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Massive support for this year’s film festival

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With 15 physical events and 30 online screenings this year's Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) was yet another resounding success.

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The KIFF team were overwhelmed with the level of interest and support they received over the four days of the festival.

KIFF has gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months and they recently generated the largest number of film submissions in the festival’s history to date. Audiences were treated to a variety of screenings in Cinema Killarney as well as virtually online, and events included the opening night celebration in Randles Hotel Killarney, the IFTA Networking event in The Plaza Hotel, the awards ceremony in J.M. Reidy’s and the closing screening FOSCADH (Shelter) being showcased in Siamsa Tíre Tralee.

Speaking about the success of KIFF 2021, Director Eibh Collins said that they are "overjoyed to have been able to return to Killarney and Tralee with KIFF this year".

"It has been terrific to see filmmakers, audiences from Kerry, Ireland and even further afield, sponsors, and local businesses coming together to support the festival and to celebrate the power of cinema to connect people, either virtually or in person."

Another important highlight was the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) networking evening which took place at The Plaza Hotel on Friday.

Hosted by CEO of IFTA, Áine Moriarty, the event outlined the plans that are taking place to showcase Kerry as one of Ireland's most spectacular filming locations for international and Irish productions and opportunities for new film business in the future.

"The film industry in Ireland is growing exponentially and Kerry has the ability to attract a substantial part of this business into the country and we can all work together to make this happen,” Áine said.

The event included speeches by Chief Executive of Kerry County Council Moira Murrell and Kerry Arts Officer Kate Kennelly. Siobhán O’Sullivan, Screen Kerry, also gave an exciting update on the film industry in Kerry and its future. Additionally, Director and Film Editor, Emer Reynolds, whose most recent project ‘Joyride’ was filmed in Kerry, also spoke about her experience of filming in the county and the wealth of opportunities for filming throughout the Kingdom general.

The KIFF 2021 Awards Ceremony took place on Sunday in J.M. Reidy’s Killarney.

There was the introduction of the Taking Flight Award, sponsored by Kerry Airport, to celebrate emerging talent in film.

KIFF 2021 AWARD WINNERS

BEST INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE SHORT
Habit
Director: Kevin W. Koehler
Producer: Jeff Kopchia, Matt Dooley, Nathan Scherrer, Jonathan Craven, Ben Piety, Kim Koehler

BEST IRISH NARRATIVE SHORT:
Debutante
Director and Producer: Kamila Dydyna
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Best Foot Forward
Director: Seán Hart
Producer: Bill McHugh and Seán Hart

BEST STUDENT SHORT supported by SCREEN IRELAND
Another Day in 98
Director: Timotej Baca
Producer: Jan Jakub Osiński and Ashling Sugrue

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Passion
Director: Mia Mullarkey
Producer: Roisin Geraghty
Composer: Anna Mullarkey

BEST OF KERRY
Harvest
Director: Tristan Heanue
Producer: Ronan Cassidy

BEST ANIMATION
Nightlink
Director: Aidan O'Sullivan
Producer: Greg Connolly

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
Who We Love
Director: Graham Cantwell
Producer: Edwina Forkin, Graham Cantwell and Alan Fitzpatrick

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Only I Can Hear
Director: Itaru Matsui
Producer: Mayu Hirano, Kengo Toyoda, Paul Cadieu and Nancy Guerin

SCREENWRITING AWARD - BEST SCRIPT -- Sam Killian for SO LONG, DOG.

Special mention for former KIFF Script winner Cathriona Slammon for STORK.

TRUA AWARD - Producer Zlata Filipovic

TAKING FLIGHT AWARD - Introducing our new Rising Talent category, the TAKING FLIGHT AWARD proudly supported by Kerry Airport - Writer/Director Katie McNeice

MAUREEN O’ HARA AWARD – Kathleen Kennedy (Announced October 11)

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Is it a good time to sell your property?

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year. The MyHome.ie quarterly report found the market had held up […]

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year.

The MyHome.ie quarterly report found the market had held up better than evidence had suggested in 2022. The number of vendors cutting asking prices remained at low levels, while many house prices were being settled above asking prices.

However, the report warned that the resilience of the housing marking is set to be tested this year. It found annual asking price inflation slowed to six percent nationwide, meaning the asking price for the average home in Ireland is now €330,000.

There were 15,000 available properties for sale on MyHome.ie in the fourth quarter of the year – an improvement on the same time last year but still below pre-pandemic levels.

Average time to sale agreed was 2.7 months nationwide which the report said is indicative of a very tight housing market.

The report said it expects to see 28,400 house completions in 2022, exceeding its previous forecast of 26,500 finished units.

The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at stockbrokers Davy, said it appeared the market had held up better than evidence had suggested.

“The number of vendors cutting their asking prices is still at low levels. Also, transactions in Q4 were still being settled above asking prices, indicative of a tight market,” he said.

Recent months had seen worrying trends in the homebuilding sector, with housing starts slowing, and the construction PMI survey pointing to the flow of new development drying up.

“We still expect housing completions will pick up to 28,400 in 2022 and 27,000 in 2023. However, the outlook for 2024 is far more uncertain. The Government’s ambitious plans to expedite planning processes are welcome although, as ever, the proof will be in the pudding,” he added.

Locally, and unsurprisingly, the lack of supply of new and second-hand properties remains the dominant issue. There has been very little new construction due largely to the rising cost of construction, labour, materials and utilities which in turn is putting pressure on the second hand market.

This market proved particularly strong in 2022 with active bidding experienced on the majority of house sales and a large proportion of guide prices being generally exceeded.

The detached family home end of the market is particularly strong with increased competition for a limited number of available well located family homes.

So, what lies ahead and is it a good time to sell your property?

The answer is a tight market with scarcity of supply being a factor. If selling now you will benefit greatly from a lack of supply of available homes (therefore less competition) provided your property is marketed correctly of course!

For anyone considering placing their property on the market, contact DNG Ted Healy 064 6639000 killarney@dng.ie for genuine honest advice on how to achieve the best possible price for your home.

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Tourism VAT rate should be “continued indefinitely”

A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its […]

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A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its customers”.

The reduced VAT rate of 9% was introduced by the Government in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the hospitality sector.

“I believe a return to a 13.5% Tourism VAT rate would be counterproductive at this stage, to small and medium businesses that welcome visitors to our country and our county,” Councillor Michael Cahill said.

“Catered food is already charged at 13.5%, alcohol at 23% and accommodation presently at 9%. This sector is providing pretty decent returns to the Exchequer and should be supported. All parties in this debate, including the Government and accommodation providers, should review their position and ensure their actions do not contribute to ‘killing the Goose that laid the Golden Egg’.”

He explained that the tourism industry is “in a very volatile market”, as can be seen by the enormous challenges “posed by COVID-19 in recent years”.

“A grain of rice could tip the balance either way and great care must be taken not to damage it irreparably. We are all aware that the next six to 12 months will be extremely difficult for many businesses with the increase in the cost of oil and gas, etc,, and a return to the 13.5% VAT rate will, in my opinion, close many doors. If a minority are ‘price gouging’, then it should be possible to penalise them and continue to support the majority who offer value for money to our visitors.”

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