Kerry Film Festival (KFF) has announced the programme for the upcoming festival which promises a wealth of film treats for film fans and film professionals alike, from October 19th to 23rd.

The 17th edition of the festival will present 16 programmes of short film in 2016. The short film programme is an integral part of the Kerry Film Festival schedule and this year films were submitted from Kerry to Japan to Peru and further afield. With an international focus on short film reflected in the programme there is also an overflowing programme of Kerry short films in the KERRY CONNECTION programme highlighting the wealth of creative talent creating film in the county.

The festival will open and close with the World Premieres of two Made in Kerry feature films, Making It and Brackenmore at Cinema Killarney. The production of these films is a testament to the determination of production companies filming in Kerry and the wealth of locations in Kerry suitable for filming.

Artistic Director of the Kerry Film Festival, Maeve McGrath said

We are delighted to open and close the Kerry Film Festival in 2016 with two Kerry Made feature films. Along with two Made in Kerry short film programmes it shows that consistent film production is taking place in County Kerry and is producing excellent quality film.

In between there are another three Irish premieres of celebrated feature films including A Good Wife which opened in Sundance this year and in keeping with the festivals tradition of focusing on music in film, KFF are delighted to offer the Irish premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Jujun and the acclaimed music documentary, We Are X. There will be a screening of Oscar nominated Mustang ( in association with IFI education), a documentary on the life of Ken Loach called Versus, and the Kerry Premiere of Mattress Men with director Colm Quinn in attendance, a selection of films that will appeal to all.

A new element to the festival is the introduction of the Short Film Market aimed at emerging and experienced filmmakers. With panel discussions, masterclasses, Q & A sessions and a special focus on the diaspora in the Irish International Film Festival panel this day long event in Killarney will explore the short film on the national and international stage. Full details of the short film market will follow.

Maeve McGrath noted:

The short film has always had centre stage in the Kerry Film Festival Programme and this year we have an extraordinary selection of films screening. Along with that, we are placing a focus on the short film form at our Short Film Market with some very exciting speakers and guests invited.

The Kerry Film Festival will again connect with the Izmir International Film Festival and Nickel Film Festival in an exchange of short films and this year will introduce a selection of short films from Kendal Mountain Festival, the UK’s premier mountain film festival.

Save the dates October 19th to 23rd in your diary and journey to Kerry to enjoy the cinematic delights of the shorts, features and events of the Kerry Film Festival 2016.

For more information on these screenings and others at Kerry Film Festival log onto www.kerryfilmfestival.com or call 066 712 9934.

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