24 September 2023 The Irish Film & Television Network
New partnership between TG4 and Women in Film and Television Ireland announced at Galway Film Fleadh
17 Jul 2023 : News Desk
TG4 & WFTI Partnership
TG4 announced a new partnership with Women in Film and Television Ireland during this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

The announcement coincided with the premiere of two TG4 feature documentary films at the Galway Film Fleadh that were directed by female creative talent. Ó Bhéal, directed by Ciara Nic Chormaic and produced by Mind The Gap Films, had its Irish premiere in the Pálás Cinema on July 14th, while Croíthe Radacacha, directed by Ciara Hyland and produced by her company Wonder Pics, had its world premiere on July 15th.

During the festival, TG4 hosted an event to celebrate female creative talent at this year’s Fleadh. Speaking at the event, Director General of TG4 Alan Esslemont said: “TG4 is delighted to enter this new partnership with WFT Ireland.  I have long made the parallel between the vision for gender equality and the vision for language equality in Ireland.  TG4 stands for an Ireland in which both women and Irish speakers are enabled to play their full role in a diverse and pluralistic society.  Since our launch in 1996, strong female role models for the audiovisual industry have emerged from our staff and from our broadcasts.  By working closer with ‘Women in Film and Television Ireland,’ we intend to ensure that TG4 continues to innovate and pioneer in order to establish the conditions needed to enable female creative leadership to flourish in Ireland”. 

Dr Susan Liddy, chair of Women in Film and Television Ireland and incoming president of Women in Film and Television International, is enthusiastic about WFT Ireland's new partnership with TG4. “I’m delighted to welcome TG4 to Women in Film and Television Ireland! TG4 has long been committed to gender equality, in front of and behind the camera as well as in its workforce and leadership. We wholeheartedly support Irish language filmmaking and have been exceptionally enthralled by recent successes including ‘An Cailín Ciúin’ and ‘Róise & Frank’. We know that TG4 is working with exciting Irish female talent and we look forward to spotlighting the great work that is being done.” 

Director Ciara Nic Chormaic : Ó Bhéal 
Ciara Nic Chormaic is a filmmaker based in Dublin. Her most recent feature documentary Ó Bhéal looks at how hip-hop artists are drawing on the rich tradition of sean-nós, poetry and the Irish language as a source of inspiration. The film is produced by Mind the Gap Films for the ilDÁNA scheme, and co funded by The Arts Council, An Chomhairle Ealaíon.  In 2022, Ciara directed Clouded Reveries/Aisling Trí Néallaibh, an intimate exploration of acclaimed writer Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s world and creative process. The film was funded by The Arts Council and TG4 through ilDÁNA and was screened in cinemas throughout Ireland. In 2020 her debut feature documentary on the life and work of the iconic fashion photographer Perry Ogden, entitled Skin+Soul was the recipient of the Reel Art Award and premiered at the Dublin International Film Festival in 2020. Fashion as art, is a theme which she returns to again and again in her work and prior to making Skin+Soul she wrote, directed and produced a documentary series entitled Snáithe (Threads) for TG4 exploring identity, patronage and perception in the story of Irish fashion, which featured as part of an exhibition in the Fashion and Textiles Museum in London in Summer 2018. Prior to becoming a director she was an award-winning producer for over fifteen years. 

Director Ciara Hyland: Croíthe Radacacha 
Ciara Hyland is a highly experienced writer and filmmaker. Hyland is passionate about the visual, cinematic telling of stories that impact emotionally and tell us something about the world we live in today. Her feature documentary Croíthe Radacacha/ Radical Hearts focuses on several same sex relationships between radical women and celebrates the ‘love that dares not speak its name’ found at the heart of the Irish Revolution. In 2021, she made Forgotten: The Widows of the Irish Revolution on the wives and children of the leaders of the 1916 Rising and what happened them after their husbands and fathers were executed. Women hold up half the sky and yet they are often forgotten about when it comes to history. Ciara’s interest in uncovering forgotten voices from the past also led to her writing and directing Cogadh ar Mhná/ a War on Women in 2020. It broached a taboo topic for the first time – the issue of sexual abuse during the Irish Revolution. Using the witness testimony that women who experienced it left behind, it showed that this was perpetrated by all sides in the conflict. Other documentaries that she has directed for TG4 and RTÉ cover topics as far ranging as hunger strikes, epidemic diseases and political history. She writes fiction whenever she can and in a previous life was a Script Supervisor on drama productions. 

Women in Film and Television Ireland (WFT) is the Irish chapter of a global organisation -Women in Film and Television International. WFT is a voluntary body led by screen industry professionals of international standing. Its board members represent the creative, business, educational and technical divisions of the Irish screen industries. WFT is passionate about fostering an inclusive environment and empowering talented women to thrive in their respective roles. 

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