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Kerry FF Showcases Irish Shorts in Soho
28 Jul 2010 :
Granny O'Grimm to screen
The Kerry Film Festival (KFF), which this year celebrates its 11th anniversary, has partnered with the upcoming Rushes Soho Short Film Festival in an effort to promote Irish short films. This partnership is to be the first of many international partnerships the KFF is looking to set up as a means of promoting Irish shorts.
P>London’s Rushes Soho Shorts Festival 2010, which takes place from Wednesday, 21st of July to Friday, 30th July, will play host to six films from KFF 2009 at a number of venues throughout the city in the form of a non-competitive showcase of Irish talent in the field of short filmmaking. It is one of KFF’s partner festivals and received a DVD compilation of the best of Irish short films from KFF. From this initial contact the programmers at Soho picked said short films to screen. “It’s great that these films will screen in London as it offers fantastic exposure for both the filmmakers and for the Kerry Film Festival,” said director of KFF, Jason O’ Mahony. “This is our first year partnering with the Soho Shorts Festival and we’re hoping that it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship! We’re also delighted for the selected filmmakers because it’s a ringing endorsement of their films!”

Irish filmmaker, Declan Cassidy who won the festival prize last year for ‘Whatever Turns You On’ has praised the work of the festival for its promotion of Irish film saying: “The award I won there has commanded a lot of respect in promoting the film to industry and other festivals. But it didn't stop there. Festival Director, Jason O' Mahony, has forged an extremely impressive network with other festivals and he worked tirelessly to promote my film to them. As a result my film played in a number of festivals it would not have otherwise reached and, to my surprise and delight, the film picked up another award at one of these in Italy. Kerry Film Festival is the kind of festival you want to go back to again and again.”

The films selected for the KFF Irish showcase include ‘Cardboard Boy’, which was directed by young Kerry filmmaker, Kelley O’Sullivan. Also included are ‘Uncle Bill’s Barrel’ by Eoin Ryan; the animation ‘It’s All About George’ by Roy Lecane & Don Field, which recently won a festival award at the Chicago Irish Film Festival; ‘God and Napoleon’ by Ciaran Deeney; ‘Long is the Way’ by Eoin Heaney and the Oscar nominated, ‘Granny O’Grimms’ Sleeping Beauty’, by Nicky Phelan.

Where competitive screenings of Irish projects are concerned both ‘The Pool’ from Thomas Hefferon (Loose Change) and ‘Cold Turkey’ by Gavin Keane have been officially selected for the event’s International category. The title sequence from TG4 series ‘Na Cloigne’ has also been selected to compete at the festival in the Broadcast Design group.

The KFF short films screened on Friday, July 23rd and will screen again on Tuesday 27th July at 1.00pm in the Tenderproduct Basement and on Thursday 29th of July at 2.00pm also in Curzon Soho. Other international festivals which will screen the KFF selected shorts will be announced in due course. For more information about the KFF screenings visit www.kerryfilmfestival.com. The Rushes Soho Short Film Festival runs from the 21st to the 31st of July, for more information visit www.rushes.co.uk.

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