| October 6, 2009

The Samhlaiocht Kerry Film Festival, which is celebrating ten years of bringing film to the people of Kerry, has announced the adjudicators for the 2009 Kerry Film Festival, which runs from 31st October–7th November.

The adjudicators that will judge this year’s Kerry Film Festival short film competitions are Jeremy Irons, Michael Fassbender, Simon Brown and James Christopher. A €5,000 cash prize in Best Director Competition will be adjudicated by Jeremy Irons.

‘The Kerry Film Festival is delighted to announce its line-up of adjudicators,’ said Jason O’ Mahony, director of the Kerry Film Festival. ‘From Jeremy Irons, an Oscar®-winning actor and one of the finest actors of all time; to Michael Fassbender, who set the film world alight with his unflinching portrayal of Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen’s Hunger, a role which, for my money at least, should have seen him win an Oscar®; to James Christopher, one of the most respected film critics in the world and Chief Critic on The Times in the UK for many years; to Simon Brown, a fantastic Irish animator, who was lead animator on the recent Ice Age films and also worked with James Cameron on the upcoming Avatar, every member of the adjudication panel is at the very forefront of their chosen profession and we’re absolutely thrilled that they have decided to help adjudicate the 2009 Kerry Film Festival.’

The adjudicators have the unenviable task of selecting the best films from this year’s selection. Close to five hundred films were submitted to the 2009 Kerry Film Festival, up significantly on the total number of films submitted last year and more than double the number of films submitted in previous years.

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