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Kerry International Film Festival’s first online event a massive success

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The Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) has just completed its 21st Edition, and are proud to announce that it has been one of their most successful years of celebrating film to date.

Despite facing their most challenging year thus far due to COVID-19 restrictions, KIFF has been overwhelmed by the immense support and interest gained, not only at a local level, but also both nationally and internationally.

To ensure the safety of KIFF audiences everywhere during an international pandemic, KIFF chose to present an exclusively online festival from October 15 -18. Shifting to a fully digital programme was a new process for KIFF and it presented some interesting challenges along the way, however, a state-of-the-art festival was successfully delivered due to support from local business, the determination of a remarkably dedicated team, and via the invaluable backing from key funding partners such as The Arts Council, Kerry County Council and Creative Ireland. As a result of going entirely online, KIFF are delighted to say that they have reached a wider audience base and have grown interest and participation in the festival far beyond The Kingdom.

"We are overjoyed with the positive feedback we have received on every level this year,"
General Manager of KIFF, Sean Mulchinock said.

"Filmmakers, audiences, sponsors and local businesses alike have all come out in support of KIFF 2020. This support has made a significant difference to us as a festival and it reiterates the value that people place on KIFF, both regionally and nationally. We are privileged to be associated with all of our supporters and we cannot thank them enough for boosting up our festival, particularly during these challenging times."

TRUA AWARD

As well as presenting an online film festival for the first time, KIFF 2020 also saw the introduction of their inaugural TRUA award, an award that celebrates compassionate filmmaking that promotes positive change. The recipient of the 2020 TRUA Award went to 'This Land'. Upon receiving the award, Director, Zithelo Bobby Mthombeni said he "wanted to start a conversation".

"I wanted to get people talking, not only about how people in Ireland have suffered racism but also the positive impact immigration has had on Irish culture, whether that’s through food, music, media or activism. It was also an opportunity to talk about how Ireland’s culture has changed in the last 10 years. The creative community in Ireland is quite inspiring right now, and it is important to showcase what we in Ireland have to offer in terms of talent and diversity."

Due to the immense success of KIFF 2020, the team are already making plans to incorporate a permanent digital element to the festival going forward. However, they are also excited to have the opportunity to work with partners in October 2021 and to welcoming audiences back to physical screenings. Whatever the future may bring, KIFF have showcased that they are here to stay and that they are dedicated to delivering their bespoke festival to worldwide audiences next year and beyond.

WINNERS

BEST INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE SHORT Leopard Diretor, James Arden Producers, James Arden & Poppy Ashton

BEST STUDENT SHORT My Other Suit Is Human Diretor, Andrew Paul Montague Producer, Kira Fitzpatrick The London Film School

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE The Yellow Dress Composer, Natasa Paulberg Diretor, Deborah Grimes Producer, Maggie Ryan

BEST OF KERRY Bó Director & Producer, Mieke Vanmechelen

BEST OF KERRY The West Kerry Cowboy Director, Cian O'Connor Producer, Peter Kilmartin

BEST ANIMATION: GON, THE LITTLE FOX Director, Takeshi Yashiro. Producer, Masaaki Oikawa - special mention for Alamid by Shayna Gail Velasquez, this year’s youngest KIFF filmmaker. Shayna Gail is a 16-year-old high school student from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

SCRIPT WRITING AWARD Lambing Screenplay by Katie McNeice

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Violet Gibson The Irish Woman Who Shot Mussolini Directors, Barrie Dowdall & Kevin de la Isla O'Neill Producers, Siobhán Lynam & Barrie Dowdall

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: How to Fall in a Love in a Pandemic. Director & Producer, Michael-David McKernan

BEST IRISH NARRATIVE SHORT Rough Directors, Declan Lawn & Adam Patterson Producer, Louise Gallagher

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE Follow the Dead Director & Producer, Adam William Cahill KIFF's inaugural annual TRUA Award - celebrating compassionate filmmaking that excites positive change.

TRUA AWARD 2020 Winner: THIS LAND
Director Zithelo Bobby Mthombeni
Producers The Tenth Man, Eric Davidson, Ellen Bennett

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Can you talk your way to fitness?

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing. If we can’t get them to […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing.

If we can’t get them to sit down with us, we’ll at least touch base via Zoom or phone. Text messages aren’t adequate to really understand how someone is doing and progressing as we help them towards their health goals, so we don’t count those.

What’s interesting is how difficult it can be sometimes to track down and set up a time to catch up with clients. In passing, it’s simple, but those conversations aren’t as focused and usually don’t allow us to get into why someone is or is not seeing the progress they need. So many times it’s something we all know we need to do, but to sit down and have a real conversation with someone about how they are doing can be tough, or even intimidating depending on the situation.

People start with us knowing we want to provide accountability, guidance, education, and motivation to help them accomplish their goals. But, when it comes down to the accountability portion, it can be difficult to want to talk about things that may not be going as planned.

However, when we look back at our most successful clients – those who have accomplished or are accomplishing what they set out to do when they started with us – they are the ones who actually seek us out to sit down and get help. When we ask them about their goals or if they have time, they are excited to catch up and see what they can improve. Or, they are asking us to help even before we reach out to them.

Those clients have not always had it easy either. Post lockdowns there were a lot of people re-orienting their schedule and lives and trying to make sense of what their goals needed to be. I personally had quite a few heavier conversations with people as we stepped through a plan to “reset” and get into a habit that fit their adjusted goals and schedules. Without those conversations, we may not have been able to help people as much as we are able to (thankfully).

ACCOUNTABILITY

For every area of your life; family, marriage, friendships, work; having accountability, a source of quality guidance, and motivation is as absolute must if you want to improve or progress. We can do some things alone, but we can do most of those things far better with others who have been there before or who can walk with us as we step through our journey towards our goals.

If you are looking to improve at anything in life, be it professionally, or with your health and fitness, the first step is to acknowledge where you are and then seek out a trusted source of information to help you clarify and align the moving parts to ensure you can get to where you want in the timeframe you want.

It’s why we start every member at Activate with a free consultation and why we continue to talk to our members. If we don’t know where you want to go, how can we help you get there? “Going to a gym” is fantastic and will be of huge benefit to your health, going to a gym that is invested in your journey multiplies this power exponentially.

So, no, you can’t “talk your way to fitness”, it takes many hours of work and consistency, but starting your journey with a good honest talk and someone in “your corner” will ensure you start – and continue – in the right direction.

To have a chat about your health and fitness goals, visit www.activate.ie and find out more.

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Former footballer to launch new book

By Sean Moriarty Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book. The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017. In January 2017, […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book.

The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017.

In January 2017, O’Mahony won the RTÉ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ series with professional dancer, Estonian Valeria Milova.

His new book ‘Unbroken’ is an account of the discipline it takes to be part of one of the country’s most successful Gaelic football teams. It is also a story of managing external and internal expectations and pressure, and of the importance of knowing when to ask for help.

“I am really looking forward to meeting everyone next Saturday, great to finally release my book and I hope people enjoy it,” he told Killarney Advertiser.

O’Mahony’s Killarney book signing will be the first of many around the country in the run up to Christmas.

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