19th Kerry Film Festival


The 19th Kerry Film Festival will run from 17th – 21st October 2018 bringing exceptional films from around the world along with national and regional short film programmes. The festival will also host a curated programme of feature films alongside school screenings supported by the IFI. In 2018, Kerry Film Festival have announced a film exchange partnership with Bolton Film Festival.


On October 17th, the opening night filmsponsored by Randles Hotel, is the premiere of Tradition. Starring Paul Ronan (Veronica Guerin, The General), Pascal Scott (The Young Offenders), Brendan Grace, Marty Morissey and Micheál Ó Muírcheartaigh. This second film from OC Productions, written by Damian O Callaghan and Claire Corrigan, tells the story of a Judge (Paul Ronan) who, on his last day on the bench, finds himself presiding over the most controversial case that his court and his town has ever seen.


In keeping with the festival’s emphasis on music in film, there will be the Irish premiere screening of Melody Makers, from director Leslie Ann Coles telling the true story of the rise and fall of the most influential music publication in history, Melody Maker magazine. The Irish premiere of Melody Makers directed by Martin Shore is a film about brothers and musicians Jerry and Seán Hannan, chronicling their rise, fall, and ultimate reconciliation and will be followed by a live performance in Killarney from Jerry Hannan and band.


Kerry Film Festival are delighted to host the Irish Premiere of SXSW grand jury prize winning feature film Thunder Road.  Based on the 2016 award winning short film of the same name. Jim Cummings plays Officer Arnaud who raises his daughter as a love letter to his late Mom.


Screenings of award winning film, WHEN ALL IS RUIN ONCE AGAIN and The Man Who Wanted To Fly add to the growing presentation of documentary feature film in the KFF programme.


Each year, awards are presented in seven different categories. Many winners have gone on to success in other festivals and the Kerry Film Festival has screened a significant number of films that have been nominated for Academy Awards including the 2018 Oscar winning short film, The Silent Child.


More screenings and events to be announced.


The Kerry Film festival runs from 17-21st October in Killarney. 









Kerry Film Festival 2013


A fantastic week of films and events kicks off on Tuesday, October 8th when the 14th annual Kerry Film Festival launches in Siamsa Tire.From the Opening Night’s The Summit through to the closing Awards Ceremony  a feast of features, special screenings and shorts, showcasing the best of local, national and international filmmaking talent awaits.

In addition to old favourites such as the Irish and International Narrative Shorts and Made in Kerry new categories have been developed and curated this year.

Music and film lovers can enter a marriage made in heaven in St John’s Church on Wednesday October 9th at 8PM with Music from the Movies performed by Kerry’s Finlay Ensemble.

Without Words is a programme of  experimental, documentary and narrative short films where the picture tells the whole story.

The younger audience has not been overlooked either with a Family Gala planned for Saturday, October 12th, 2PM at the Brandon Conference Centre. All the family can go along to share the joy of Ernest and Celestine.

To view a full programme for KFF 2013 click here.

All tickets can be bought directly from the KFF Box Office on Ivy Terrace 10 – 6 daily.