Kerry Film Festival (KFF) is an internationally recognised short film festival which takes place in Killarney, Co. Kerry from 19th - 22nd October 2017.

KFF is renowned for celebrating the work of young filmmaking talent through a well established and lively short film competition that has been supported and endorsed by luminaries from the world of film such as Cillian Murphy, director Paul Greengrass, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, and Gabriel Byrne. Over the past 17 years KFF 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.

The introduction of the Short Film Market in 2016 cemented the festival as an important event on the film festival schedule. Partnerships with Screen Training Ireland and IFTA in 2016 encouraged film makers to network with industry partners and support the short film art form.

The KFF programme in 2016 included three Irish feature films including two Kerry feature premieres and the festival has introduced submissions for feature film to the Kerry Film Festival for the first time due to overwhelming demand.

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Awards & Prizes

Kerry Film Festival, which takes place from 19th to 22nd October, is now inviting entries for its short film competition in the following categories:


KFF 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". Four short films that screened at KFF in 2016 are nominated for the IFTA awards in 2017.

Emerging filmmakers are at the core of the Kerry 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.

Filmmakers will have the chance for their work to be seen by a prestigious panel of adjudicators which has in recent years included leading lights such as Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary, Sundance Grand Jury prize winner, Jim Cummings, Directors Lenny Abrahamson and Paul Greengrass and Producer Finola Dwyer.

For the first time, the Kerry Film Festival is accepting submissions for Feature Films to screen at the festival in 2017. Feature films will be screened out of competition and it is important to note that programme slots for feature films are limited.

Rules & Terms

Final deadline for open submissions is extended to 21st July 2017 for all categories.

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.

For the Made in Kerry Connection programme we would like to know about the Kerry link to your film. Is your editor from Kerry? Was your film made in Kerry. Tell us!

Please let us know if your film has an original score. Add a note in the cover letter. We have an award for Best Original Score!

KFF only accepts short films of NO LONGER than 20 minutes. (Including titles & credits)
Feature Films must be 60 minutes or over.
Films, not in the English language must have subtitles.

Only films completed after July 2016 will be accepted for KFF 2017.

The selection and scheduling of all films screened at KFF 2017 is entirely at the discretion of the Festival Director and the Judging Panel.

Due to the large amount of submissions received KFF cannot enter into any discussion regarding films that are not selected for the 2017 edition of the festival. In 2017, 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 KFF website and in the media.

The screening format for short film at KFF is DCP only. If selected the festival will request a DCP.

If a DCP is unavailable 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. 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.

KFF 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, KFF reserve the right to withdraw selection for KFF17.

All winning short films will be included on a compilation after the festival to be used for PR and exhibition purposes at KFF partner festivals. Please notify KFF in writing with your submission if you do not wish to be included in the post-festival compilation opportunity offered to winners. For a full list of partner festivals please contact KFF.

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 KFF implies allowing broadcasting on Irish and foreign televisions and on the Internet (extracts limited to and not exceeding 3 mins) for the purpose of promoting the festival.

Final deadline for open submissions is 21st July 2017 for all film categories. Due to the multi-location structure of KFF, accepted short films may be presented at more than one screening during the festival. Filmmakers will be informed of screening times and locations on completion of the 2017 programme.


KFF does not pay screening fees. We request that applicants submit to Kerry Film Festival only through the FilmFreeway portal. We do not accept DVD's, online links by email etc. The festival has a small seasonal staff and we are not in a position to accept submissions in any other way than FilmFreeway. This allows our judging panel to view and select films in a fair manner.

On submitting to the festival the applicant understands that he/she has 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.

7 Reviews

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    Hugh O'Donoghue

    I love the Kerry Film Festival. I go every year without fail. It really bolsters the community and brings a great influx of culture and people at a time when Kerry needs it.

    July 2017
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    Maureen OConnell

    It was awesme! Thanks, Mo Xx

    May 2017
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    anthony breatnach

    Wonderful festival in a lovely town with top notch presentation. Many thanks to the KFF team and Maeve McGrath. Great opportunity for networking, a must for all filmmakers considering attending.

    Rob and Anto - Black Steam Films

    December 2016
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    Paul Dolan

    A really warm and welcoming festival that made everybody who was selected feel like an important part of the team. The festival director was really friendly and spoke with everybody throughout the 4 days of films and fun. Though I didn't move in "Film Making" Circles I felt really at home with such a friendly festival. The standard of films screened was excellent and when you had your festival credentials around your neck you felt like a King as the festival is setup to really reward all the film makers with lots of free access to screenings and workshops. I would highly recommend submitting and traveling to this festival in the most beautiful part of Ireland.

    December 2016
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    Sinéad O'Loughlin

    Great festival. The Short Film Market was fantastic, the social side was great so lots of opportunities to meet others and the range of films screened was fantastic. Staff were great to lovely to deal with and so accomodating even though I arrived last minute after an airport delay. Can't recommend it enough.

    November 2016