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Women in Cannes

6 June 2017 7:11 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

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 »

- Sydney Levine

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Sweden hits 64% female director funding in 2016

19 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- (Wendy Mitchell)

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

12 May 2017 3:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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

20 April 2017 8:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

8 March 2017 12:06 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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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