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KFF announces Judges 2016

The 17th Kerry Film Festival, today announced its jurors — a diverse group of industry leaders, including acclaimed filmmakers, writers, directors and broadcasters. The winning films will be announced at the KFF Awards Night ceremony on Sunday 23 Oct at the INEC Killarney.


Benjamin is an Irish writer/director from Dublin. In 2011 he completed a Screenwriting MA at the London Film School. In 2015 he wrote, directed and edited his first short film ‘Stutterer‘ which won the Academy Award for best Live Action Short 2015. It has also won many prizes including a London Critic’s Circle Award & an Irish Film and Television Award.

Benjamin was awarded an Irish Young Director Award and a Cannes Young Director Award in 2016. Another short film he wrote called Love Is A Sting has been long-listed for an Oscar after winning Cork International Film Festival and was nominated for an IFTA.


Aedín joined RTÉ lyric fm when the station was founded in May 1999. She presented the award winning arts programme Artszone for ten years. The hugely popular Movies and Musicals is the only national radio programme of its kind and features a broad range of soundtracks from early classics, right through to contemporary scores.

Aedín also presents Sunday Matinée featuring live performances and treasured favourites for your Sunday afternoon listening and My Tunes where she invites a guest to select, listen to and discuss a number of music pieces that hold a special meaning for them.


Jim Cummings is an internationally recognised producer, actor and writer. He won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 SUNDANCE Film Festival for a short film that he wrote, directed, edited, sound mixed, and starred in called THUNDER ROAD. Thunder Road is one long shot of a police officer eulogising his mother at her funeral.

He has served as a producer on two of the most audacious and distinctive films at SXSW with SHULTS, KRISHA and THE GRIEF OF OTHERS.


Bob Jackson lectures in Creative Media at the Institute of Technology, Tralee. He produced the powerful feature documentary A Doctor’s Sword, which was released in Irish cinemas in 2015. Bob also works in music production, and lives in Cork city.


Barry O’Donoghue founded Barley Films in 2002 after working on “The Iron Giant”, “Osmosis Jones” and “Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights” for Warner Bros Animation in Los Angeles. He has produced eleven animated short films including the award-winning “Miss Remarkable and her Career”, “Agricultural Report”, “Pirogues” and “Donkey”.

He taught animation principles and business skills on the animation degree course at IADT and is currently directing the feature length animated film “Little Caribou” at the Barley Films studio in Dingle.


Susanna Pellis (born in Rome, 1960) film critic and writer, has a BA in Literature and Film Studies from the University of Rome La Sapienza.

She has written two books and several essays about Irish Cinema and is the founder and the director of Irish Film Festa, a festival entirely dedicated to Irish Cinema which takes places in Italy since 2007.