Positive approach will see festival proceed

Kerry International Film Festival chairperson Grace O’Donnell (left) with Kerry screenwriter Ailbhe Keogan and Kerry County Council Arts Officer Kate Kennelly

WITH countless festivals, celebrations and events being cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns, the organisers of one annual Kerry celebration believe it is far enough away to allow it to go ahead as planned.

The Kerry International Film Festival will be held from October 15-18 next and submissions are now being invited.

Despite the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, the festival board has liaised directly with various stakeholders, partners and government officials and they have made a positive decision to proceed and continue to provide a platform to showcase new and emerging talent in the film industry,

“In these uncertain times, it is impossible to predict exactly how the festival will be rolled out but a unanimous decision was made that KIFF 2020 will be taking place this October, with modifications made in accordance with government protocol and guidelines,” said festival chairperson Grace O’Donnell.

Head of Programming Eibh Collins

Depending on government criteria and direction, events will be presented either in the current format, if people are permitted to gather as normal, or alternatively as an online event.

“In spite of the ongoing uncertainty in the current climate, we felt that it is important to proceed with the festival this year in order to remain positive and to showcase our support of film and the arts whilst also keeping the spirit of our festival alive,” Grace said.

The rebranded festival has launched a new website to coincide with their opening of 2020 submissions. Now celebrating its 21st year, the Kerry International Film Festival celebrates shorts, features, documentaries, live film scores and other industry events and it is listed as one of the top 100 festivals in the world on Film Freeway where it currently holds a five-star rating.

The very experienced and creative Eibh Collins will resume her position as Head of Programming this year. Formally  manager of IndieCork and Irish Film London, she is the short film programmer for the Oscar-qualifying Galway Film Fleadh and the deputy director for Irish Screen America.

All submission details and general information are available on: www.kerryfilmfestival.com or wwww.filmfreeway.com/KerryFilmFestival.

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