THE 2012 Kerry Film festival got underway in Tralee on Tuesday night with a screening of Kerry director Ger Barrett's acclaimed locally shot film 'Pilgrim Hill'.
Having garnered significant critical acclaim since it was released last year the film, which has been screened at film festivals around the world, picking up several awards on the way, was the fitting choice to open the festival.
Ger Barrett was at Siamsa Tíre in Tralee on Tuesday night to attend the screening which drew large crowds to the national folk theatre. Pilgrim Hill was written and directed by Barrett and shot on location with local actors in Ballylongford, Brosna and Abbeyfeale over seven days in the summer of last year. A number of the cast were also at Siamsa Tíre on Tuesday night where they mingled with the crowds attending the busy screening.
The film festival will run for the next five days in Tralee with further festival events taking place in Listowel, Kenmare and Waterville to take place later this month.
The highlight of this year's event will be the annual awards ceremony which takes place at St John's Church on Ashe Street on Saturday. The awards ceremony will be attended by rising Irish Hollywood star Saoirse Ronan who will be visiting Tralee to pick up the annual Maureen O'Hara award which honours women who have made an exceptional contribution to cinema.
The organisers of this year's festival said that KFF 2012's programme was been designed with a special emphasis on showcasing the best of home-grown talent from Kerry and the rest of Ireland.