PHOTOS: Kerry International Film Festival Opens In Killarney

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Julie Jay, Eibh Collins, Declan McSteen, Grace O’Donnell, Philip Doyle and Ailbhe Keogan at the opening of the Festival. Photo Michael Kenny

THE official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) took place last night at The Randles Hotel, Killarney.

Celebrating its 22nd edition, this year’s festival is taking place from October 14-17 and will present a blended film festival that promotes and showcases film and filmmaking talent across 15 in person physical events and 30 online screenings.

Speaking at the opening Eibh Collins, Festival Director said; “We are delighted to be able to bring KIFF back onto the big screen with Cinema Killarney as our main venue. We are also thrilled to be returning to Tralee for our closing night film, which will screen at Siamsa Tíre.

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“Running parallel to the in-person programme, we have a robust and exciting online programme streamed from the KIFF website to audiences’ devices-of-choice. KIFF endeavors to ensure that those who cannot travel, or those who are not yet ready for travel in the current phase of the pandemic, will still be able to enjoy the best of Kerry International Film Festival from the comfort of their own homes.”

KIFF’s opening night screening featured Death of a Ladies’ Man, starring Gabriel Byrne, and was showcased in Cinema Killarney.

The festival will close at Siamsa Tíre with the Irish Language feature Foscadh (Shelter), which recently won Best First Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh. Foscadh was also recently selected by the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) as Ireland’s entry to the Oscars®’ Best International Feature Film category for the upcoming 94th annual Academy Awards.

For more on the festival schedule, tickets, pre-booking and festival passes check out

Mieke Vanmechelan, Aine Moriarty, Grace O’Donnell, Julie Jay, Kate Kenneally and Ailbhe Keoghan at the Festival opening. Photo Michael Kenny 


Mieke Vanmechelan and Jimmy White at the opening of the Festival. Photo Michael Kenny

Declan McSteen and Phillip Doyle at the opening. Photo Michael Kenny

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