KIFF 2020 Team
Formally the manager of IndieCork and Irish Film London, Eibh, as well as being Head of Programming
for KIFF, is the short film programmer for the Oscar-qualifying Galway Film Fleadh and the Deputy Director
for Irish Screen America. Eibh is also a pre-selector for a collection of International festivals including
Encounters Short Film Festival.
Declan Mc Steen
A loose canon maverick who utilizes ruthless and unconventional methods to get the job done, in the
murky world of arts administration.
Sean is a festivals, events and venues consultant, specializing in arts, entertainment & hospitality sectors.
Formally the operations manager of the INEC in Killarney, Sean has helped roll out many successful festivals
over the last few years including KIFF, Carlow Arts Festival and the Five Lamps Arts Festival. He also works
closely with Kerry County Council to deliver their annual countywide Culture Night celebrations.
Nicola O’ Sullivan
Nicola (MPRII) is an experienced PR and Marketing professional with over 16 years experience. Recently
returned to her home county of Kerry, Nicola has a proven track record in creating and implementing
successful and bespoke events and campaigns through strategic planning, media relations, creative PR,
marketing and social media. Her clients include Brown Thomas, The Press Up Entertainment Group,
Little Island Books, Tower Records, and now us!
Graphic Design and Festival Technician
KIFF Board of Management
Grace O’ Donnell
A former Town Councillor and Mayor of Tralee, Grace always championed the arts in her time on the Council
and continues to do so. A proud Kerry girl, she has been active in social issues and politics since her
early teens. With a great interest in all things cultural Grace joined the board of KIFF as a director a
number of years ago and is Chairperson of the Board for the last 4 years. Although not an expert in film
Grace has always been an enthusiastic and dedicated supporter of the Kerry International Film Festival.
Grace now works with 321 Down Syndrome Kerry Charity Shop and also runs her own tourism business
Hidden Kerry. Grace has watched the film festival go from strength over the years and looks forward to
working with the team at Kerry International Film festival for many more years to come.
Ailbhe’s Run & Jump, was selected as part of the Berlin Talent Campus Script Station and the Sundance
Institute’s Lab. Directed by Oscar-nominated Steph Green, it premiered at Tribeca in 2012. Doughnut is
due to go into production in 2021, directed by the Emmy award-winning Emer Reynolds, who is a Maureen
O’ Hara award recipient. Sunlight will be shot in April 2021 as part of Screen Ireland’s inaugural POV scheme.
Ailbhe was selected as one of two Irish participants on Guiding Lights 8 and was under the mentorship
of Alex Garland.
Ailbhe lives in Castlegregory. She has worked extensively with teenagers from diverse backgrounds, using
film as a medium to explore issues in their lives.
Áine Moriarty is the founder and Chief Executive of the Irish Film & Television Academy (www.ifta.ie)
est. in 2003 which has 1,140 Members of Irish industry professionals and runs an Educational Programme
of c. 50 events annually including the John Ford Ireland – Film Symposium. She has Executive Produced
17 x IFTA Awards Ceremonies; is a founding member of the Film Academies Network of Europe; and lectured
annually at the Digital MEDIA Business School in Spain for five years.
Áine founded the IFTN Network (www.iftn.ie) in 1995 and previously was manager of
Film Ireland Magazine for 3 years. She is a member of the Audiovisual Federation of Ireland: Member of the
Film Steering Group Kerry.
Aileen Garvey, our newest board member, is based in Killarney and is a native of Dingle, County Kerry.
Having graduated from the University of Limerick with a degree in Law & European studies, followed by
postgraduate studies in Business Administration at Blackhall Place, she pursed a career in Dublin working
with Porter Morris solicitors and Matheson solicitors.
Since returning to Kerry, Aileen has been an active supporter and patron of Kerry International Film Festival
and the Arts.