We are delighted to announce Carmel Winters as our very special guest at the Women in Contemporary Irish Film Symposium at University College Cork. The Department of Film and Screen Media at UCC had the great honour of working with Carmel during her year as the inaugural UCC/Arts Council Film Artist in Residence in 2014-2015, and we are thrilled to be welcoming her back for a screening and discussion of her award-winning film Float Like a Butterfly (2018). Most importantly, within the context of this Symposium, we are delighted to host Carmel as a filmmaker whose work has powerfully confronted themes of humanity, of female resilience, and of women’s social and familial experiences.
Carmel Winters is a multi-award-winning story-teller and a writer/director of bold and compelling drama for stage and screen. Her latest film Float Like a Butterfly won the prestigious FIPRESCI Discovery Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival (2018) and the Audience Award for Best Film at the Cork Film Festival (2018). Garnering national and international praise, the film has been described as “a road movie that uses boxing as a tonal ingredient [and] a mode of feminist expression” (Irish Times), as “a standout film that tells a unique story” (Film Ireland), as “exuberant… a gloriously unruly collision of vivid romanticism and tough, unsentimental truths” (Screen International). Her debut feature film Snap (2010) was critically acclaimed as “a masterclass in storytelling” (Hot Press), picking up a host of accolades at international festivals, including Critic’s Choice (Karlovy-Vary), Best Film (Montevideo), and Best Film and Best Director (Dublin Critic’s Circle at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival) awards.