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Lakelands wins Best Narrative Feature as Kerry International Film Festival 2022 comes to a close
24 Oct 2022 : News Desk
Kerry International Film Festival
Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) celebrated its 23rd Edition over this past weekend, 20 -23 October 2022, with the festival presenting over 30 events in Killarney and Dingle.

KIFF 2022 received the largest number of film submissions to date, which resulted in a dynamic programme that attracted audiences, filmmakers, industry talent, and film enthusiasts from near and far. The festival hosted a selection of sold-out screenings across the four days of the festival, including the powerful and moving opening film Tarrac.

Speaking about the success of KIFF 2022, programme director Eibh Collins said: “This was by far our biggest festival to date, and we are so grateful to the Kerry and Irish film community for coming out in droves to support the festival. We look forward to seeing everyone back next year for KIFF 2023, from October 19 – 22.”

A highlight of KIFF 2022 was the presentation of the Maureen O'Hara Award to this year’s recipient, actress and writer, Amy Huberman which took place at Randles Hotel Killarney on 22 October. Amy’s notable roles include Derry GirlsStriking Out, Finding Joy, Your Bad Self, The Clinic, The Stag, Stella Days, Rewind, and Handsome Devil, to name a few. She is also a talented author and has written three number one bestselling novels, Hello Heartbreak, I Wished for You, and her first book for younger people called The Day I Got Trapped in My Brain, which is currently number one in the Irish Children’s publishing charts. She also hosts the award-winning parenting podcast Mamia and Me. The presentation of the award was followed by a very special event ‘In Conversation with Amy Huberman,’ which was hosted by the CEO of the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA), Áine Moriarty. Amy brought her usual charm, wit, and intelligence to the interview and the audience were treated to a truly memorable evening of chat, film and fun.

Another important highlight of KIFF 2022 was the IFTA Networking Event, in association with Screen Kerry, which took place at The Plaza Hotel Killarney on Friday, 21 October. Hosted by IFTA CEO and KIFF Board member, Áine Moriarty, the event highlighted the new opportunities for Kerry and the film work undertaken with the support of Screen Kerry and Kerry County Council. Guests from the world of Film and Television, as well as a variety of Kerry businesspeople attended the event to highlight film business opportunities.

Siobhán O’ Sullivan, Kerry ETB Film Development Officer, gave a vibrant presentation outlining the current film productions shooting in Kerry and the key elements on building the screen sector throughout the county. Speaking at the IFTA networking event Siobhán said: “It has been wonderful to see ‘Tarrac’ and ‘Joyride’ released to the big screen. Both films were shot on location in Kerry and prove the potential that exists to attract many more film productions to the county.”

Additionally, Locations Manager and KIFF Board member, Karl King, who worked on projects such as Joyride and The Crown, also gave an informative presentation on the benefits and opportunities presented by County Kerry as a filming location.

The KIFF 2022 Awards Ceremony took place on Sunday, 23 October in The Great Southern Hotel, Killarney. The ceremony celebrated all aspects of film making and the awards were presented to a number of outstanding film makers, directors, script writers and producers.

Basil Sheerin, Kerry Airport Ireland, presented the Taking Flight Award, celebrating emerging talent in film, sponsored by Kerry Airport, to this year’s worthy recipient Laura O’ Shea and the Best of Kerry Award went to Jessica Courtney Leen who wrote, directed, and acted in her remarkable short film Not My Sister. This year’s Trua Award went to Film Producer and Programmer, Mira Oyetoro who curated an original program of Ukrainian films titled Be Brave Like Ukraine (full list of awards below). After the awards ceremony Pat Shortt showcased his directorial debut via his short film, Warts & All at the screening cinema room at The Great Southern Hotel Killarney. This was followed by a Q&A with Pat Shortt and Producer Lee Crowley.

Full List of KIFF 2022 Award Winners:

  1. KIFF 2022 Maureen O’ Hara Award – Amy Huberman
  2. Best of Kerry - Not My Sister. Director, Jessica Courtney Leen
  3. Best International Narrative Short - WanderLand, Director, Nicole Pott
  4. Best Animation - Before Her Body Left, Director Yuxin Yang
  5. Best Student Short - Sucking Diesel, Director Sam McGrath
  6. Best Original Score - Don't Go Where I Can't Find You, Score by, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garett Sholdice, known as Ergodos
  7. Best Documentary Feature - And Still I Sing, Director Fazila Amiri
  8. Best Documentary Short - My Name Is Joseph, Director Sean Murray
  9. Best Irish Narrative Short - Burn It All, Director, Jack Hickey
  10. Best Narrative Feature - Lakelands. Directors, Robert Higgins and Patrick McGiveny
  11. Screenwriting Award - At the Foot of a Mountain, At the Edge of the World - Eoin Joseph Duncum. Special Recommendation, Sleeper by Gavin McClenaghan
  12. Trua Award - Film Producer and Programmer, Mira Oyetoro
  13. Taking Flight, Rising Talent Award, supported by Kerry Airport. - Laura O’Shea

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