Exciting film festival is ready to roll

Irish Language feature Foscadh (Shelter) recently won the best first feature at the Galway Film Fleadh

LOCAL talent will be showcases at this year’s Kerry Film Festival which has been scheduled for October 14-17 with the reels ready to roll in Killarney.

Two programmes of short films with Kerry connections will feature including writer Katie McNiece’s Who We Love, directed and co-written by festival alumni Graham Cantwell.

These films and more will be in the running for the prestigious KIFF Awards with the winners to be announced on Sunday, October 17 at a festival brunch in wonderful setting of JM Reidy’s on Main Street.

Now in its 22nd year, the blended film festival will promote and showcase film and film-making talent across 15 in person physical events and 30 online screenings.

Festival Director Eibh Collins, Festival Director said all involved are delighted to be back on to the big screen with Cinema Killarney as the main venue with the closing night film to be screened at Siamsa Tíre in Tralee.

“Running parallel to the in-person programme, we have a robust and exciting online programme streamed from the festival website to audiences’ devices-of-choice. We will endeavor to ensure that those who cannot travel, or those who are not yet ready for travel in the current phase of the pandemic,  still be able to enjoy the best of Kerry International Film Festival from the comfort of their own homes,” she said.

The festival will open on Thursday, October 14 with Death of a Ladies’ Man, starring Gabriel Byrne and it will close with the Irish language feature Foscadh (Shelter), which recently won the best first feature at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Foscadh was also recently selected by the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) as Ireland’s entry for the upcoming 94th Academy Awards.

The festival will also feature an exciting selection of new Irish shorts feature films, Indie and low-budget film-making.

Irish actor Jack Reynor is the festival’s newly appointed green ambassador and he has helped to put together a daily online selection of international environmental documentaries that highlight the challenges the environment faces.