Balancing the industry – The European Perspective
30 August 2017

Balancing the industry – The European Perspective

  • Friday 15 September, 9am - 2.30pm 
  • The Dean Hotel, 33 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
  • Tickets: SOLD OUT

Creative Europe Desk Ireland MEDIA and Women in Film and Television Ireland (WFT Ireland) present Balancing the Industry, a unique event looking at European strategies to achieve gender balance in the film and television industries. We bring some of the most reputable industry professionals including MEDIA supported European filmmakers to share best practice and provide a once-off platform to review gender balance in the industry.


  • 9.00am  Registration
  • 9.30am  Introduction: Orla Clancy, Creative Europe Desk Ireland
  • 9.40am  What Women Really Want: Helene Granqvist, Producer and President WFT Sweden, in conversation with Dr Susan Liddy.
  • 10.30am Brave New World: Gender equality in Sweden’s film industry, what does it look like and feel like on the ground? Panellists Sanna Lenken (Director), Soni Jorgensen (Screenwriter & story consultant) and Helene Granqvist (Producer). Chaired by director, Liz Gill
  • 11.30am Coffee Break 
  • 11.45am What it takes to go it Alone. Producer Katarina Krnacova will give a case study on the Slovak film Little Harbour and talk about her experience on working in the Slovak industry. Chaired by Orla Clancy
  • 12.30pm How it is in Ireland and how it could be. A panel discussion with the Irish Industry on the current situation here and on what we can take from the experiences of professionals in other countries. Panellists are Paula Heffernan (Element Pictures) Ailish McAlmeel (Deadpan Pictures), Tristan Orpen Lynch (Subotica), Lesley McKimm (IFB). Chaired by Martha O’Neill, Wildfire Films. 
  • 1.30pm Lunch and Networking

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Producer Helene Granqvist, President of WFT Sweden and former president of WFT Europe

As a film producer, Helen Granqvist has produced movies and television both documentaries and fiction. In 2011, she started the film production company, Nordic Factory, where she produced films such as  Granny's Dancing On the Table (2016) and documentary Gudrun. Helene is strongly committed to social issues about social development, gender equality, power, ethics and a sustainable society. She is a recurring writer in matters focusing on representation, gender equality and power in the Swedish film industry. Since 2010, she has been in the Board of Wift Sweden (Women in Film and Television). In Wift, she was involved in A-labeled, a rating system that puts highlights equal representation on the film screen. 

Director Sanna Lenken, director of the Berlinale Crystal Bear 2015 winner My Skinny Sister

Sanna Lenken, born in Gothenburg, studied film directing at the National Film School, Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm. Before starting with film she worked in theatre and film with casting and production. After graduating she directed the youth TV drama Dubbelliv which was screened in two seasons 2010-2012 on Swedish Television. Her short film Äta lunch (Eating lunch) 2013 was in competition in Gothenburg, Berlin and Tribeca and was nominated for a Guldbagge Award (Swedish Oscars). Her debut film My Skinny Sister (2015) premiered at Göteborg International Film Festival and had its international premiere at Berlinale where it won the Crystal Bear for best film in the section Generation. It was also screened at Toronto film festival and was nominated for best film, direction and script at the Guldbagge Award. Her last film Nattbarn (Night Child) a 39 minutes tv-movie was screened at Swedish Television in August 2017. 

Screenwriter Soni Jorgensen

Soni Jorgensen is a Swedish Writer and Script Consultant working for producers in Europe and USA. After receiving her training at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, she was a writer on several TV shows for Swedish Television. Her feature film, Happy End, was nominated for the Swedish Golden Scarab award. Soni has also worked as a consulting Script Executive, helping producers develop material with other writers. As a Script Consultant, Soni has worked on award winning projects, including the Swedish critical success,  As it is in Heaven, directed by Kay Pollak. In the US, Soni has worked with Brian Oliver (producer of Black Swan, Ides of March); the Academy Award winning Karen and Howard Baldwin (Ray) and Producer Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck). 

Producer Katarina Krnacova, will present a case study of the Berlinale Crystal Bear 2017 winner Little Harbour

Katarina worked on the short film THANKS, FINE by Matyas Prikler premiered at Cinéfondation at Cannes IFF, followed by Prikler’s feature FINE, THANKS premiered at IFF Rotterdam 2014 and SLOVAKIA 2.0. The EAVE graduate also worked on Mira Fornay’s MY DOG KILLER winning the Tiger award at IFF Rotterdam and a Slovak Oscar contender. Katarina is a Delegate Producer of LITTLE HARBOUR by Iveta Grofova awarded with Crystal Bear at Berlinale 2017. Currently she is developing two feature films and a TV series in her company, Silverart. 

