Kerry International Film Festival is delighted to announce that they will be hosting an outdoor film screening in Tralee Town Square as part of Culture Night 2022 on Friday, 23 September 2022 from 8 pm – 11 pm. The short film screening is funded by The Arts Council through Culture Night and is kindly supported by Kerry County Council.

The programme being presented by KIFF will include a series of short films in celebration of Irish culture and the exciting line up will include films in both English and Irish along with films from Kerry filmmakers. A sample of the diverse films being showcased include some of the winning Short Films from KIFF 2021, such as the Best Short Documentary, Best Foot Forward and the Best Kerry Short, Harvest, amongst many others.

Chair of KIFF, Grace O’Donnell, said: ‘We are thrilled to be hosting an outdoor screening in Tralee Town Square as part of Culture Night 2022. It is part of KIFF’s remit to showcase films to a variety of audiences across Co. Kerry and beyond annually, hence, we are delighted to be able to showcase an exciting selection of short films to film enthusiasts of all ages. Culture Night has been celebrated in Kerry since 2009 and KIFF is looking forward to being a part of the celebrations and to supporting the richness and diversity of culture present in Ireland today.’

As part of KIFF’s diversity and inclusion policy, where possible, the films being showcased by KIFF with a large minority will include English-embedded open captions or subtitles. This is a conscious effort made by KIFF to ensure that all audience members can enjoy the films being screened. KIFF are particularly excited about having the opportunity to showcase its short films in a unique outdoor setting and to welcome people of all cultures, languages, abilities, religions, and ages, for what promises to be a truly memorable evening.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a non-alcohol event and Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. As this is an outdoor screening, KIFF would recommend that guests dress accordingly and please feel free to bring along a blanket to snuggle up warm and enjoy this evening of fun, film, celebration and culture!

A selection of Kerry International Film Festival highlights will be showcased., including Kerry County Council-funded projects and some of KIFF’s recent award winners.

More films will be announced in the coming days…

Brendan (8 mins, documentary)
Brendan O’Sullivan, an extraordinary young man with Down’s Syndrome who leads an extraordinary life. Hailing from Listowel, Co. Kerry, Brendan is regarded by many in the town as a ‘local celebrity’.

Scrap (15 mins, drama)
Ciaran’s friendship with Michael is tested when his friends discover Michael is from the Traveller community.

Best Foot Forward. (6 mins, documentary)
KIFF 2021 Doc Winner
A day in the life of Mary Duffy, a painter born without arms. Mary goes about her day, showing her studio, paintings and demonstrating how she makes them. She ventures outdoors to paint in the tranquil countryside, then retreats to her home where she shows her love and artistic relationship with cooking

Foxglove (14 mins, Irish language drama)
Siobhán, a young woman, left the island where she grew up many years previous but now when she is beckoned home, she is forced to face the demons of her past and the crux of her unresolved pain, her relationship with her father. Foxglove is an LGTBQ drama about healing and the transformative nature of forgiveness.

Harvest (12 mins, drama)
KIFF 2021 “Best of Kerry” winner
Joe Gibbons prepares to go back to the local cattle mart for the first time since his near-fatal heart attack. But, it’s no ordinary day and Joe is soon confronted with the harsh truth of his future

Hatchets & Hope – The Killarney Mountain Meitheal (5 mins, drama)
Meet the small group of volunteers who protect Killarney’s native woodland forests from Rhododendron,

Faitíos (7 mins, drama)
Faitíos is an Irish language coming-of-age film that plays with filmic genre and deals with the themes of culturally-inherited sexual shame, adolescent anxiety, and growing up in a post-crash Ireland.

Age recommendation 12+ (some mild bad language, violence & themes of bullying)

KIFF is very grateful for the support it has received for this event from The Arts Council through Culture Night and from Kerry County Council. The festival is also very grateful for the ongoing support they receive from their key partners including KIFF’s title sponsor Kerry Airport Ireland, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA), Tower Records Ireland, Randles Hotel, the Plaza Hotel, the Great Southern Hotel as well as a wealth of local businesses and individuals.