About Kennedy Films
Kennedy Films is a multi- award-winning Irish production company run by Kathryn Kennedy and Frankie Fenton. Our films have succeeded across the globe, premiering at festivals like Sundance, Hot Docs and TIFF, with theatrical releases across the US, Canada, UK and Ireland, and international sales with Amazon, Netflix, Apple TV, iTunes, Volta to name a few.
Kennedy Films has established solid relationships with international producers, directors and funding agencies. Company director and creative producer Kathryn Kennedy has taken part in numerous international producing initiatives, she is a member of ACE, and was the Irish representative at both the Toronto International Film Festival EFP Producer Lab 2016, and the Rotterdam Producer Lab 2013. Our projects in development have been officially selected for market presentation internationally at financing markets such as the highly competitive Sheffield Meet Market 2023, 2020 and 2016, FIN Partners Halifax 2018, Ontario Creates International Financing Forum Toronto 2019, Les Arcs Work in Progress France 2013, the Netherlands Production Platform 2013.
Kennedy Films’ first feature film as majority producer was a co-production between Ireland, Sweden and Norway; 8-time IFTA nominated, My Name is Emily (2015), by writer/director Simon Fitzmaurice. The film is a ground-breaking world-first as Simon Fitzmaurice was physically paralysed with Motor Neuron Disease (ALS), when he wrote and directed the film, solely using his eyes and Tobii eye gaze technology. My Name is Emily is a teenage love story and a road movie, starring Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter) and Michael Smiley (Kill List, A Field in England). It was nominated for 8 Irish Film and Television awards, it won Best Cinematography at the Galway Film Fleadh amongst many other international awards. My Name is Emily had its North American Premiere at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival 2015 and it was released theatrically in cinemas throughout US, Canada, UK and Ireland.
Kennedy Films’ first feature documentary It’s Not Yet Dark, directed by Frankie Fenton, is based on the best-selling book of the same name written by Simon Fitzmaurice, and is narrated by Colin Farrell. It won Best Documentary and Best Cinematography at the Galway Film Fleadh 2016, and was selected for competition and International Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2017.
Kennedy Films has just released feature documentary Atomic Hope: Inside the Pro-Nuclear Movement theatrically across the UK and Ireland in February 2023, receiving 4 stars reviews from The Guardian, Irish Times, The Examiner, The Sunday Independent and the Sunday Times.