I was lucky enough to join the Young Critic programme at this year’s Dublin International Film Festival. While working with the team there, I began hearing whispers about the Her International Film Festival and it greatly intrigued me. After speaking to a number of fellow critics who were involved with the festival, I jumped at the opportunity to join the festival as a member of the jury.

The motivation of the festival is to encourage, support and promote women in film, from all over the world. Most of the headlines when it comes to women in film have been about protecting women from the threats the industry poses. Progress is being made there, but this has gone some way to cloud the incredible work women have created in this time.

From Celine Sciamma virtuosic masterpiece Portrait of the Lady on Fire telling a story of forbidden love between two women in 18th century France, to the harrowing troubles of living about the poverty line in Sarah Gavron’s Rocks. There are so many amazing female-led project which are of such a high quality but fail to make a mark in the cultural zeitgeist.

I believe that HERIFF can make a difference, by creating a platform for thousands of women to promote their work. For their work to be selected by members like myself on the jury to screen during our festival. It is the mission to HERIFF to create these opportunities and I am more than happy to play my part.