Women Run the Screen event at WANDA

By 30 October 2018News & Events
Wanda Belfast

WANDA will be be joining forces with Film Hub NI to launch their new initiative for young film programmers. Women Run the Screen will be a mentoring programme facilitated by Film Hub NI. Young women (18-30), who wish to learn more about programming and exhibition will be assisted by more experienced members of the sector to deliver a tour of NI members.

As part of Women Run the Screen, our very own Board Member, Karla Healion will be joining an impressive panel of Ireland’s top female festival programmers where they’ll be going over the great work they do championing women and their role in cinema.


Programming will adhere to F-Rating standards (already adopted by QFT) within our parameters of British, independent and specialised film.

WANDA strives to bring a diverse and engaging programme with a feminist edge to audiences in Northern Ireland. Because this is their passion, they’ve invited film programmers from the UK and Ireland to Belfast to discuss their passion and the reasons why it’s so important that women are engaged in film and exhibition culture. They’ll be discussing their beginnings as programmers, film programmes they have exhibited in the past and the reasons behind their creative choices.

Programmers often spend most of their time championing others’ work, so this is a very rare and exciting opportunity to hear from women working as programmers in the field today.

They will be joined by:

  • Karla Healion has a background in media, having worked in print publishing for many years, but more recently graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Masters in ‘Film Studies’ (her thesis was on female subjectivity and she finished with a grade equivalent to a first). Karla has directed and edited two shorts, with a third in development. At the moment she is on the Board of Women in Film&TV Ireland and Office Manager at Deadpan Pictures. She was also recently Production Executive and Outreach Producer with independent Irish production company Still Films, and has worked on various shorts and features including Lost in France (Niall McCann, 2017), Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect (Mark Noonan, 2017) and Frida Think (Maya Derrington, 2018). Karla was the founder and director of the Dublin Feminist Film Festival for four years, and has been involved in many grass roots, artistic and feminist campaigns including ‘alternative history’ walking tours, reconstructing derelict sites for public use, and reappraising forgotten works by women.
  • Roisín Geraghty is a film programmer and producer based in the west of Ireland. She has worked with various film organisations in both Ireland, the UK and the US, including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, GAZE LGBT Film Festival, the Galway Film Fleadh, Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) and Tribeca Film Festival. Over the past number of years, she has worked with the Irish production company Roads Entertainment, as a Production Coordinator and Manager on films including AFTER THE DANCE (2014), BEING AP (2015), and SONG OF GRANITE (2017). She produced the feature documentary WE ARE MOVING – MEMORIES OF MISS MORIARTY (2016) and the Screen Ireland funded short film TAKE ME SWIMMING (2018) with Award Winning Director Claire Dix. She is currently post-production with the Irish Arts Council-funded short film FIVE LETTERS TO THE STRANGER WHO WILL DISSECT MY BRAIN with director Oonagh Kearney, and developing the feature film SUNLIGHT with Claire Dix and screenwriter Ailbhe Keogan, which is being developed under the Screen Ireland POV Female Creative Talent scheme.
  • Alice Butler is a film programmer, curator, writer and co-director of aemi, a Dublin-based organisation that supports and exhibits artists’ moving image. For six years, Alice was responsible for artist moving image programming at the Irish Film Institute. She programmes regular screenings at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and has presented at IMMA, Project Arts Centre, PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image, IFI, Galway Arts Centre among others. She is curator of ‘The L Shape’, an exhibition featuring the work of Jenny Brady and Sarah Browne (The Dock, 15 September – 3 November 2018). As a writer, Alice has contributed to Sight and Sound, SET Magazine, Paper Visual Art, Enclave Review, VAN, EFS Publications and CIRCA. She is also a regular arts reviewer for RTÉ Radio One’s Arena, and recently completed a survey chapter on the work of filmmaker Pat Murphy (due for publication in 2019).
  • Sophie Brown is a film programmer and writer. With a specialism in non-fiction cinema, she is a programme advisor for the BFI London Film Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest, views documentaries for Sundance Film Festival, and has written for outlets including Dazed & Confused, Little White Lies and Sight & Sound. She has also worked on projects with the British Council Film Team, coordinating international programmes and tours. Her personal programming projects – under the banner Bijou Electric Empire Forever – explore lost treasures, underground voices, alienated perspectives and the rebels of cinema. They have included a nationwide tour of the films of Shirley Clarke, a very rare cinema screening of Point Break, and developing Brighton’s Scalarama programme.

The event will be chaired by former Head of QFT, Susan Picken.

For more information about Women Run the Screen, please visit WANDA’s site, and don’t fotget to check out this inspiring programme.