Women in Cannes

Women in Cannes
Anna Serner, Filminstitutet. Foto: Fredrik Sandberg/ScanpixAnna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute (Sfi) has been leading the way for gender equality on a global scale for at least the past five years and has become a sort of godmother to all the woman striving and thriving in Cannes.

She not only encouraged the collection of statistics of women filmmakers in Sweden and abroad which could then be used to calculate public funding to create parity but as been the preeminent global lobbyist. In 2016, 64% of the Sfi’s production funding when to female directors which means that from 2013–2016, Sfi funding was 50% female and 50% male. In 2017 the Sfi funding is expecte to be 40% for female directors.

50/50 by 2020 — Global Reach was held in Cannes for the second year, hosted by Sfi, Wift Nordic and the Marche and included talk with such filmmakers a Agnieszka Holland and Jessica Hausner, a presentation by
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Sweden hits 64% female director funding in 2016

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Sweden hits 64% female director funding in 2016
Exclusive: Sfi to host gender equality event in Cannes.

Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute and the pre-eminent global lobbyist on gender equality in film, has confirmed that in 2016, 64% of the Swedish Film Institute’s production funding went to female directors.

That means for the period 2013-2016, the Sfi funding was exactly 50% female and male.

Now, 2017 is the first year of its next four-year cycle that will end in 2020. Serner expects the percentage of funding to female directors by the Sfi this year to be 40%. But she added: “It can change, and that is totally accurate that we should be going up and down year by year. I’m happy with that.”

The Swedish Film Institute is for the second year in a row hosting a Cannes seminar about gender equality. 50/50 by 2020-Global Reach will be hosted Saturday (May 20) at 14.00 in Palais K by the Sfi, Wift Nordic and the Marche.

The talk will
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Irish Film Board, Bankside team on co-pro horror 'The Hole In The Ground'

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Exclusive: Lee Cronin’s feature debut casts rising talent Seána Kerslake in main role.

Bankside Films has acquired worldwide sales rights to Irish Film Board-backed horror film The Hole In The Ground.

Lee Cronin’s directorial debut will star rising local talent Seána Kerslake (A Date For Mad Mary) as a young single mother who is trapped between rationality and the unexplained as she becomes convinced her little boy has been transformed by something sinister from the depths of a mysterious sinkhole.

Kerslake had a minor role in Yorgos Lanthimos’ hit drama The Lobster.

The film will be produced by John Keville and Conor Barry of Irish production outfit Savage Productions, and co produced by Benoit Roland of Wrong Men in Belgium and Ulla Simonen of Made in Finland and is to be funded by The Irish Film Board with the participation of Head Gear Films.

Phil Hunt and Compton Ross serve as executive producers for [link
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Newport Beach Film Festival Expands Its Irish Cinema Program

This year, the Newport Beach Film Festival will again hold its Irish Spotlight and, thanks to last year’s successful program and the continuing support of Culture Ireland, 2017’s slate has been greatly expanded, with 10 features and 14 shorts on the schedule — with several filmmakers set to attend.

Over the past decade, nearly 60 Irish films have screened at the festival for more than 500,000 guests, making it a signature attraction that places a special emphasis on Irish cinema, cuisine and culture. “Through its Irish Spotlight event, Nbff not only provides a salient platform for these films to gain further international traction, but also affords California audiences an opportunity to view some of that country’s most promising and emerging talents alongside works by internationally renowned and prolific Irish filmmakers such as Jim Sheridan and Juanita Wilson,” says Irish Film Board CEO James Hickey.

Films at the showcase include “A Date for Mad Mary,
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Irish Film Board appoints Creative England executive to key role

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Irish Film Board appoints Creative England executive to key role
Exclusive: Room and Brooklyn backers appoint two project managers to drive development and production.

The Irish Film Board has made two key hires in the shape of Creative England senior film executive Celine Haddad and development executive and script editor Dearbhla Regan who are both joining the funding body as project managers within the production and development team.

Haddad and Regan will work alongside Lesley McKimm, who was appointed last September, to manage the slate of Ifb supported projects from development through to production and distribution.

The duo take over from outgoing project managers Keith Potter and Mary Callery.

