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A still from the film ‘The West Kerry Cowboy’ which was the winner of the ‘Best of Kerry’ award at the 2020 Kerry Film Festival

A still from the film ‘The West Kerry Cowboy’ which was the winner of the ‘Best of Kerry’ award at the 2020 Kerry Film Festival

A still from the film ‘Bó’ which also won a ‘Best of Kerry’ award at the Kerry Film Festival this year

A still from the film ‘Bó’ which also won a ‘Best of Kerry’ award at the Kerry Film Festival this year

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A still from the film ‘The West Kerry Cowboy’ which was the winner of the ‘Best of Kerry’ award at the 2020 Kerry Film Festival

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2020 has been a year of thinking outside the box for so many people and events, and one such team that had to completely change the way they operated was Kerry Film Festival (KFF), who this past week successfully held their first-ever completely online celebration.

Thankfully, though, it all seems to have gone off without a hitch, with a whole host of brilliant movies screened online over the last week and with many emerging as worthy winners at the end of it all.

The festival this year saw over 90 local and international films screened, with one of the biggest highlights of the week being an exclusive interview with Kerry's own Jessie Buckley, who was the recipient of the 2020 Maureen O'Hara award.

Keeping it local, the first 'Best of Kerry' award was won by short film 'The West Kerry Cowboy'.

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Directed by Cian O'Connor, the 18-minute film told the story of characters Big Mac and his dad, Frank, who live a lonely life in the heart of West Kerry.

After his mother's death, Big Mac falls into a secretive world. On the day of her anniversary, Big Mac has a confession to make.

This film is described as a comedy drama about masculinity and grief.

Elsewhere, also picking up a 'Best of Kerry' award was the film 'Bó', a 28-minute film directed and produced by Mieke Vanmechelen - the Kerry filmmaker in Residence - which told the story of the Kerry Cow.

"The Kerry cow is the oldest cow in existence in Europe. Ireland's special association with these animals goes back thousands of years. Currently endangered, a small number of individuals are doing their utmost to preserve the breed. This documentary is an intimate account of the bonds that exist between the farmers and their animals," read the blurb of the film.

The full list of winners from the event are as follows:

Best International Narrative Short: 'Leopard'

Best Student Short: 'My Other Suit Is Human'

Best Original Score: 'The Yellow Dress'

Best of Kerry: Bó

Best Animation: 'Gon, The Little Fox'

Script-Writing Award: 'Lambing'

Best Documentary Feature: 'Violet Gibson, The Irish Woman Who Shot Mussolini'

Best Documentary Short: 'How to Fall in a Love in a Pandemic'

Best Irish Narrative Short: 'Rough'

Best Narrative Feature: 'Follow the Dead'

Trua Award 2020: 'This Land'


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