Dr. Susan Liddy

Susan Liddy holds a BA in English and Philosophy from NUIG; a Graduate Diploma in Women’s Studies from the University of Limerick; an MA (Research) from the University of Limerick; an MA in Screenwriting from the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, NUIG; and a PhD from Lancaster University, UK. Her feature length screenplay, Reckless, was supported by the Irish Film Board and was developed with Blinder Films, Dublin. Her research interests include gender issues in script development and production process, female screenwriters and female voice, and the representation of older women in screen narratives. She is currently researching the experiences and narrative preoccupations of Irish female screenwriters and assessing the potential for affirmative action strategies in the Irish Film Industry.

Lesley McKimm, Irish Film Board

Currently a Project Manager in the Irish Film Board, Lesley McKimm has 25 years’ experience in the independent film and TV industry. Lesley set up Comet Film & TV in 1998 which she ran for 8 years, with credits including Any Time Now for BBC1, RTÉ 1 and the IFB. She joined Newgrange Pictures in late 2006, which she co-ran with fellow producer Jackie Larkin for 10 years.Lesley 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. She is also a founding member of Women in Film & TV Ireland and a former chair of the SPI Film & TV Drama sub-committee.

Director and producer Liz Gill

Liz Gill is a veteran First AD and the author of Running the Show: the Essential Guide to Being a First Assistant Director (Focal Press). She has worked in the US and Ireland on feature films for directors such as Todd Haynes, Barry Levinson, Kevin Reynolds and Aisling Walsh, as well as TV series including Vikings, Camelot, Amongst Women, and Ballykissangel. Liz is also a director of television drama (Raw, EastEnders, Hardy Bucks, The Clinic), IFTA-nominated documentaries and feature films (Goldfish Memory, Gold in the Streets).

 Producer Martha O’Neill, Wildfire

Having graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in Communications (Film Production), Martha worked her way through film production hierarchies from assistant directing to location management, production management and latterly producing. She served as a member of the Board of The Irish Film Board from 2001-2005, was a member of the Board of the Irish Film Institute and was its Chair from 1997 – 2002. She is a producer with Wildfire Films which produces quality, entertaining and informative television and feature documentaries, TV series and feature films, both for national and international audiences.

Paula Heffernan (Element Pictures)

Paula received a BSc in Communications from DIT and worked as a Production Manager in entertainment television prior to joining Element Pictures in 2007. Paula is Head of Production, which involves supervising Element’s production slate. She manages the early set-up of projects; arranging budgeting, scheduling, crewing, location recces etc, and oversees productions through shoot and post to delivery. Paula was Series Producer on continuing drama RED ROCK series 1 and 2, and Co-Producer on Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER.

Tristan Orpen Lynch, Subotica

Tristan Orpen Lynch is a leading international film and TV producer based in Dublin, Ireland. Through his company Subotica, established in 1998, he has produced and co-produced numerous productions in Ireland and internationally. Appointed by the Irish Minister for Arts, John O'Donoghue, Tristan served as a director of the Irish Film Board for eight years (2004-20012) the Irish government’s National funding agency. He worked on the Irish Government’s Creative Capital Report into the development of the Audiovisual industries in Ireland. He is a Film and TV drama committee member of Screen Producers Ireland and was nominated Irish ‘Producer on the Move’ at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival by European Film Promotions.

Ailish McAlmeel (Deadpan Pictures)

Ailish was head of production and co-producer for Grand Pictures, before forming Deadpan Pictures with Paul Donovan in 2014. Ailish is in post-production on a six part comedy for RTE 2 and BBC Worldwide written by and starring Alison Spittle. Their feature film, Halal Daddy, co-written by Mark O’Halloran and Conor McDermottroe, was released in 2017. Previously Ailish produced, Can’t Cope Won’t Cope, a darkly comic drama series for RTE 2, starring Seana Kerlsake (A Date for Mad Mary) and Nika McGuigan (Philomena). Can’t Cope hit Irish screens last Autumn 2016, sold recently to BBC and is with Content Media International for world sales. Deadpan is developing a feature film with BAFTA winning director, Neasa Hardiman, (Happy Valley and V).

This event is supported by the BAI Sectoral Development Fund.