Kerry Film Festival a real treat for fans of silver screen

THE Kerry Film Festival, which is based in Tralee and opens on Tuesday, offers a whole host of attractions for film-lovers.

The six-day festival, which also includes a number of screenings in Killarney, Kenmare, Waterville and Cahersiveen, will run from Tuesday, October 8 to Saturday, October 12 at a number of venues in Tralee.

Highlights of the festival include a screening of the documentary 'The Summit' that tells the story of Irish climber Ger McDonnell who died on K2 and which was co-produced by Kerry adventurer Pat Falvey.

The Summit will be screened as the festival's opening film while another Kerry linked film, Run and Jump, will be the festival's closing feature.

Run and Jump was written by Tralee native Ailbhe Keogan and after the film's screening on Friday at Siamsa, the Tralee based writer will also be holding a question and answer session.

This year's festival will be brought to a conclusion with the presentation of the Kerry Film Festival short film awards.

The films in contention will be screened in various venues, including Siamsa Tire and the Kerry School of Music during the course of the festival.

The awards ceremony will also see the presentation of the Maureen O'Hara Award, which recognises women who have made a unique contribution to film, to Oscar nominated costume designer Consolata Boyle. Ms Boyle was responsible for creating costumes used in many award winning films including Angela's Ashes and recent titles The Iron Lady and The Queen for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.

The festival will also include a wide variety of other attractions including workshops, discussion groups and exhibitions.

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