Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) is an internationally recognised film festival and Kerry's largest film festival which takes place in Killarney, Co. Kerry in October.

KIFF's 2020 online festival reach just over 15K+ streams across our multiple platforms. The 2021 event was the 22nd edition of the festival and rans from 14th -17th October 2021 as a blended festival with in person and online events.

KIFF 2022 will run from Oct 20 - 23.
The format (online, physical or a blended festival) of the event is still to be confirmed.

KIFF is dedicated to bringing new cultural experiences through film to a Kerry audience. Through our annual Film Festival, our goal is to create new and diverse film experiences, create a hub of film creativity & appreciation by champion the work of local and international filmmakers, both established and emerging.
We pride ourself on clear communication, always being open with our filmmakers and being a supportive home for first time filmmakers, emerging filmmakers and new festival goers.

Over the past 23 years KIFF has become a vital element of Kerry’s cultural landscape offering a unique film experience to the local community as well as creating a ‘must attend’ cultural tourism event for visitors to the county.

KIFF is renowned for celebrating and supporting the work of emerging filmmaking talent through a well established short film competition that has been supported and endorsed by luminaries from the world of film such as Cillian Murphy, Paul Greengrass, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, and Gabriel Byrne.

Our feature film selection continues to grow and we are truly excited by debut, independent and/or Irish new Irish.

Partnerships with Screen Ireland, IFTA, Film Network Ireland and KETB Film Office help KIFF provide an exciting industry line up of talks panels and networking events. All in aid of supporting the medium of film and filmmakers.

KIFF 2020 was proud to present its 21st edition of the festival online. Our online streaming platform is a secure, geo-locked, paywalled site, powered by shift72, providing a professional and user friendly service.
And our 2020 festival saw over 15K+ streams across our multiple platforms.

PLEASE NOTE: We welcome filmmakers of all abilities. An accessible and inclusive experience is at the forefront of our programming.

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Kerry International Film Festival, which takes place in October 2021, is now inviting entries for competition in the following categories:


With possible edits and additions to come.

KIFF has previously featured successful shorts such as the Oscar® short-listed “Head over Heels” in 2012 and the 2014 Oscar® winner “Mr Hublot” and 2016 Oscar® winner "STUTTERER". '

The Silent Child' which screened at the 2017 festival won the short narrative film category at the 2018 Oscar® ceremony. In 2019, two of the five films nominated at the Academy Awards screened at the 2018 festival - MOTHER and DETAINMENT.

KIFF 2019 saw the screening of Oscar® nominee CORPUS CHRISTI and SXSW winner THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON.

Emerging filmmakers are at the core of the Kerry International Film Festival programme, with the short film competition geared towards showcasing their work and bringing it to a wider audience both at home and throughout a growing network of partner festivals across the globe.

KIFF continues its annual collaboration with Kerry County Council, The Arts Council, and KETB in screening the successful Kerry Film Bursary winner.

Filmmakers will have the chance for their work to be seen by a prestigious panel of adjudicators which has in recent years included Academy Award-Nominated Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly, Academy Award-Winner Benjamin Cleary, Sundance Grand Jury prize-winner Jim Cummings, Academy Award-Nominated Directors Lenny Abrahamson and Paul Greengrass, and Producer Finola Dwyer.


By submitted to 2022's edition of KIFF you are agreeing to a possible online and or physical screening of your work. The programming team will discuss this in more detail nearer to the event but refunds will not be issues if you do not wish to screen the film online.

Each submission must be accompanied by a HIGH RES STILL IMAGE (not a poster image) and a 15 WORD SYNOPSIS. Please include a cover note if possible. We are keen to know more about you and your film.

Please submit to ONE category ONLY per film. If you wish us to note an additional category for your film, please use the cover note section to tell us!

For the Kerry Connection programme we would like to clearly know about the Kerry link to your film. What is your link to the Kingdom? Was your film made in Kerry? The more information, the better.

Please let us know if your film has an original score (add a note in the cover letter) as we have an award for Best Original Score.

Withdrawal will only be refunded if requested within in two weeks from being submitted.

Students, please submit to the student category for all genres of film.

KIFF only accepts short films of NO LONGER than 30 minutes. (Including titles & credits)
Feature Films must be 55 minutes or over.

Films not in the English language must have subtitles.

The selection and scheduling of all films screened at KIFF 2021 is entirely at the discretion of the Festival Director and the Judging Panel.

