Film Festival a roaring success

20th edition of Kerry Film Festival featured short and feature films from around the globe amongst many homegrown selections

Fergus Dennehy

Another year gone and another hugely successful year for everyone involved with the Kerry International Film Festival.

It's now been 20 years since the foundation of the film festival, and to borrow a line from the great Muiris Ó Súilleabháin and his famous memoir, 'Fiche Bliain Ag Fás', it's been 20 years of growing, improving and consistent high quality year on year from entrants.

This year was no different as film-makers from around Kerry and further afield descended upon Killarney for five days of top-quality filmmaking.

Among the highlights of this year's festival was an event held at the Killarney Plaza Hotel by the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA).

The aim of this event was to help highlight opportunities for local business around Kerry from the Film and TV industry, and making Kerry a film-friendly location.

Adding an extra local twist to the event was the presence of Áine Moriarty, the CEO of IFTA, herself a Killorglin native. She welcomed a who's who of life in Kerry, including Jimmy Deenihan, Michael Healy-Rae TD, Danny Healy-Rae TD, Councillor Norma Moriarty; and business people such as Michael O'Donoghue of O'Donoghue Ring Hotels, Tom Randle of Randles Hotel and Eileen O'Donoghue from the Gleneagle Hotel, to name a few.

Speaking to a full house at the event, Eibh Collins, the Artistic Director of the Kerry Film Festival said: "The Kerry Film Festival presents films that challenge and inspire, that win awards and begin new journeys for the film makers involved. 

"In 2019, the festival saw a significant increase in films directed by women, and the festival hopes to build on that as the festival moves into the future."