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IN ATTENDANCE: Mags Kissane with her son Thomas McGuire and Aileen Garvey (KIFF) pictured at the launch of this year's Kerry International Film Festival yesterday evening (Thursday). Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

22nd Kerry International Film Festival launched


Yesterday evening (Thursday) the official opening of the 22nd Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) took place at Randles Hotel, Killarney.

This year’s festival is taking place October 14 to 17 and presents a blended film festival that promotes and showcases film and filmmaking talent across 15 in-person physical events and 30 online screenings.

KIFF’s opening night screening featured 'Death of a Ladies’ Man', starring Gabriel Byrne, and this year, the festival will close 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.

"We are delighted to be able to bring KIFF back onto the big screen with Cinema Killarney as our main venue," Eibh Collins, Festival Director, said.

"We are also thrilled to be returning to Tralee for our closing night film, which will screen at Siamsa Tíre. 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."

Some of the online programme highlights include KIFF’s three new themed strands. The ‘Something's Not Quite Right’ Strand, KIFF’s Environmental strand presented by Irish actor Jack Reynor, and KIFF’s All Abilities strand.

KIFF will be presenting Something's Not Quite Right, a series of screenings showcasing this genre that includes a selection of horror and psychological thrillers, including Irish and Irish-US co-production 'The Yellow Wallpaper', 'Bring out the Fear', 'Save me from Everything' and 'Gateway'.

KIFF is excited to announce that Irish actor Jack Reynor is KIFF’s newly appointed Green Ambassador. He and the programming team have put together a daily online selection of international environmental documentaries that highlight the challenges our environment faces today, including 'Hell or Clean Water' (Canada), 'Uni Yama Aida' (Japan) and 'Walk the Tide Line' (Finland).


Amongst these highlights is a film programme to celebrate the festival's new All Abilities submission field, dedicated to promoting the lives, stories and artistic expression of people with different abilities and disabilities. This selection includes Irish and International fiction and documentary shorts and the feature documentary 'Only I Can Hear'.

KIFF recently announced esteemed producer, Kathleen Kennedy, as the 2021 Maureen O'Hara winner. She is an eight-time Academy Award-nominated film producer and president of Lucasfilm (ET: The Extra Terrestrial, Indiana Jones, Star Wars). Kennedy also oversaw the rebirth of the Star Wars Universe including the most recent trilogy which showcased Kerry to legions of film fans the world over. Audiences can now log online to view a special ‘In Conversation’ interview with Kennedy which his is hosted by producer Rebecca Flanagan (Smother, Handsome Devil) and is currently available on

As always, Kerry Talent is the star of the show, as they have two programmes of Kerry Connection short films and KIFF are honoured to support Kerry writer Katie McNiece’s feature 'Who We Love’, directed and co-written by Festival alumni Graham Cantwell.

These films and more will be in the running for the prestigious KIFF awards. The winners will be announced on Sunday at the KIFF Awards Brunch in JM Reidy’s.

KIFF was delighted to recently announce Kerry Airport as its title sponsor for 2021 and they are very grateful to be working with them alongside other key partners including The Arts Council, Kerry County Council, The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA), Randles Hotel Killarney, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, The Plaza Hotel Killarney, Tower Records, Kerry Broadband, JM Reidy’s as well as a wealth of local Kerry businesses.

Tickets, pre-booking and festival passes are now available to purchase at:

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Status Orange Weather Warning for Kerry

Met Éireann has issued two weather warnings for Kerry on Wednesday, 27 September, A Status Orange warning for heavy and intense rainfall is in place from 9am to 3pm while […]




Met Éireann has issued two weather warnings for Kerry on Wednesday, 27 September,

A Status Orange warning for heavy and intense rainfall is in place from 9am to 3pm while a Status Yellow warning for strong and gusty winds is in place from 7am on Wednesday to 12am on Thursday.

Possible impacts and disruptions include difficult travelling conditions, localised and coastal flooding, power outages, fallen trees and branches and poor visibility.

Kerry County Council is advising members of the public to prepare for severe weather on Wednesday and to ensure that items vulnerable to high winds are stored away. The Council is also advising motorists to travel with extreme caution on Wednesday and to expect surface water and spot flooding on all routes.


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World Rally Champion Phil Mills’ Killarney visit

Former World co-driving champion Phil Mills will be one of the guests of honour at a special Killarney and District Motor Club event next month. The club is celebrating Prodrive’s […]




Former World co-driving champion Phil Mills will be one of the guests of honour at a special Killarney and District Motor Club event next month.

The club is celebrating Prodrive’s association with the Rally of the Lakes on October 14.

The legendary British motorsport preparation firm was responsible for building some of the most iconic associated with the local rally.

The celebration, which will raise funds for the Jack and Jill Foundation, will be hosted by the voice of Irish motorsport Alan ‘Plum’ Tyndall.

Welshman Mills, who won the 2003 World Rally Championship, alongside Petter Solberg has confirmed his attendance at the Killarney Racecourse-based event.

He is just one of many superstars attending the showcase.
“Accompanying the stars will be a collection of iconic Prodrive machinery, ranging from the BMW E30 M3, all the way through to the Subaru Group A and World Rally Cars the 1990s and early 2000s,” said Killarney and District Motor Club vice chairman and organiser Mike Shea.

“All proceeds of this event will go directly to the Jack & Jill foundation helping provide support and special care to children across the country and is a once in a lifetime event.”

This event is in association with: Lyons of Limerick; C.Wharton Tool Hire Ltd; BG Motors Ltd; Castleisland Tyre Centre; Aherns Motor Group; Reen’s Rathmore Peugeot; KC Print and Moriarty’s Central Car Sales


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