Saoirse Ronan to be honoured with Maureen O’Hara Award at 2012 Kerry Film Festival


Kerry Film Festival

9th – 25th October 2012


The Kerry Film Festival will this year celebrate the vitalility of Ireland’s young filmmakers, presenting the Maureen O’Hara Award for women who have excelled in film to the phenominal young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, as well as profiling some of the most exciting new short and features directors from Kerry and Ireland. The festival will open with the acclaimed Pilgrim Hill, winner of the Bingham Ray New Talent Award at the Galway Film Fleadh, which beautifully evokes a tale of tough rural life in North Kerry, and will provide audiences throughout the county with unforgettable experiences in film, from unique musical accompaniments to an inflatable cinema!


Speaking at the launch of the festival programme, Festival Director Sarah Smyth commented: “Kerry Film Festival is delighted to be able to shine a light on the wealth of filmmaking talent right here in the county. More than ever we are dedicated to opening doors and providing international opportunies to young and emerging filmmakers.”


One of the annual highlights of the festival, the short film programme will not dissappoint, with over 100 shorts screened from countries as diverse asSingapore, USA, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, Mexico and South Africa, as well as a selection of films from the Busho Short Film Festival in Hungary. Looking closer to home, the rapidly expanding Made in Kerry shorts programme celebrates the best of Kerry filmmaking, with highlights including BAFTA short film winning Pitch Black Heist, starring Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham; the award winning animation Head Over Heels and Home Turfa fascinating visual celebration of the ancient art of hand turf cutting.


The judging panel of the Short Film Awards this year will include Dave Fanning presiding over the Best International Short category; director and producer Paul Duane (Barbaric Genius, Ballykissangel, Footballers’ Wives) who will judge the Best Documentary Short; writer, director and producer Terry George (Some Mother’s Son, Hotel Rwanda) for the Best Irish Short category, and Jam Media’s John Rice (Picme, Roy) for the Best Animated Short.


Special events will pop up throughout the festival to enthrall and delight, including a pop up gallery in a house on Denny St, Tralee, which will explore the boundaries between film and art. Featuring video installations by the Kerry born artist Austin Ivers, the exhibition will screen some of his most important works: CSIRO Parkes Observatory Report; 2045on the beach and Blueshirt Putsch. The marriage of music and film will be celebrated with a screening of Fritz Lang’s silent masterpiece Metropolis accomanied by a live score by 3epkano and, for a truly unique movie experience, an inflatable cinema will take up residence in the Brandon Hotel in Tralee!


Additional feature films screening in the festival will include Irish debuts The Rás TailteannShamrocracy and The End of the Earth is My Home, as well as accomplished filmmaker Tom Tywker’s Three / Drei, giving audiences a chance to see a selection of thought provoking films championed by the festival.


The festival, which is now in its 13th year, takes place in venues across the county between 9th – 25th October, featuring in Tralee between 9th – 13th, Listowel 16th – 18th and in Kenmare on 18th and Waterville on 25th October.


The Kerry Film Festival would not be possible without its funders and sponsors, and would like to gratefully thank The Arts Council, Kerry County Council, Tralee Town Council, FAS, Siamsa Tire, Brandon Hotel, Tralee Chamber Alliance, Carnegie Arts Centre, Classic Movieplex, Creative Media Department at Tralee Institute of Technology, Killarney Crystal, Irish Film Institute, Goethe Institut and Kerry Libraries.


Kerry Film Festival info and booking

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Twitter: @kerryfilmfestival


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