There are so many good people and organisations trying to make, show or promote moving images in Kerry. Here are some we like to call our friends. If you think your organisation might have something to offer film in Kerry, then reach out to us. We’re under-staffed but over-enthusiastic. We’ll help if we possibly can.
Screen Kerry, the Kerry Film Office, was set up by Kerry ETB with support from Kerry County Council. It is a one-stop shop for advice and help with all of your Pre-Production, Production and Post Production needs in Kerry. It is headed up Siobhan O’ Sullivan, the Kerry Film Development Officer. If you are thinking of filming in Kerry, Siobhan is your woman. She couldn’t be more approachable. Screen Kerry also facilitates the annual Kerry Short Film Bursary which offers a grant of €10,000 to the successful project, funded by the Arts Office, Kerry Co Co. Past recipients have met with great success at KIFF.
Kenmare based artist Mieke Vanmechelen will be continuing her work as Kerry County Council Filmmaker in Residence, co-funded by the Arts Council and Creative Ireland during 2020. This role is vital in terms of encouraging film-making in Kerry, especially opening it up to newcomers who might yet not have had the opportunity to try their hand at moving images.
Contact Mieke through her website: miekevanmechelen.com
In Listowel, we work with the brilliant Classic Cinema, one of Ireland’s few remaining independently-owned cinemas. We can’t sing their praises high enough, or bang their drum loud enough. They are stalwarts, fighting the good fight against an industry geared towards omniplexes and blockbusters.
Film Network Ireland was started by Paul Butler-Lennox and Ray Mongey in 2010 as a way of using Facebook to benefit the Irish filmmaking community. At the time of writing, it had over 16,000 members. KIFF is grateful to have worked with the lads who tirelessly use their skill and passion to bring film-makers together at engaging networking events.