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Industry sessions including panel discussions, in conversation and Q& A sessions.

Killarney Plaza Hotel Sat 21st Oct – 2 – 4pm

13:45 Registration
Registration and coffee/Tea
14:00 Welcome
Welcome with Festival Director, Maeve McGrath
Creative Kerry Abroad
Kerry natives Maura Kelly (Emmy-winning Producer/Purple Mountain Media) and John Flahive (Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect) discuss working abroad in film and media.
Chaired by Alex Fegan
What is your Film Festival Action Plan?
Katie McCullough from Festival Formula will guide you through the vast film festival landscape and offer advice and tips on building a festival profile and action plan.
Chaired by Maeve McGrath- KFF Festival Director
The Feature Length
BIFA Producer Andy McDermott will discuss the making of feature film, LIES WE TELL from development to funding to casting and production.
Chaired by Áine Moriarty – CEO IFTA

Admission to Short Film Market is FREE

Kerry Film Festival
T.A.L.K Bios


Maura Kelly is an Emmy-winning producer, development executive and principal of Purple Mountain Media, a consultancy practice in NY.

A Killarney native, her career spans leadership positions in broadcast television at PBS/ WNET (Executive Producer) where she built media franchises and help raise over $15mm for programming – to working with global companies: The Jim Henson Co, Tile Films, Tribeca Film Institute & PBS Kids.

Maura was elected to the Board of Directors of NY Women in Film (2013-2016). She’s a member of the Writers Guild of America and a contributor to the HuffPost. @MauraKellyMedia


John Flahive emigrated to London in 1987 after studying business at the University of Limerick. After some years working in accountancy and then for the British Film Institute, he now runs Wavelength Pictures, his own film distribution and production company.

John is the producer of documentary Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect

Katie McCullough is the founder of Festival Formula Ltd, a consultancy company focusing on filmmakers covering festival strategy. We create personalised festival strategies taking into account length, production values, genre, stories in front and behind the camera, and budget limitations.
With over 13 years plus experience she’s hosted workshops and seminars for a broad range of audiences including: Encounters Film Festival, Shooting People, East End Film Festival, Independent Cinema Office, Cork Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, BFI Flare, Glasgow Short Film Festival, LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, FilmFest Dresden, and many training events at the BFI Southbank.
The company was recently a co-sponsor of Screen International events at Berlinale and Cannes 2017.

Andy McDermott is an independent writer and producer. His involvement with the broadcast and entertainment industry started in radio 30 years ago, he then went on to manage a number of successful media companies.
He has a wide range of expertise in media marketing and copywriting and has more recently focused on writing feature film screenplays and production full time.
Andy is the producer on LIES WE TELL which will have its Irish premiere at Kerry Film Festival.