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The trailer for the latest film by Jon Wright, director of the Irish cult class Grabbers has arrived and it continues that film’s spirit of strange local horrors. Reuniting the creative team behind that creature feature, Unwelcome hints at something strange going on just beyond the woods of a home of a young British couple, a home in which you could say they are…un…wanted.

 

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The blended approach to film festivals has been embraced here in Ireland, with some of our biggest celebrations of film now able to offer screenings to a wider and more accessible audience. That trend is set to continue this month, as the Kerry International Film Festival have this evening announced. KIFF 2021 will be taking place 14 – 17 October 2021 and will present a blended film festival that promotes and showcases film and filmmaking talent across 15 in person physical events and 30 online screenings.

 

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The Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) have announced that American film producer and current president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, will be the recipient of their Maureen O’ Hara award for the 2021 edition of the festival this October.

 

In 2020, the award celebrating women in the film industry was awarded to Kerry’s own, actress Jessie Buckley. In advance of this year’s KIFF, one of the most renowned producers in Hollywood has been confirmed as the next to receive the festival’s honour.

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The Irish Film Institute’s online Archive Player is a key resource in their efforts to preserve and celebrate the history and variety of Irish film. Newly revamped, the IFI Archive Player has a fantastic collection of bits, bobs and brilliance, including the launch yesterday of the F-Rated Collection, a curated selection of short films by Irish women.

 
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Irish director Rachel Carey’s Dublin-based comedy Deadly Cuts is coming soon and a new trailer is out now. The film will hit cinemas nationwide this 8th October.

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The latest short film by Irish director Megan K. Fox now has an online release. The director of The Shift, Calling Home and more has been a regular on the Irish festival circuit over the last few years, and after similar success at festivals over the last year, Cailín Álainn is out now to view online.

 

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We’re so used to seeing international cinema get remade in the States in one form or another that we barely blink an eye these days, even when it’s a film relatively successful with mainstream audiences, like Parasite. For film fans it can be a frustrating process – the one inch barrier shouldn’t be that hard to climb over – but an interesting development has now seen an Irish movie optioned for its own English-language remake. As reported on ScreenDaily by Irish media writer Esther McCarthy, Arracht has been optioned for a remake by a US company.

 

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An Irish short released next Wednesday will take an innovative approach to the pandemic, both in subject matter and assembly. Masks will be released on Wednesday, August 11th.

Masks is a new short film by Dublin filmmaker Conor Tobin, a dreamlike piece which captures some of the complex and paradoxical feelings born out of the pandemic experience.

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The Kerry International Film Festival have announced a new submission category for their festival, to develop a wider range of stories and experiences. The ‘All Abilities’ category now open for the 2021 edition of the festival aims to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and the artistic expressions of people with, or from people of, different abilities and disabilities.
 

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