Kathleen to receive the Maureen O’Hara honour

Kathleen Kennedy is currently producing several new Star Wars series and films

HIGHLY acclaimed film producer and current president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, is to be the recipient of the Maureen O’Hara award at this year’s Kerry International Film Festival.

The esteemed producer has participated in the making of over 70 films worldwide, including five of the 50 highest-grossing films in motion picture history.

She also co-founded the production company Amblin Entertainment with Stephen Spielberg and Frank Marshall and she has produced a wide range of top films such as ET, the Jurassic Park series, acclaimed historical dramas such as Munich, Lincoln, and Schindler’s List and three of the four celebrated Indiana Jones adventures.

She is currently producing several new Star Wars series and films, including the third season of the Emmy Award-winning The Mandalorian.

The Kerry Film Festival honour, offered exclusively to women who have excelled in film, will recognise her exceptional work in film and her outstanding contribution to the industry in general.

Due to Covid restrictions, the award will be presented via an online interview which will be available on the festival website and social media platforms from October 4.

The festival, which will run from October 14-17, will celebrate shorts, features, live film scores, emerging film talent and industry events. This year the event will host both an online and physical event in partnership with venues throughout Kerry, such as Cinema Killarney, Killarney Plaza Hotel and Siamsa Tíre, Tralee.