At Creative England Haddad has worked on titles including God’s Own Country, Jawbone, Fly Away and Fanny Lye Delivered. She previously worked at Pathé, first as a creative executive and then as head of creative affairs.

Regan has worked as a development producer and script editor in film, TV drama and documentary. Her most recent
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Canada primed for Eurimages membership

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Eurimages’s Roberto Olla revealed the news during a Tiff panel.

Canada is expected to become the first country outside of the European continent to join the Eurimages Fund (the Council of Europe’s Cinema Support Fund).

The announcement was made by Eurimages executive director Roberto Olla during the Toronto International Film Festival industry panel Evolving Borders: Co-Productions & Europe at the Toronto Film Festival.

Following a lengthy discussion process, the application was made in Berlin earlier this year, and is now in its final phase. Member states of the fund must next unanimously accept the decision by the end of this year.

Canada would be the 38th country to join the European Cinema Support Fund, which would allow them to act as lead producer as opposed to third party producers.

As lead producer, the country would have more reciprocal opportunities, including European productions shooting in Canada and Canadian stories extending outward to Europe.

“27 years ago [before
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Ifb hires Lesley McKimm as project manager

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Ifb hires Lesley McKimm as project manager
Exclusive: Irish producer McKimm’s credits include My Name Is Emily and 1,000 Times Good Night.

The Irish Film Board (Ifb) has appointed Lesley McKimm as project manager in the outfit’s production and development team.

In the role, McKimm will manage part of the Ifb’s slate of supported projects across all genres from initial development stage through financing and market exploitation.

Boasting 25 years’ experience in the independent film and TV industry, McKimm has worked as a producer on feature films including Simon Fitzmaurice’s drama My Name Is Emily, Frankie Fenton’s documentary It’s Not Yet Dark, and as a co-producer on Erik Poppe’s war drama 1,000 Times Good Night.

Her TV credits include Ifta-winning mini-series Whistleblower and Dublin-set comedy-drama Any Time Now for the BBC.

McKimm will be taking up her new position alongside incumbent project managers Keith Potter and Mary Callery.

She is also a founding member of Women in Film & TV Ireland
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Irish Film Board Weighs In on a Charmed Oscar Year with ‘Room,’ ‘Brooklyn’

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Don’t chalk up the Irish Film Board’s record presence in this year’s Oscar nominations to plain old luck — the organization that invests in and nurtures Irish talent more than earned the recognition. As financial backers and advocates, the Ifb made a big splash with three nominations for “Brooklyn” (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan) and “Room” (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay ad Best Actress for Brie Larson). “We hadn’t quite realized how intense it would be,” said Ifb Chief Executive James Hickey. Also Read: 'Room' Star Brie Larson: 'I
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Ifb calls for funding increase to sustain Irish film success

Following a strong 2015 for Irish Film, the acting chair of the Irish Film Board has stated that funding must be restored to previous levels.

Annie Doona, acting chair of the Irish Film Board (Ifb), has stated that funding levels must be restored to previous highs, following a successful year for Irish film.

Doona noted that the budget provided to the Ifb by the Irish government has dropped 40% since 2008, meaning the current crop of successful Irish films will be hard to replicate in five years’ time.

Irish-produced titles such as Brooklyn, The Lobster and Room have garnered critical and commercial acclaim and look set to make an impact on the forthcoming major awards.

Brie Larson, star of Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, recently won the Golden Globe for best actress for her performance in the film, which also picked up the audience award at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

She is currently considered a favourite for the same
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'Star Wars 7' Reshoots Happening in Ireland This Month?

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'Star Wars 7' Reshoots Happening in Ireland This Month?
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens began production in the early part of 2014, we heard a great deal about shoots happening in Ireland at Kerry's Skellig Michael. The unique location was rumored to be used for a great number of things, including the home world of the Sith and Luke Skywalker's hiding place. But none of that has ever been confirmed. Today, we have word from Rte News that the production is heading back to Skellig Michael for reshoots. This is happening with less than 100 days before the long-anticipated sequel finally hits theaters this December.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphries confirmed earlier this week that LucasFilm had been granted permission to return to Skellig Michael. There are strict environmental and ecological conditions in place to ensure the production doesn't negatively affect the site or the bird life that inhabit the island. Skellig Michael is a Unesco world heritage site,
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Naoise Barry to Head Pinewood’s Production Services in Ireland

London — The Pinewood Studios Group has appointed Naoise Barry as head of production at Pinewood Productions Ireland, which services the group’s international clients shooting on location in Ireland. Pinewood is looking into opportunities to set up its own studio in the country.

