Dublin Feminist Film Festival 2019
Dates: 22nd August - 24th August 2019
For the last five years, Dublin Feminist Film Festival has screened features, documentaries and shorts from around the world. We’re proud to have brought to the screen films directed by women from Argentina, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Canada, Turkey, and other countries far and wide. It’s all part of our mission to showcase and celebrate female filmmaking in all its many forms. No national cinema in the world has anything close to parity when it comes to female filmmakers. And while each country has its own unique set of conditions, even those that are actively promoting and supporting female filmmaking are far from finding equal footing. Sweden, for example, a country that very actively promotes female filmmaking and which has the highest proportion of women-directed films of any in the world, saw roughly 38% of its films directed by women in 2016.
Ireland is no different. Despite a high-profile and highly active push to increase the number of films directed by women here, the number continues to hover around 20% in any given year. We have a relatively young national cinema, and, as our timeline shows, women’s participation in the industry has developed in fits and starts. But even with growing vocal demands for inclusion and Screen Ireland’s important and admirable 2017 gender parity plan, 20% remains far too low a number.
With that in mind, DFFF 2019 is happy to present a season of Irish Female Filmmakers. This year we have dedicated the festival to highlighting the incredible work that these women are doing – across genres and filmmaking formats. Despite the cultural and institutional barriers that still exist – in production and distribution – women in Ireland are directing a wide array of films that are funny, moving, frightening, heart-warming, and often inspirational. These are films that deserve to be seen, talked about, and seen again!
Moving forward, we will continue to support and promote films directed by women from around the world – in fact, this year’s shorts programme remains international in scope – but for now, let’s sit back and enjoy the fantastic cinema landscape being created by Irish women.