The Kerry International Film Festival has announced plans for the event to go ahead this October and the festival, which is in its 21st year, is now open for submissions.

Despite the on-going challenges of Covid-19, the KIFF board have liaised directly with various stakeholders, partners and government officials and have decided to proceed with the festival this October 15 to 18.  

KIFF is listed as one of the Top 100 festivals in the world on Film Freeway, where it currently holds a five-star rating.The Board's aim is to "continue to provide a platform to showcase new and emerging talent in the film industry, both nationally and internationally."

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KIFF 2020 will take place with modifications made in accordance with government protocol and guidelines.

Depending on Government criteria and direction, it will be presented either in the current format, if people are permitted to gather as normal, or alternatively as an online event.

The Festival Board welcomes shorts, features, documentaries, live film scores and other industry events. 

Actress Eibh Collins will resume her position as Head of Programming. Formally the manager of IndieCork and Irish Film London, Collins is also the short film programmer for the Oscar-qualifying Galway Film Fleadh and the Deputy Director for Irish Screen America. 

"Here at KIFF, we admire gutsy, original film-making, " she says. "We look for brave talent that puts itself out there so that the audience are pulled in. It's this exciting dynamic that we are aiming to nurture with our KIFF selections.'