Kerry Film Festival

The Kerry Film Festival returns to the scenic town of Killarney for its 17th edition from 19 to 23 October. As always, there’s an excellent programme in store with Irish and international films heavily featured, including the Irish premiere of two excellent music documentaries, a curated programme of international short films, events and the world premiere of two Kerry features – Making It and Brackenmore – which open and close the festival. Filmed mainly in Kerry, Brackenmore tells the story of Kate, who returns to her ancestral home of Brackenmore when her uncle dies. She soon rediscovers her long neglected roots but the longer she stays in Brackenmore the more she begins to realise that things may not be quite what they seem and things begin to get even more sinister in this suspenseful thriller that weaves together the exploration of the occult with complex human relationships. Making It is a feature length comedy filmed around Tralee and Listowel. Family man Mike McMahon suddenly loses his job. Struggling to find work, he decides to use the digital camera that he received in lieu of redundancy to make a gritty cops and robbers film. However, his lofty ambitions and non-existent budget lead to many blunders and he soon finds himself in trouble with both sides of the law. As well as these two fantastic Kerry based films, there will be another three Irish premieres of celebrated feature films, including A Good Wife, which opened in Sundance this year. The festival has always had a strong tradition of focussing on music documentaries and this year We Are X and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun will receive their Irish premieres at the festival. There is also the Kerry premiere of Mattress Men
with director Colm Quinn in attendance and a documentary about Ken Loach, Versus. With such a diverse range of films on offer there is sure to be something to cater to every taste. Short film has always played an important role in the festival and this year a new element to the festival has been introduced. The Short Film Market is aimed at emerging and experienced filmmakers. With panel discussions, masterclasses, Q & A sessions and a special focus on the diaspora in the Irish International Film Festival panel. This event will explore the short film on the national and international stage and is a must for any aspiring filmmaker. The popular town of Killarney will be even busier than usual as the Kerry Film Festival returns once again. It’s perfect for filmmakers, aspiring filmmakers or people that just love high quality, diverse filmmaking in a beautiful setting.

19th – 23rd October.

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