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Online film festival will still be the reel deal

Festival programmer Eibh Collins said the robust KIFF team has assembled a strong event

THE programme of events for the 21st Kerry International Film Festival, which was launched at the weekend, includes unique feature films, documentaries, animation, short film programmes and online industry events.

In keeping with current government guidelines surrounding Coivd-19, and to maintain the safety of audiences, the festival opted to present an exclusively online event in 2020 but movie enthusiasts everywhere can log on to www.kerryfilmfestival.com from October 9 to pre-book tickets for KIFF 2020 which will take place on October 15-18.

Festival programmer Eibh Collins said the robust KIFF team has assembled such a strong event and those involved are very grateful to the people of Kerry for their ongoing support during challenging times.

Some of the highlights in this year’s programme includes three low-budget directorial debuts from independent Irish filmmakers, as well as a number of exciting Irish and international documentaries.

Kilimanjaro Mama Louise Quill working with children in the Tir na nÓg orphanage in Tanzania

KIFF 2020 will also host a number of online workshops specifically for young film enthusiasts and the festival will feature over 80 short films, including the Kerry Connection Best Short Film competition and the Shorts for Shorties: Kids Animation Selection.

The festival team will also host a number of question and answer sessions this year in support of up and coming talent within the industry.

The recipient of the prestigious Maureen O’Hara Award, gifted Killarney star Jessie Buckley, will be interviewed by Esther McCarthy for a free-to-view event anytime from Friday.

Meanwhile, a selection of 2019 Irish winning films will be available to view on the KIFF platform from October 2-9, including last year’s hit documentary Kilimanjaro Mama about Kerry teacher Louise Quill.

Upon pre-booking tickets from Friday, screening will not be available to watch until the scheduled time and date. Prices start at €5 and competitively priced ticket bundles and season tickets are available.

For details on the screenings and more go to www.kerryfilmfestival.com.

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