Virgin Media are delighted to announce its sponsorship of the ‘Best of Kerry’ Award at the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF), which brings together a diverse selection of new Irish and World Cinema to Kerry audiences. 

Celebrating its 24th edition, this year’s KIFF will take place from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd October 2023, revealing new talent with their comprehensive short film selections (Irish, International, Kerry, Student, Animation).

Earlier this year Virgin Media was delighted to roll out its 2-gig full fibre broadband to more homes and businesses across Ireland, including in county Kerry, ensuring more homes than ever can avail of Virgin Media’s superfast and 99.9% reliability broadband.

Virgin Media’s Ireland AM will also broadcast live from Kerry on Wednesday 18th October, ahead of the film festival that weekend.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Paul Higgins, Virgin Media said:

“Virgin Media are delighted to partner with KIFF and support the ‘Best of Kerry’ Award. This partnership continues to demonstrate our commitment to fostering creativity in both film production and television content as Ireland’s leading connected entertainment provider and commercial broadcasting company whilst also celebrating both local Irish and International talent in this very important industry.” 

Commenting on the sponsorship, Declan Lynch, Kerry International Film Festival Programmer said:

“We are delighted to welcome Virgin Media Ireland as the sponsor of the ‘Best of Kerry’ Award which is a unique marker of creativity, talent and professionalism. Last year’s ‘Best of Kerry’ Award went to Jessica Courtney Leen who wrote, directed, and acted in her remarkable short film ‘Not My Sister’This year we look forward to an announcement of similar calibre.”

KIFF 2023 is immensely grateful for the invaluable support received from Virgin Media and also for the generosity of their title sponsors Kerry Airport Ireland, The Arts Council of Ireland, Kerry County council, The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA), Tower Records Ireland, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, Randles Hotel, the Plaza Hotel, the Great Southern Hotel Killarney and Kerry Broadband, as well as a wealth of local businesses, individuals, and supporters.