Dr. Susan Liddy lectures in the Department of Media and Communication Studies in MIC, Limerick for her day job! She has published extensively on the screen industries and is especially interested in equality and diversity issues.
Susan is President of Women in Film and Television International and Chair of Women in Film and Television Ireland. She is a board member of the Writers Guild of Ireland, Raising Films Ireland and the Irish Film Institute. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the National Talent Academy Film and TV Crew South and the Mid-West Film and TV Training and Education Group. She regularly organizes and contributes to debates about the Irish screen industries nationally and internationally.
Aoife is Director of Dublin Feminist Film Festival and an arts professional with over 16 years experience in venue, theatre, event, festival management as well as curation and programming. Aoife has programmed for Kerry Int Film Festival, Flying Broom Women's Int Film Festival Turkey and Reykjavik Feminist Film Festival. Previous roles have included Audience Development Manager, Box Office Manager, Gallery Manager for dlr Mill Theatre Dublin, Stage Manager for various independent theatre productions, Production Manager Féile an tSolais/Festival of Light, Independent Visual Arts Curator and more recently production roles for Netflix and Subotica.
Céline Roustan has been a curator and champion of short films for over half a decade, programming and writing for the popular website Short of the Week, passionately promoting directors and their respective films. Currently a programmer at SXSW and the Palm Springs ShortFest, she has previously been on the programming teams of the Toronto International Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Dublin International Film Festival. She has attended several international film festivals and markets as a jury member or an industry speaker, guiding filmmakers toward their paths of further success. In 2022, she joined French production company Films Grand Huit and is now handling the distribution of their films.
Vanessa is an award winning Producer / Director / Writer and Head of Department Film + Media and the National Film School, IADT. She has a Masters in Screenwriting (First class hons) from the NFS and a BA in Media & Communication and English. Vanessa has received five IFTA nominations including as writer / director of The White Dress, as producer in the Feature Documentary category for Dambé – The Mali Project , John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man, as Producer / Director of The 34th – A history of Marriage Equality in Ireland and as part of the team that made the IFTA winning 1916 The Irish Rebellion. She is a former Vice-Chair of Women in Film & TV Ireland and served on the board for three years.
Aisha Bolaji is a Nigerian-Irish filmmaker currently specialising in fiction direction and producing at the National Film School, IADT. In 2022, Aisha was a member of WEFT Studio, a POC artists group run by the Dublin Fringe Festival as well as Writers Room, a scheme developed by Writers Guild of Ireland. Aisha has varying experience within film curation and programming working for festivals such as CHROMA International Film Festival, Her International Film Festival, NOISE Flicks Youth Film Festival, Dublin University Film Festival and Dublin International Film Festival. Her passions reside in arts activism and advocating for meaningful representation both in front of and behind the camera. She is co-founder of the GALPAL Collective an arts and media collective dedicated to the celebration and cultivation of community for young ethnic minorities, women and queer people within Ireland.
Shane is a Secondary School Teacher at Crescent College Comprehensive Limerick and a Catalyst Board Member. Within his own school he is Arts and Culture Officer and amongst other initiatives leads up the Student Film Club.
BEST IRISH SHORT FILM: Rachael Moriarty, Paddy Breathnach
BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY: Ursula Rani Sarma, Frank Berry
BREAKTHROUGH FILMMAKER: Jade Jordan, Paddy Slattery
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT: Dr Zélie Asava, Dögg Mósesdóttir
Are you passionate about film, equality, diversity and inclusion? Would you like to get involved in 2023's festival? Over the 3 days we will need volunteer runners, front of house personnel and reps. Drop us a line indicating what you would be available to help out with.