Kerry Film Festival (KFF) which takes place from 29th October to 5th November announces that this year’s panel of adjudicators will comprise a host of celebrated figures from the world of film. In putting together the adjudication panel, KFF has drawn on the wide-ranging experience of some of the world’s most celebrated film professionals.
Cillian Murphy, a native of Cork who most recently appeared alongside Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde and Amanda Seyfried in Andrew Nichol’s IN TIME, and is also noted for his recent performances in INCEPTION and THE DARK KNIGHT, will represent Irish film talent. He will be joined by eminent animator Norton Virgien of Brown Bag Films, and Australian documentary maker Geoffrey Smith whose work has earned him numerous awards including an Emmy for feature documentary THE ENGLISH SURGEON. In addition to these prominent figures, multiple Oscar winner Paul Greengrass, director of the hugely successful BOURNE series, will take part in judging this year’s KFF short film competitions.
Commenting on the impressive line-up, Kerry Film Festival Director Sarah Smyth said, ‘We are delighted and honoured to announce that such an illustrious group of adjudicators have agreed to share their wealth of experience with us. They will certainly have their work cut out with the quality and sheer number of entries that we have received this year.’
This year marks the twelfth Kerry Film Festival and the number of entries has continued to increase year on year with over five-hundred films submitted in total. Winners will be announced for Best Film, Best Irish Short, Best International Short, Best Animation and Best Irish Documentary. The variety of award categories corresponds directly with the disciplines of the individual adjudicators meaning that young and upcoming film-makers will have their submissions viewed by some of the most successful practitioners in their chosen fields.
Each year KFF also presents a highly popular Children’s Audience Award and the John Moore Audience Award, sponsored by the Irish-born director who is set to helm the fifth in the blockbuster DIE HARD series.