Breaking Barriers – Gender Diversity in Film and TV

Special Panel Discussion
Saturday 9th, 12.15pm, Mall Arts Centre

How do we ensure that all voices are heard regardless of gender? Last year, First Cut! engaged with the urgently relevant issue of gender equality in the film and TV industry by inviting a panel of female filmmakers to discuss the rewards and challenges of being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field. This year, we are expanding the dialogue around inclusivity by inviting a panel of female and male film professionals to address this issue. As a festival for young people, we are committed to encouraging people of all genders to engage with film in an open spirit of diversity.

The panel includes:

Oonagh Kearney
Oonagh has written/directed nine award-winning shorts and one full-length documentary. She recently made her TV debut on RTE as writer-director of On The Hemline. Her work has screened at hundreds of festivals and institutes. Based in Cork, Oonagh’s practice engages with female rites of passage, movement and bodies. Her latest film Five Letters To The Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain premiered at Cork Film Festival and won Best Irish Short.

Shaun O’Connor
A multi award-winning filmmaker, writer and photographer. Most recently, Shaun directed Mary, produced with the support of the Irish Film Board’s Short Stories initiative. Shaun is also currently directing his first play, Primal, in the Cork Arts Theatre.


Megan K. Fox
Megan is a writer/director of shorts, music videos and TV. Her films have won over a dozen awards, screened in programmes at the BFI and Barbican Centre, broadcast on global channels including Lifetime TV, and earned nominations for the Young Directors Awards and Kinsale Sharks. The Shift won Best Cork Short at Cork Film Festival, and her upcoming film Cailín Álainn secured Kerry Arts Council funding.

Elena Horgan
A filmmaker from Cork. She has just graduated from four years of study at the National Film School, Ireland. Her latest short film, Skin Hunger, has been screened at festivals both worldwide and at home in Ireland. She hopes to continue developing her craft in New York, where she plans to move in the new year.


Daniel O’Connell
Daniel is Practitioner in Residence in Film and Screen Media (UCC) and has earned an MRes in Film & Screen Media, with a thesis titled Body Horror Revisted supervised by Dr Gwenda Young. He recently collaborated with her on Movie Memories, a Creative Ireland/UCC funded project exploring memories of cinemagoers in rural Cork. He is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been screened at festivals locally and internationally.

Anne-Marie Green (Moderator)
Anne-Marie worked as a news journalist for more than a decade in RTE television as well as many years experience in local, national and international radio. She is now based in West Cork making film documentaries. Anne-Marie also lectures in Cork Institute of Technology in Journalism and Television Production.