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Festival celebrated all aspects of film making

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By Michelle Crean

Aine Morarty, Amy Huberman and Sophie Shrestha at Kerry Film Festival over the weekend.

Sarah Connellan, Joanne Hagerty and Grace O'Donnell.

 

Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) presented over 30 events in Killarney and Dingle and the team - who announced award winners over the weekend - were overwhelmed with the level of interest and support they received.

Over four days there was huge number of attendees at screenings, events and KIFF industry talks as well as via the phenomenal support the festival received from local businesses, hoteliers, sponsors and supporters.

KIFF 2022 received the largest number of film submissions to date which resulted in a dynamic programme that attracted audiences, filmmakers, industry talent and film enthusiasts from near and far. The festival was delighted to host a selection of sold-out screenings across the four days of the festival, including the powerful and moving opening film 'Tarrac'.

"This was by far our biggest festival to date, and we are so grateful to the Kerry and Irish film community for coming out in droves to support the festival," Programme Director, Eibh Collins, said. "We look forward to seeing everyone back next year for KIFF 2023, from October 19 – 22."

HIGHLIGHT

A highlight of KIFF 2022 was the presentation of the Maureen O'Hara Award to this year’s recipient, actress and writer, Amy Huberman which took place at Randles Hotel Killarney on Saturday. The presentation of the award was followed by a very special event ‘In Conversation with Amy Huberman’ which was hosted by the CEO of the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA), Áine Moriarty. Amy brought her usual charm, wit and intelligence to the interview and the audience were treated to a truly memorable evening of chat, film and fun.

The IFTA Networking Event in association with Screen Kerry took place at The Plaza Hotel Killarney on Friday. Hosted by IFTA CEO and KIFF Board member, Áine Moriarty, the event highlighted the new opportunities for Kerry and the film work undertaken with the support of Screen Kerry and Kerry County Council. Guests from the world of film and television, as well as a variety of Kerry businesspeople, attended the event to highlight film business opportunities. Siobhán O’Sullivan, Kerry ETB Film Development Officer, gave a vibrant presentation outlining the current film productions shooting in Kerry and the key elements on building the screen sector throughout the county.

"It has been wonderful to see ‘Tarrac’ and ‘Joyride’ released to the big screen," Siobhán said.
"Both films were shot on location in Kerry and prove the potential that exists to attract many more film productions to the county."

Additionally, Locations Manager and KIFF Board member, Karl King, who worked on projects such as 'Joyride' and 'The Crown', also gave an informative presentation on the benefits and opportunities presented by Kerry as a filming location.

AWARDS

The KIFF 2022 awards ceremony took place on Sunday in The Great Southern Hotel, Killarney. The ceremony celebrated all aspects of film making and the awards were presented to a number of outstanding film makers, directors, script writers and producers. Basil Sheerin, Kerry Airport Ireland, presented the Taking Flight Award, celebrating emerging talent in film, sponsored by Kerry Airport, to this year’s worthy recipient Laura O’Shea and the Best of Kerry Award went to Jessica Courtney Leen who wrote, directed, and acted in her remarkable short film ‘Not My Sister’.

This year’s Trua Award went to Film Producer and Programmer, Mira Oyetoro who curated an original program of Ukrainian films titled ‘BE BRAVE LIKE UKRAINE’. After the awards ceremony Pat Shortt showcased his directorial debut via his short film, ‘Warts & All’ at the screening cinema room at The Great Southern Killarney. This was followed by a Q&A with Pat Shortt and producer Lee Crowley.

WINNERS

1. KIFF 2022 Maureen O’Hara Award – Amy Huberman
2. BEST OF KERRY - Not My Sister. Director, Jessica Courtney Leen
3. BEST INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE SHORT - WanderLand, Director, Nicole Pott
4. BEST ANIMATION - Before Her Body Left, Director Yuxin Yang
5. BEST STUDENT SHORT - Sucking Diesel, Director Sam McGrath
6. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - Don't Go Where I Can't Find You, score by, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garett Sholdice, known as Ergodos
7. BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - And Still I Sing, Director Fazila Amiri
8. BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT - My Name Is Joseph, Director Sean Murray
9. BEST IRISH NARRATIVE SHORT - Burn It All, Director, Jack Hickey
10. BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE - Lakelands. Directors, Robert Higgins and Patrick McGiveny
11. SCREENWRITING AWARD - At the Foot of a Mountain, At the Edge of the World - Eoin Joseph Duncum. Special Recommendation, Sleeper by Gavin McClenaghan
12. TRUA AWARD - Film Producer and Programmer, Mira Oyetoro
13. TAKING FLIGHT, RISING TALENT AWARD, supported by Kerry Airport - Laura O’Shea

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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