Welcome to Kiff - Revealing tomorrow's talent today
The 24th edition of Kerry International Film Festival takes place from Oct 19th – 22, 2023.
Submissions are open from Sunday the 19th of February and, as ever, we can’t wait to see what flows in. One of KIFF’s biggest passions is to discover and nurture new talent. One of the ways we do this is by focusing on the short film, it is an art form to be celebrated, and not seen simply as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. They give emerging talent an invaluable opportunity to express their creative voice and connect with an audience.
As the legendary Jane Campion once said, ‘short films are not inferior, just different. I think the short gives a freedom to filmmakers. What’s appealing is that you don’t have as much responsibility for storytelling and plot. They can be more like a portrait, or a poem.’
Similarly, Taika Waititi notes, ‘you can be poetic and you don’t have to answer anything. You can make whatever you want. You have creative freedom with short film.’
John Lasseter agrees, ‘A gem of a short film has a sense of pure joy … that is different from anything you see in a feature film.’
So please keep in touch. We have a new programmer this year which is exciting. We’d like to take this space to say how much we’ll miss our outgoing programmer, Eibh Collins who is working her magic up the West coast. She loves film with a rare purity and always understood the need to support emerging talent wherever possible.
We look forward to seeing you all in Kerry! Keep in touch.