THE countdown for the third annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival has begun in earnest and a packed programme of events including screenings, workshops, Chaplin themed street entertainment and much more is planned between August 22-25.
At least six of the iconic film star's work will be screened over the four days, including the much loved 'The Kid' which will be shown in all its glory in the festival big top. Morgan Cooke, meanwhile, will play improvised score to three of his short films, as well as playing the live score to 'Come on Over' a restored silent comedy from 1922.
There's also a rather special attempt to gather the most Chaplin look-a-likes in one place on Sunday, August 25, so one and all are invited to come along and be a part of history.
The national Fossetts circus, meanwhile, is celebrating it's 125th season and is in town to perform four shows on the Sunday and Monday.
Of course, there will be plenty of other entertainment too, including comedy with one of Ireland's finest stand ups, Dylan Moran, as well as rising comedy stars from Kerry and Cork.
The music kicks off on Thursday evening with Alpha Q on the street, while Walking on Cars will also be performing, supported by Red Elephant in the Big Top on Thursday night.
Cool Hand Dukes will get everyone hopping at Friday night's Tramps Ball where participants can dress up in 1920's style or dress down in Chaplin's tramps style, while on Saturday, Daithi Ó Sé is the awards dance MC and he will be joined by Brass & Co.
Strong interest, meanwhile, is expected in the film related workshops with Oscar nominee Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly hosting a two-day workshop on making a short film from script to screen, while celebrated film maker Rory Fellowes will facilitate an animation workshop for children on Saturday - phone 066 9478818 as limited places are available for both.
Meanwhile, film competition entries will vie for the Charlie Awards and over 40 terrific films have been shortlisted. Two documentary premieres will feature with Éanna de Buis' 'My Lord Buddha of Carraig Éanna' on Friday evening in St Michael's and, on Sunday, Bold Puppy Productions will show 'Eoin Ryan from Farm to Roads' in Tech Amergin with all proceeds to the Kerry Mental Health Association.
Add in street theatre, vintage cars, mobile planetarium, a genealogy roadshow and late night discos and the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival truly is a perfect way to close out the summer.
Check out chaplinfilmfestival.com for further details.