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Lights, camera and action for 17th Kerry Film Festival

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KILLARNEY will roll out the red carpet this Wednesday for Kerry Film Festival which will run for five days and showcase short films as well as feature films.

The festival will open with the soldout world premiere of Kerry-made feature film Making It and will close with the world premiere of Brackenmore. Making It was produced by the National Digital Skills Centre at Kerry Education and Training Board and Brakenmore was produced by Caragh Lake Films which collaborated with a number of local organisations including Kerry County Council and the Kerry ETB. “The production of these films is a testament to the determination of production companies filming in Kerry and the wealth of locations in Kerry suitable for filming,” said the festival’s artistic director Maeve McGrath.

The short film programme is an integral part of the Kerry Film Festival schedule and this year there are 16 programmes of short film. “With an international focus on short film reflected in the programme including a new exchange of films with the renowned Kendal Mountain Festival, there is also an overflowing programme of Kerry short films in the Kerry Connection programme highlighting the wealth of creative talent creating film in the county,” added Maeve.

Filmmakers and Industry professionals will gather in Killarney on October 22 for the festival’s Short Film Market where panel discussions and conversations will take place with industry guests discussing short film and a special focus on the diaspora in the Irish International Film Festival panel.

Jim Cummings, winner of the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance festival, will give a masterclass on his journey to Sundance with Thunder Road and there will be a casting workshop for actors with Sing Street casting agent, Louise Kiely.

“Critically acclaimed feature films include A Good Wife which opened in Sundance this year and in keeping with the festival’s tradition of focusing on music in film, KFF are delighted to offer the Irish premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun and the acclaimed music documentary, We Are X,” said Maeve. “With a documentary on the life of Ken Loach, Versus, and the Kerry premiere of Mattress Men with director Colm Quinn in attendance, the festival offers a selection of films that will appeal to all.”

For more information on these screenings and others at Kerry Film Festival log onto www.kerryfilmfestival.com or call 066-712 9934.
 


 
Above: Mattress Men will have its Kerry premiere during Kerry Film Festival this week.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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