduced to achieve gender equity across film development and production. Stephanie Comey, Senior Manager, BAI, will update on BAI strategies towards improved representation by women across BAI-funded strands. Sunniva O’Flynn of the IFI will report on the IFI's F-rating and representation of female practitioners across the IFI programme. This session will be moderated by Dr. Susan Liddy, Department of Media and Communications, MIC, Limerick. 

LUNCH (13.00)


A timely investigation of Irish co-production practice providing an overview of international co-production opportunities for Irish producers; inward production of major TV dramas; extension of Section 481; and cultural viability of international co-productions. A range of panellists representing sectoral interest will include Siún Ní Raghallaigh, CEO at Ardmore Studios and Troy Studios; David Collins, Managing Director, Samson Films; Samantha Perahia MBE, Head of Production UK, British Film Commission; Steven Davenport, Inward Production Manager, Screen Ireland; and Fionán Higgins, Senior Supervisor, Windmill Lane. The panel will be chaired by Niall Murphy of Scannáin.


James Hickey will soon step down from his eight-year stewardship of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland. In conversation with Hugh Linehan, Arts and Culture Editor of The Irish Times, he will reflect on his tenure: on Screen Ireland’s contribution to the growth of the Irish film industry over the past ten years; the ongoing battle for retention of industry tax incentives; the highlights of his time at the helm and the areas he wasn’t able to develop as he would have hoped; and where he thinks the future focus of Screen Ireland needs to be as a new era dawns.

WRAP UP (15.45)

To book tickets or for more information on the event, visit the IFI website here

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