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Kerry International Film Festival launches 2020 programme online

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Kerry International Film Festival has today (Friday) officially launched its 2020 online programme. Celebrating its 21st edition, the programme includes an array of unique feature films, documentaries, animation, short film programmes and online industry events not to be missed.

In keeping with current Government guidelines surrounding COVID-19 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 www.kerryfilmfestival.com from October 9 and pre-book tickets for KIFF 2020 which will take place from October 15 – 18.

“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,” Festival Programmer Eibh Collins said at the launch today.

“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.”

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, we 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. Both filmmakers will join us for a pre-recorded discussion about their work.

“We 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 we 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.”

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 80 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, KIFF 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.

“We are also thrilled to be able to pair up with Dublin Feminist Film Festival. Like many other arts organisations DFFF had to cancel their 2020 plans, so we are honoured to be able to support them 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’, and  Vivienne Dick’s ‘New York Our Time’.

While we can not all be together physically at this time, the KIFF team will still provide selected filmmakers with as much as time and support as possible, including giving them an opportunity to talk about their work. Hence, more panels, Q&As, and talks will be announced over the coming two weeks.”

THE JESSIE BUCKLEY INTERVIEW

In the lead up to the festival, KIFF will be sharing the Jessie Buckley Interview: The Maureen O’Hara Award recipient 2020 - In conversation with Esther McCarthy. This will be free to view anytime from Friday, October 9. Meanwhile, a selection of their 2019 Irish winning films will be available to view on their platform from today (Friday) to October 9, including last year's hit documentary ‘Kilimanjaro Mama’ about Kerry teacher Louise Quill.

“KIFF continues to strive to be as inclusive and accessible as possible and in support of this aspect of the festival, we have several open and close caption options, as well as audio description titles and subtitled Q&A and talks where possible.”

Upon pre-booking tickets from Friday October 9, 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 October 19 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 www.kerryfilmfestival.com.

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By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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Traffic calming on the approach to Killarney Athletic

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club. “We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic […]

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Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club.
“We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic Calming at this location,” a council spokesperson told a recent Municipal District meeting. “
It is expected to brief the members at the next Municipal Meeting [in March]. From the records of the Road Safety Authority, no incidents have been recorded at this location.”

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