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Cillian Murphy named as judge at Kerry's film fest

HOLLYWOOD actor Cillian Murphy (right) will be one of the judges at this year's Samhlaiocht Kerry Film Festival.

The Cork-born star of 'Inception' will judge this year's entries along with Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass who worked on two of the 'Bourne' movies.

They will be joined on the judging panel by animator Norton Virgien of Brown Bag Films, the creators of the 'Rugrats' movie, and Australian documentary maker Geoffrey Smith.

More 500 Irish short films have been submitted for this year's festival, which runs from October 29 to November 5. Festival director Sarah Smith said they had been inundated with entries this year.

"We're getting high-profile adjudicators which is great for the young film makers who have submitted their work," she added.

Next month organisers will unveil the identity of this year's recipient of the Maureen O'Hara Award for women who have excelled in the film industry.

Previous winners include Juliette Binoche, who collected the award in person in Tralee last year, director Rebecca Miller and Brenda Fricker.

Irish Independent