NEW ROLE: Eibh Collins has been named as the new Head of Programming for Kerry Film Festival which takes place in Killarney this October.

A new Head of Programming has been announced for this year’s Kerry Film Festival – which is celebrating its 20th year.

Eibh Collins, a hugely experienced film programmer both at home and abroad, will bring a wealth of creativity and fun to this year’s festival planned to take place in Killarney from October 17 to 20.

The programme will be announced on October 4 at a launch ceremony in Killarney House & Gardens, Killarney National Park.

Grace O’Donnell, Chair of the Kerry Film Festival, this week welcomed Eibh to the team.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming such an experienced, passionate and highly regarded professional to the festival to kick off its third decade of bringing the best in new Irish and world cinema to the people of Kerry and Ireland,” Grace said.

“Eibh brings with her creative vision and vast experience of the international film industry and film festival circuit. We are excited to have such a strong voice for Irish Cinema and one of the top young female professionals in the industry curating the festival for our 20th edition and beyond.”

Eibh began working with Ireland’s leading film festival, The Galway Film Fleadh, in 2010. After working in film, fringe, live arts, LGBT and documentary film festivals domestically, Eibh began working at International Irish Film Festivals across Europe and the US.

In 2013, aged just 21, she became manager at both Irish Film London and Indie Cork Festival.

In 2016, Eibh began programming short films internationally and touring her curated selection of Irish shorts programmes.

Over the duration of 2019, she has been the Short Film Programmer for the Oscar-qualifying Galway Film Fleadh, joined the team at Encounters Festival and is currently the Deputy Director of Irish Screen America, while curating several international programmes and events for a number of festivals including Torino Film Market in Turin, Italy.

“I am thrilled with this opportunity to work with such a highly regarded and established festival,” Eibh said. “I truly just want to create a supportive and exciting space for filmmakers, both emerging and established, to attend what is sure to be a very special weekend.”

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