Tommy and his staff are old and dear friends of the Festival. As well as opening up the cinema to the festival every year, Cinema Killarney, in association with KIFF, hosts an arthouse film club every Tuesday night. This shows a huge commitment to getting quality, independent films to an audience that might not otherwise see them. The cinema is one of the few remaining independently owned cinemas in Kerry, no small feat in an era when it is increasingly hard for cinemas to stay afloat. KIFF is absolutely delighted to have Cinema Killarney as their main venue.
The Reverend has opened his doors to the KIFF since we moved to Killarney. St. Mary’s Church of the Sloes is a beautiful little church in the heart of Killarney town, right across from both the cinema Killarney and Killarney house. Killarney (in Irish: Cill Airne) means Church of the Sloes. It serves a small Church of Ireland congregation, tourists and once a year, us KIFFers. As well as the films, the stunning stained glass windows, along with the pipe-organ and the decorations are worth a look.
The present Killarney House was once the stable block of a French chateau-style residence that you would find in Normandy and Brittany. Situated across the road from the cinema, this is where the KIFF industry day takes place. Industry day events include workshops, chaired discussions and presentations. The grounds are as impressive as the house, perfect for a stroll in the midst of a marathon viewing session and the staff are a particularly friendly bunch.
In 2020 KIFF plans to collaborate with the Killarney Cultural Centre which is a stone’s throw from our holy trinity of venues. All going well, this is where you’ll find our office during the festival so call in, grab a programme and introduce yourselves.