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Plans announced for Irelandís First Screenwriting Festival
20 Apr 2021 : News Desk
Dublin International Screenwriting Festival
The Dublin International Screenwriting Festival organisers are assembling local and international screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, actors congregate to share ideas, build lasting relationships, hear pitches and inspire its audience.

Some of the attendees include renowned screenwriter and script consultant, Mary Kate O Flanagan and interviews with highly successful screenwriters including Derry Girls’ Lisa McGee; Smother’s Kate O’Riordan; Love/Hate’s Stuart Carolan, and the renowned Irish author and screenwriter, Roddy Doyle.

Virgin Media has come on board to support the Panel on Diversity in Storytelling, which will be moderated by screenwriter and actor, Mo O’Connell. Mo will examine how screenwriters can embrace diversity in storytelling in a way that is meaningful and creative rather than a box-ticking exercise. Panellists include Grainne Bennet, Screen Skills Ireland; Adaku Ezuedo, Phoenix Rize;  Rosaleen McDonagh, Screenwriter;  Aisling Byrne, Screenwriter;  Mark Smith, Actor; and John Fox, Doctors.

“These last few years have brought huge change in terms of the recognition for the need to represent a more diverse society in our screen stories,” said Gavin Ryan, DISF Co-Festival Director. “But the important issue is how to do this in a way that is meaningful and creative rather than simply tokenistic or box-ticking. We hope this panel can help continue and move forward the discussion in a way that will inspire the stories yet to be written.”

On Thursday 22nd April at 1pm, Screenwriter and Script Consultant, Mary Kate O’Flanagan,  will moderate a discussion about What Funders & Commissioning Editors Look For In A Story. Panellists will include Deirbhile Ni Churraighin, TG4; Virgin Media’s Director of Programming, Bill Malone; Alan Moloney, Parallel Films; and Andrew Byrne, Screen Ireland. O’Flanagan aims to spotlight the people on this panel who have the dauting task of what gets made and what doesn’t.

"We're delighted Virgin Media has come on board as sponsor of the ‘More Than Just A Buzzword panel on diversity in storytelling,” said DISF Festival Director Daniel Hegarty.  “Their support will help us open up this important discussion to as wide a screenwriting audience as possible."

Events are free to registered participants and attendees are encouraged to donate to listed charities in lieu of paying for a ticket as a way of paying it forward.

Niamh O’Driscoll, Head of Brand and Marketing at Virgin Media said: Representing diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our sponsorship strategy and featured throughout the hugely successful Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, which delivered so much creativity and existing to our screens, nationwide and worldwide.”

“We were also delighted to support the Virgin Media Discovers Short Film Competition, together with Screen Ireland, where two winning projects will be produced and air nationally on Virgin Media Television,” O’Driscoll added.

The Dublin International Screenwriting Festival is sponsored by Screen Skills Ireland and Griffith College, and supported by The Writer’s Guild of Ireland, Screen Producers Ireland, and Film Network Ireland.

Click here to find out more about the Dublin International Screenwriting Festival.

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