Pinewood Productions Ireland is a full-service production company focusing on physical production administration, and application and packaging for Ireland’s production incentive, known as Section 481. Services range from pre-production budgeting and location scouting, through facilities rentals and talent and crew sourcing.

Barry, who will take up his new position in mid-August, is film commissioner for the Irish Film Board, where he has worked for the past 14 years.

Ifb chief executive, James Hickey, commented that Barry had “played an enormous role in attracting international production to Ireland.” He added that Barry had set up two “very important and influential networks,” which were the Film Dublin Partnership and the Network of Regional Film Offices.
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New Tax Breaks Hope to Lure Hollywood Productions to Ireland

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New Tax Breaks Hope to Lure Hollywood Productions to Ireland
Ireland’s new tax breaks under “Section 481″ are aimed at luring Hollywood film and television productions overseas, Arts Minister Heather Humphreys announced on Thursday.

Under the new guidelines, which kicked in on Jan. 1, the definition of an “eligible individual” has been extended to include non-e.U. talent. Essentially, this inclusion is meant for those stars currently living in the Los Angeles area to find their way to the Emerald Isle.

“This will boost the attractiveness of Ireland as a destination for film investment, and brings us into line with the U.K., and other countries in Europe,” Humphreys said, according to The Irish Independent.
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Les Arcs panel tackles piracy

Copyright infringement and piracy protection was a point of focus at this year’s Les Arcs Film Festival.

Centred around the legislative proposals due to the European Commission and European Parliament within the next six months, members of the film industry came together in Les Arcs (Dec 13-20) to discuss the options in moving forward as a united European front.

Les Arcs CEO Pierre Emmanuel Fleurantin reiterated that the panel is very important, and that “the goal is to create a common platform for the European film industry and the European Commission so that both parties can help (and not fight) the copyright issue.”

He further pointed out that those that were proposing the laws were not connected to the film industry so it was important to educate and make (cohesive) views known from the industry’s perspective.

Speaking on the panel were Virginie Roziere (Eurodeputy Groupe Ps Français), Cécile Despringre (Society of Audiovisual Authors), Carole Scotta (Independent
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Les Arcs celebrates diverse crop of Ireland films

Les Arcs celebrates diverse crop of Ireland films
The Lobster [pictured] is presented as case study in co-production market.

The sixth edition of the Les Arcs European Film Festival turned its focus on Ireland with an aim to celebrate its cinematic beauty and history, and in turn, its filmic opportunities.

While the festival’s co-founders Guillaume Calop and Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin mentioned in an opening statement that this year had seen a persistent crisis within the European Union (EU) and a loss of confidence in its benefits, Geraldine Byrne Nason (Ambassador of Ireland to France) commented that “things were looking up for Ireland, and that the festival had clearly captured the essence of arts and culture that is very important for the EU.”

The festival’s ‘Irish Focus’ programming included 14 films, including older favourites such as John Crowley’s Intermission, Jim Sheridan’s In the Name of the Father and Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins to more recent movies like John Carney’s Once, Alicia Duffy’s [link
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Galway awarded Unesco status

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Irish city becomes fifth in the world to be awarded permanent status of Unesco City of Film.

Galway has become the fifth city in the world to have been awarded the permanent status of Unesco City of Film.

The status brings the highest internationally recognised standard of excellent in the creative industries to Galway and the titles of Creative City of Film also includes membership of Unesco’s Creative Cities Network. Galway joins its twin city of Bradford as a designated City of Film.

