Illustration: Adeline Pericart
Kerry Film Festival is calling on filmmakers from across the Kingdom and the world to start submitting their work now, ahead of KFF 2012 which will take place from the 6th -13th October.
Following the success story which was KFF 2011, preparations for this autumn’s festival are already gaining momentum, and based on the impressive number of films entered last time round, the organisers are expecting yet another bumper year.
The main focus of the Kerry Film Festival is as ever on young filmmakers, with short film competitions geared towards showcasing their work and bringing it to a wider audience at home and throughout a growing network of partner festivals across the globe.
Filmmakers have the chance for their work to be seen by a prestigious panel of adjudicators which has in recent years included such leading lights as Cillian Murphy, director Paul Greengrass, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, and Gabriel Byrne. KFF also presents the Maureen O’Hara Award to a woman who has excelled in the art of film, with Fionnula Flanagan honoured in 2011, receiving her award from Maureen O’Hara herself at a glittering awards ceremony at Siamsa Tire, Tralee.
KFF 2012 will see the launch of the Kerry Film Festival Challenge, the latest innovation of Festival Director Sarah Smyth, which will see young filmmakers invited to shoot a short film over the course of the festival using the backdrop of the world’s most beautiful film location; the Kingdom of Kerry. Full details of the Kerry Film Festival Challenge will be released in early July.
The call for entries is being issued earlier than in previous years. “Last year saw over five-hundred films entered into the short film competitions with entries were coming in right up until the last moment and the FedEx van wearing a path to our door,” said festival co-ordinator Niall Burman-Roy. “So this year we’re allowing as much time as possible for filmmakers to get their submissions in.”
The closing date for entries is August 10th. Submissions can be made online at www.kerryfilmfestival.com where full details can be found.
The Kerry Film Festival would like to thank The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon,KerryCountyCouncil/ Comhairle Contae Chiarraí, Tralee Town Council / Comhairle Baile Thra Li, Siamsa Tire & Lyric FM.
The Kerry Film Festival will take place from the 6th-13th October 2012.