‘Kilimanjaro Mama’ Wins Best Feature Film At Kerry Film Festival

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Louise Quill and children from the Tír na nÓg orphanage..

FOLLOWING a sell-out premiere at Killarney Cinema on Saturday evening and a standing ovation as the credits rolled, things got even better for some Kerry based filmmakers.

Director Malcolm Willis and Producer Brian Hurley along with film crew were astonished when they were informed their feature documentary “Kilimanjaro Mama” was shortlisted for two awards as part of the twentieth Kerry International Film Festival.

Before the night was over it was revealed that they won Best Feature Film. Kilimanjaro Mama is an hour long documentary featuring  Louise Quill from Tralee.

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Throughout the film Louise tells us the story of why she decided to set up Tir na nÓg orphanage in Africa, what drives her and the impact it has had on her own health and wellbeing.

Documenting the journey from Ireland to Tanzania, this is the story of one woman’s sheer dogged determination to give the children of Kilimanjaro the best possible chance to overcome the tough life they have been dealt.

Director Malcolm Willis stated: “This is our home festival and it was very special having all the hardworking crew with us on the night, it’s a small team of people who worked extremely hard to make this. This film shines a light on the amazing children of Tir na Nog orphanage and the inspirational woman behind it all, Louise Quill.”

Following the win producer Brian Hurley commented: “This was an amazing and unexpected accolade. We were thrilled with the support at the premiere but to have also won Best Feature Film is unreal. All involved in Kerry International Film Festival should take a bow for putting together a world class event and thank you for allowing us to be part of it.”

The award winning documentary film will now be entered into a select number of film festivals nationally and internationally and the filmmakers plan to secure a television broadcast in the coming months.


  1. Julia Stewart-Gissy says:

    Congratulations to all involved and especially to Louise Quille. Well done.

  2. Tir na nOg

    Land of youth
    Forever young
    Children’s laughter
    Children chatter
    Babies second chance
    With Mama’s who dance
    Love and kindness
    Will surrounds us
    smiling faces
    Running races
    intelligent babies
    Living happy
    Looking for a home
    No longer alone
    See the love
    A gift from above

    By Glynn Sinclare
    15th October 2019

  3. Matty O'Leary says: