Kerry Film Festival Launches Online Programme Of Events

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KERRY International Film Festival has launched their 2020 online programme today with a host of unique feature films, documentaries, animation, short film programmes and online industry events not to be missed.

In keeping with current Government guidelines surrounding Coivd19 and to maintain the safety of KIFF audiences everywhere, the festival recently opted to present an exclusively online event in 2020.

Movie enthusiasts everywhere can log on to from October 9 and pre book tickets for KIFF 2020 which will take place from October 15 – 18.

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Some of the highlights in this year’s programme include three low-budget directorial debuts from independent Irish filmmakers; Chris Aylmer (Go Get Davey), Allan El Atrash (Thursday’s Child) and Adam William Cahill (Follow the Dead).

Alongside a selection of new work, they also look back and celebrate the 15 year anniversary of Perry Ogden’s ‘Pavee Lackeen’, paired with Ciara Nic Chormaic’s ‘Skin + Soul’, which covers the work of Perry as a filmmaker and photographer.

They also have a host of exciting Irish and International Documentaries, including Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, Directed by veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin.

This documentary will be followed by a Making Waves in Irish Sound Design Panel and discussion.

In other workshops they are excited to work with Kerry’s Filmmaker in Residence Mieke Vanmechelen on a tailored screening of Un Film Dramatique and workshop specifically for young film enthusiasts in Kerry.

Speaking at the launch today, festival programmer Eibh Collins said; “We are clearly gutted that we are not able to meet all the filmmakers in the foyer of Cinema Killarney this year to share in the excitement of showcasing their work or to see the return of the loyal faces who have supported the festival over the past 21 years.

“However, I am extremely proud of the robust KIFF team for assembling such a strong event and grateful to the people of Kerry for their ongoing support during these challenging times. I am also so indebted to all the filmmakers, artists and creatives for having the guts to jump into the deep end of the unknown online festival world, just to be able to keep our film industry moving forward and our audiences entertained.”

The KIFF 2020 programme includes a vast selection of other panels aimed at new and established short filmmakers, covering the “How To’ of marketing and promoting a short film online.

This will also include a talk from one of Hollywood’s leading Public Relations agencies, Joshua Jason PR, who will present a case study on the ‘Path to the Academy Awards’.

In other short film content, we are excited to share a selection of over eighty shorts during the festival. While we are delighted to welcome returning work from KIFF veteran filmmakers and familiar faces, we also have an extremely exciting selection of skilled directing debuts from the future of Irish filmmaking. One of the most exciting elements of an online festival is our NON-geo blocked programme of short films, that will be shared with KIFF partnering festivals and International Irish Festivals, making sure the wealth of Irish talent and culture can continue to travel far and wide, even if we, the people, cannot. Lastly, our short films selection also sees the return of the Kerry Connection Best Short Film Competition and the Shorts for Shorties: Kids Animation Selection, among other highlights.

They will also pair up with Dublin Feminist Film Festival by screening a selection of six short films, including new work from Megan K Fox as well as three exciting features, Nia DaCosta’s Crossing the Line, Áine Stapleton’s Horrible Creatures & Vivienne Dick’s New York Our Time.

In the lead up to the festival, they will be sharing their Jessie Buckley Interview: The Maureen O’Hara Award recipient 2020 – In conversation with Esther McCarthy.

This will be free to view anytime from Friday, 9th October. Meanwhile, a selection of our 2019 Irish Winning films will be available to view on their  platform from Friday 2nd – 9th October, including last year’s hit Documentary Kilimanjaro Mama about Kerry teacher Louise Quill.

Upon pre-booking tickets from Friday 9th of October, screening will not be available to watch until the scheduled time and date.

Once rented audiences will have from the scheduled screening time until Monday 19th of October to watch their selected title(s), with the playback window of 36 hours. Prices start at €5 and competitively priced ticket bundles and season tickets are available.

For details on these screenings and more, please go to W: E: T: 086 4466305

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