Kerry Film Festival announces partnership with access>CINEMA

(BYE BYE NOW one of  Kerry Film Festival’s winning shorts from 2010, which will now screen at film clubs across the country) 

Kerry Film Festival (KFF) have announced it has partnered with access>CINEMA in a new initiative that will see ten of the best Irish Short Films from Kerry Film Festival 2010 screen at locations throughout Ireland.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to partner with access>CINEMA and look forward to a selection of brilliant Irish short films finding an audience across Ireland . This partnership further cements Kerry Film Festival’s growing reputation as a launch pad for young up-and-coming Irish Film Makers,” said KFF Director, Sarah Smyth. “One of the hardest things for any filmmaker is to find an audience for their film but KFF has proved especially adept at it. We’ve partnered with a number of International Film Festivals and have been delighted with the reception Irish films have had abroad, with films from KFF 2010 playing in numerous destinations in the US, in the UK and right across Europe. Two of our films will even screen in New Zealand ! While all that international success is great, this partnership with access>CINEMA is a new departure for us and will ensure that our filmmakers find a wider audience at home.”

“We’re very excited to partner with Kerry Film Festival on this new initiative,” said Maeve Cooke, director of access>CINEMA. “access>CINEMA has been at the forefront of finding an audience for quality independent film in Ireland and has had particular success recently with Irish features such as HIS & HERS. This new initiative will allow us to expand our offering while also promoting the work of indigenous film makers.”

access>CINEMA works with a wide number of film clubs and associated members that are located across the country from Kerry to Kildare and from Donegal to Dublin . It has been a valuable resource to these clubs for more than 30 years and provides everything to the clubs from assistance in setting up through to providing the clubs with film prints and publicity materials.

The various venues affiliated with access>CINEMA have expressed delight at the partnership and at the quality of the films selected. “We’re delighted with the Kerry Film Festival access>CINEMA partnership as we now have an extended list of fresh new films to choose from,” said Ian Wieczorek of Linenhall Film Club, Castlebar. “There is a large and growing number of film clubs across Ireland  affiliated with access>CINEMA and we have a great appetite for all things film. This partnership feeds right into that and it’s wonderful to see such a selection of indigenous short films made available. We’d like to thank access>CINEMA, Kerry Film Festival and, of course, the filmmakers involved for allowing us to screen their work. The future of the Irish film industry is certainly in safe hands with such talented young filmmakers working in the country!”

Sarah Smyth echoes that last sentiment, “While this partnership with access>CINEMA is hugely important to us, it’s essential to give the real credit to the film makers. The quantity and quality of Irish films submitted to KFF has improved massively over the years and the ten short films selected here would happily grace any festival or distribution slate. We’d like to express our thanks to all the filmmakers involved and to further thank the Irish Film Board, RTE and other funders who are brave enough to support these unique artists. We’re just happy to be associated with such wonderful little films.”

The films selected for the top ten Irish Films from Kerry Film Festival 2010 are:

GETTING AIR

Ireland    2010        8 min       Colour

‘Getting Air’ is an urban basketball drama about three teenage friends struggling to connect with each other and the adults in their lives. When they meet two members of the police, relationships with their family and the law take a turn.

Director: Mark Noonan

RUNNERS

Ireland    2009       15 min     Colour

For eighteen-year-old, Derek, running drugs isn’t a big deal, it’s just a job. But juggling a relationship, family and his ‘career’ isn’t easy. Something’s gotta give!

Directors: Ronan & Rob Burke

COLD TURKEY

Ireland    2009        11min 6 sec            Colour

‘Cold Turkey’ follows the misadventures of a frustrated Foley artist, curious children and petrified poultry!

Director: Gavin Keane

THE POOL

Ireland    2010        11 min 45 sec         Colour

The Pool is a drama about three teenage boys who break into their school swimming pool one night in order to stage a macho breath holding contest. But as the night goes on the loud, brash Charlie begins to tease the overweight, child-like Sam.

Director: Thomas Hefferon

NOREEN

Ireland    2010        18 min     Colour

Two policemen learn life lessons on a house-call in rural Ireland . Frank is young and heartbroken. Con is middle-aged and weary. They’re both alone. And they’re both idiots!

Director: Domhnall Gleeson

MOORE STREET MASALA

Ireland    2009       5 min       Colour

Shop Clerk, Baba, falls for the sexy estate agent across the street. When he sells her lunch, she steals his heart. There is only one way their love can make it!

Director: David O’ Sullivan

BYE BYE NOW!

Ireland 2010 15 min Colour

An amusing and poignant documentary about the Irish phone box and its move from the centre of society to the verge of extinction. Bye Bye Now! is a bitter-sweet tribute to the phone box, a historical document and a barometer of how much we’ve changed!

Director: Aideen O’ Sullivan & Ross Whitaker

CHRISTMAS SWIM

Ireland    2010        4 min       Colour
While for most Christmas day is about warm fires, steaming turkey, and mulled wine, locals in county Kerry, Ireland dust off the cobwebs of Christmas eves forays by stripping down to their briefs and facing the freezing Atlantic seas for the annual Christmas Swim.

Director: Keith Mannix

CROSSWORD

Ireland    2010       13 min 13 sec         Colour

Heather is on the verge of turning 40. She’s stuck in a dead-end job and has nothing in common with her younger colleagues. She’s single and alone with very few friends except for the bar maid in the pub she visits after work. Heather doesn’t let it grind her down. Instead she takes comfort and solace in the small pleasures in life, particularly the daily crossword which she attempts each day, religiously.

Director: Vincent Gallagher

DÚN CHAOIN

Ireland    2010       7min        Black & White

Non-narrative documentary exploring the work and methods of the renowned Irish artist, Maria Simonds-Gooding, who is based in Dún Chaoin, Co. Kerry. The film features a poem by award winning poet and writer, David McLoghlin, and is narrated by Dominic West.

Directed By: Lanka Haouche Perren

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