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Kerry Film Festival 2017

The 18th Kerry Film Festival will run from 19th – 22nd October 2017 bringing exceptional short films from around the world along with national and regional programmes.

The festival will also host, for the first time, a platform for first time feature film makers. These DISCOVERY FEATURES will screen on Thursday 19th October and each feature film will be preceded by a featured short film. There will be school screenings supported by the IFI and film festival exchange favourites, Nickel Film Festival Tour.

Kerry connections are plentiful in the festival. Opening night film, THE CREST saw much of the film captured in Kerry and follows two descendants of an Irish King who meet for the first time in Ireland. The Crest is a story of family, immigration and the value of tradition and culture.

Kerry Film Festival will host the Irish Premiere of LIES WE TELL starring Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel. When his billionaire boss Demi (Harvey Keitel) dies, chauffeur Donald (Gabriel Byrne) is given one final job – to wipe out any evidence of Demi’s relationship with his mistress, the enigmatic and beautiful Amber (Sibylla Deen).Unwittingly drawn into a dangerous urban underworld, he encounters dark, harrowing practices, and a sinister criminal figure who will test him to his very limits.

Other feature films to add to the diary include:

Ireland’s submission for the Foreign Language category at the 90th annual Academy Awards, SONG OF GRANITE which revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney, will screen in Cinema Killarney 0n Friday 20th October.

The Irish premiere of SCORE – A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY. This documentary brings Hollywood’s premier composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world’s most widely known music genre: the film score. SCORE will have a FREE screening at St. Mary’s, Church of the Sloes, Killarney on Friday 20th October.

The Methodist Church in Killarney will host the film RATH from Kerry film maker in residence, Mieke Vanmechelen. RATH is a personal story of one man’s relationship with the land and the past.

The documentary KEVIN ROCHE: THE QUIET ARCHITECT will screen on Sunday 22nd October at Cinema Killarney while the closing film of the Kerry Film Festival is the Irish Premiere of A CAPTAIN UNAFRAID from Killarney film maker Charlie O’Brien.

This year, the Kerry Film Festival will present the Maureen O’Hara Award for 2017 to Emmy nominated, multi-award winning documentary director and feature film editor, Emer Reynolds to celebrate her contribution to the film industry and in admiration for her work which continues to engage audiences and inspire fellow filmmakers. Emer’s film THE FARTHEST will screen during the festival.

The Kerry Film Festival inaugurated the Maureen O’Hara Award in 2008 to celebrate outstanding women in cinema. The award was named in honour of O’Hara, one of Hollywood’s best loved and most inspiring actresses.

Each year, awards are presented in seven different categories at an Awards evening at the INEC. Many winners have gone on to success in other festivals and the festival has screened a significant number of films that have been nominated for Academy Awards.

Speaking about the festival, Artistic Director, Maeve McGrath noted,

“We have once again had an increase in quality short films submitted to the festival and the festival was inundated with feature films this year resulting in significant feature film screenings for 2017.

There is something for everyone at the festival and the move to our hub in Killarney has allowed us to build new relationships which can only strengthen the festival. We are always extremely grateful to everyone who supports the festival from our funders, patrons and sponsors to the film makers who send in their films and the audience that come to see the finished product.

We look forward to welcoming one and all to the festival in 2017”