Reels rolling for Kerry Film Festival

Grace O’Donnell (left) and Ailbhe Keogan of the Kerry Film Festival with Kerry County Council Arts Officer Kate Kennelly (right)

THE organisers of the Kerry International Film Festival are inviting film and script submissions for the 22nd festival will take place from October 14-17 with the deadline set for August 23.

The festival is long established for its celebration of documentaries, features, shorts, live film scores and industry events and it was recently named in the top 100 best reviewed festivals on FilmFreeway as well as currently ranking in the top 1.5 per cent of over 10,000 festivals in the world.

Despite the impact of Covid-19, the festival organisers remain optimistic that there will be a physical element year along with the recently expanded online platform. The festival is looking forward to presenting an exciting and dynamic festival in and to supporting and showcasing existing and emerging talent within the film industry.

Festival chairperson, Grace O’Donnell, remarked: “We look forward to engaging with our valued audiences and local partners and we look forward to welcoming and supporting emerging talent and industry professionals this year and beyond”.

As part of the festival’s overall strategic environmental policy, the organisation recently joined forces with Tralee Rotary Club to plant 4,000 trees in Castlegregory Nature Park. The trees were purchased from the Trees on the Land, a cross-border initiative working to establish young native trees across the 32 counties.

Festival board member, Ailbhe Keogan, said: “On the environmental front, we felt it is important to give back in a meaningful way and to make a practical difference, even if on a small scale. We developed this project to showcase our awareness and commitment to the promotion of a greener environment”.

For information on how to be a part of KIFF 2021 visit: https://filmfreeway.com/KerryInternationalFilmFestival.

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