Ireland’s Feminist Film Festival was at the end of August 2014. ALL PROFITS WENT TO SASANE, Nepal (helping victims of sex trafficking and gender violence).

We’re just starting to plan the 2015 FESTIVAL – see the ‘Festival News’ page for more info.

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came and supported the festival and made it such a great success!

And a massive thanks to all the many people who helped to make it happen and volunteered their time and energy to the project. We are blown away by people’s generosity and kindness. A special thanks must go to film-maker Vivienne Dick and artistic curator Annie Lynott for making Sunday evening so special. Also to the people on the film selection panel who offered their amazing cinephile brains for picking, all the folks who helped over the weekend, everyone who helped with promotion and logistics, and the lovely staff of the the New Theatre.



Saturday August 30th & Sunday August 31st, 2014

The New Theatre,
43 Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
(Beside the Project Arts Centre, through Connolly Books)

Photo credit: Kate Nolan

Some media coverage from 2014

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You might ask why we need to promote and celebrate women in film (great film makers, great female characters etc). Well, here’s some food for thought…

*Of the top 2,000 biggest grossing films over the past 20 years…

  • Women accounted for only 13% of the editors, 10% of the writers and just 5% of the directors
  • More than three-quarters of the crew have been men, while only 22% were women
  • Visual effects, usually the largest department for big feature films, had an average of only 17.5% of women, while music had just 16%, and camera and electricals were, on average, 95% male

**In the top grossing films of 2013 women accounted for…

  • 15% of all protaganoists
  • 29% of major characters
  • 30% of all speaking parts
  • The majority of female characters were in their 20s (26%) and 30s (28%). The majority of male characters were in their 30s (27%) and 40s (31%)
  • A higher proportion of male than female characters had an identifiable occupational status. 78% of male characters but only 60% of female characters had an identifiable job/occupation
  • Female characters were more likely than male characters to have an identifiable marital status. 46% of female characters but 58% of male characters had an unknown marital status

* Source: British producer and writer Stephen Follows’ July 2014 report 

**Source: Center [sic] for the Study of Women in Television and Film
San Diego State University (Research document: It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World: On-Screen Representations of Female Characters in the Top 100 Films of 2013 by Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D. 2014)

NOTE: Anywhere and everywhere that we mention ‘woman/women’ we mean anyone who identifies as a woman.

Concept and content: © Copyright Karla Healion 2014.


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