Due to the large amount of submissions received KIFF cannot enter into any discussion regarding films that are not selected for the 2020 edition of the festival. In 2021, the festival is unable to send personal emails regarding films that are not selected and notification regarding the status of selection will be made via FilmFreeway notification.

Selected films will be announced on the KIFF website and in the media.

Short Film Screening Files: (Once Selected)

If selected the festival will request a ProRes 422 or ProRes LT Quicktime file with the following specifications only:

Frame size - 1920 x 1080
Frame rate - 24fps or 25fps

Audio 48khz 24bit stereo or 5.1


A H.264 file with the following specifications:
Frame size - 1920 x 1080
Frame rate - 24fps or 25fps
Bit rate - 12000kbps to 35000kbps.

Audio 48khz 24bit stereo

If selected, any web links used to transfer accepted formats should remain active until we have confirmed that we have downloaded and tested the film. Alternative versions will be required where it is evident that the technical requirements are not being met.

Please watch the file of your film IN FULL before sending to us. Our DCP technician will not be able to check your file for errors. Failure to adhere to the technical requirements may result in films not being screened.

Screening format for FEATURE FILMS will be DCP only and must be provided by the APPLICANT if selected.

KIFF will liaise with the filmmaker regarding screening formats after final decisions have been taken. Please check the email you submit your film with regularly. This is the method we will use to contact you. If there is no response to our emails, KIFF reserve the right to withdraw selection.

Images and press packs will be requested upon selection. These will be used for promotional purposes not limited to press, online media, television, radio and any other media platform.

Television and Internet broadcasting: Taking part in KIFF implies allowing broadcasting on Irish and foreign televisions and on the Internet (extracts limited to and not exceeding 1 min) for the purpose of promoting the festival.

KIFF does not pay screening fees for submitted work.

We request that applicants submit to Kerry International Film Festival only through the FilmFreeway portal. We do not accept DVDs, online links by email or social media messages etc. The festival has a small seasonal staff and we are not in a position to accept submissions in any other way. This allows our judging panel to view and select films in a fair manner.

All the films are watched by the panel and the judges make the final decision. There is no audience award at Kerry International Film Festival.

If entering your film to KIFF you must have the authority and licence for any music soundtrack on/in your film. You and/or the artists who own the music and/or their representatives waive rights to claim royalties from KIFF for screening selected films.

On submitting to the festival the applicant understands that he/she/they has a legal right to submit the film including ensuring all clearances have been obtained. By submitting to the festival the applicant agrees to the rules and terms.


Submission Rules:

All scripts to be submitted in English or Irish, maximum 15 pages, via FilmFreeway only.

Must be original work of the author(s) and on date of submission must be wholly owned and controlled by author(s).

If the script has been sold, currently under option, is being produced, or is in any other way encumbered by a third party on the date of submission, the script is not eligible.  If a script is optioned, sold or produced after it has been entered, it is eligible

Only original screenplays are eligible.  Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments and spec scripts for other media are not accepted.

Adaptations of books, plays or any other source materials written by another author are not eligible under any circumstances.  A script adapted from your own book, play or other source material is eligible if you have retained all rights to the property.

Once a script has been entered into the completion, under no circumstances will substitutions of new draft or corrected pages be accepted.  Revised drafts must be entered as a new submission.

Author(s) to be 18 years or older on date of submission.

Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed.

Only the selected finalists will be individually notified and a list will be on the website and social media platforms  We regret we are unable to provide individual feedback on your submission.


- Winner Trophy
-Access All Areas Pass to the 2022 Kerry International Film Festival Screening
-Mentoring Opportunities with Industry Professionals
-A rehearsed reading of the script (covid permitting)

Overall Rating
  • As a proud Kerry man myself I was honoured to have my film Fate's Game screened as part of the Kerry connection program at my hometown of Killarney's, Cinema!

    May 2022
  • Shane O'Regan

    Absolutely incredible festival. Organisers were so quick to respond and communication was flawless. I was so delighted to have my debut film shown here and it couldn’t have gone smoother.

    December 2021
  • Kamila Dydyna

    Wonderful, supportive and exceptionally well-organised festival - thank you so much for welcoming and awarding my film 'Debutante'! I can't wait for next year's festival already!

    November 2021
  • Matthew Nevin

    A Fantastic Supportive Festival. Highly recommend everyone to attend and watch their films and for filmmakers to submit their film.

    October 2021
  • James Doherty

    Great festival, welcoming vibe and great selection of shorts and features!

    October 2021