Mayor of Galway, Cllr. Donal Lyons, commented: “The designation of Galway as a Unesco City Of Film will, of course, add to and enhance our international status as a creative city and will be enormously beneficial to our bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2020. Galway is now recognised internationally for our quality of artistic work and engagement, which is testament to all those working in this creative vibrant and lucrative film and
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Irish low-budget scheme reveals winners

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Winning projects announced for the Irish Film Board low budget dilmmaking scheme, Catalyst Project.

The Irish Film Board has revealed the final three teams of the competitive Catalyst Project initiative, selected from more than 88 applications bidding to win the opportunity to produce a fully funded feature film.

Ifb will now provide each filmmaking team with funding to produce a low-budget feature film, with access to industry experts who will offer mentorship and guidance along the way.

The successful projects are:

Kissing Candice written and to be directed by Aoife McArdle and to be produced by Andrew Freedman;

The Drummer and The Goalkeeper written and to be directed by Nick Kelly and to be produced by Kate McColgan;

Without Name written by Garret Shanley, to be directed by Lorcan Finnegan and to be produced by Brunella Cocchiglia.

Ifb chief executive James Hickey said that a “great reservoir of talent came forward” during the application stage and “the strength
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Irish Film Board and RTÉ2 Team Up For New Irish Feature Series

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The Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hEireann have teamed up with RTÉ2 to announce a series of Saturday night slots of Irish feature film screenings to broadcast on the channel. To mark the new partnership, RTÉ2 will screen the television premiere of the hit film The Hardy Bucks Movie, directed by Mike Cockayne with finance from the Ifb, which was released to huge box office success in Irish Cinemas last year. James Hickey, chief executive of the Ifb, said this of the partnership, "Irish movies have proved very popular when broadcast on Rte. This partnership underlines RTÉ2's and the Ifb's commitment to showcasing the best of Irish talent, ensuring Irish audiences have an opportunity to view a wide range of Irish feature films. I'd also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Rte on the launch of the newly launched RTÉ2". Other films to look forward to in the series,
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Bird experts worry that 'Star Wars' shoot is interrupting breeding

Bird experts worry that 'Star Wars' shoot is interrupting breeding
Denizens of the Star Wars galaxy aren’t the best stewards of their environment. The empire once blew up an entire planet (sorry, Alderaan); there’s fan speculation about the fate of the Ewok ecosystem after the second Death Star explodes during Return of the Jedi. (Spoiler: It doesn’t look good.) And let’s not even consider the emissions impact of pod racing.

But as J.J. Abrams and crew prepare to shoot episode VII, it looks like the damage might come closer to home. The Guardian reports that Irish wildlife conservationists have raised concerns about plans to shoot the
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Ireland Lures More Productions With Bigger Tax Breaks, Better Facilities

Last year, Ireland announced that it was upping the ante in the global contest for international film and TV shoots by increasing its tax incentive to 32% beginning next year. But production incentives alone do not a film industry make, as Irish Film Board chief exec James Hickey is quick to point out.

The increase in Ireland’s tax incentive, Section 481, and other changes, such as a broadening of the eligible spend covered by the tax credit to include the fees for Hollywood talent, will give Ireland one of the most generous production environments in the world. Its existing incentive, which stands at 28%, is already pretty attractive to foreign producers. Total production activity reached the highest level on record last year, pumping €168 million ($233 million) into the Irish economy, an increase of 18% on 2012 and 42% on 2011.

High-end TV drama production has seen a huge rise with spending increased from $38.8 million in 2011 to $112 million last year,
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Les Arcs picks 2014 guest country

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Ireland is to be the country of honour country at the Les Arcs European Film Festival later this year.

The sixth edition of the festival, set against a backdrop of the Fench Alps, is to be held this year from Dec 13-20.

The event will be held in partnership with the Irish Film Board.

Artistic director Frederic Boyer said: “We are very happy to focus our energy and attention on Ireland for the next edition of the festival.

“Each year our festival offers a venue for national cinematography. The insight on Irish cinema will be a wonderful occasion to discover new local talent and showcase work from more established directors”.

Irish Film Board CEO James Hickey said: “Irish producers are very active European co-production partners.

“Les Arcs has recognised this and its focus on Ireland will highlight the strength and depth of Irish film and the creative talent working in the Irish industry.”

Festival co-creators
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