Kerry Film Festival And Kerry Airport Partnership Takes Flight

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Kerry Airport CEO John Mulhern with Kerry scriptwriter Ailbhe Keogan (left),Irish Film and Television Industry CEO Áine Moriarty and Kerry Film Festival Chairperson Grace O’Donnell. Photo by John Walsh

KERRY International Film Festival (KIFF) has announced their new headline sponsor partnership with Kerry Airport.

Running for its 22nd year, the festival will take place October 14 – 17.  Speaking at the launch of the partnership, CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern said; “The Kerry International Film Festival is a highlight of any calendar. How could Kerry Airport resist the opportunity to partner with KIFF and with them celebrate both renowned and emerging talent in their craft. We look forward to October with much anticipation”.

To celebrate Kerry Airports invaluable support, KIFF have introduced The Kerry Airport Take Flight Award.

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This award will recognise up and coming new talent in the film industry and is a welcome addition to the festivals coveted awards, which also includes The Maureen O’ Hara Award, The Best of Kerry award, The Best Irish Narrative Featureaward, amongst others.

Speaking about the partnership, Board Chairperson, Grace O’ Donnell, said: “The team at KIFF are very excited about the collaboration with Kerry Airport. Kerry Airport is the gateway to Kerry and we feel KIFF is the gateway to film in the county.  We look forward to working with CEO of Kerry Airport John Mulhern along with his team at the airport to make KIFF one of the most important film festivals in the World and to continuously support Kerry as a destination.”

Script writer and Kerry native, Ailbhe Keogan is also a board member of KIFF. Her latest script Joyride, featuring Oscar winning actress Olivia Coleman was recently filmed in Kerry this summer with some scenes being filmed in Kerry Airport.

Speaking about the importance of Kerry Airport from a film makers perspective, Ailbhe said: “Personally, as a film-maker, I’ve been grateful to Kerry Airport for many years now. I’ve travelled abroad to make important connections and brought these collaborators home to Kerry. Partnering with Kerry Airport enables KIFF to do likewise; to make meaningful connections with an international film community so that we can offer the richest festival we can”.

KIFF is going from strength to strength despite the challenges that came with Covid 19. Last year the festival went exclusively online due to Covid restrictions, as a result KIFF gained over 17,000+ live streams throughout the four days of the festival.

Additionally, KIFF is included in the top 100 film festivals in the world where it has gained a 5-star rating and they are Ireland’s fourth biggest festival. This year, KIFF 2021 were delighted to receive the highest number of submissions in the festival’s history.

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