The Filmbase/RTÉ film Love is a Sting has won two awards at the Clones Film Festival and the Richard Harris International Film Festival. Both festivals ran from the 22nd to the 25th of October with Love is a Sting winning the Best Short Film and Audience Awards respectively.

This marks the official start of the festival run for Love is a Sting. Having previewed at The Galway Film Fleadh in July, the film got the attention of renowned Irish actor Ciar√°n Hinds (Game of Thrones) who joined the cast as The Narrator.

Directed by Vincent Gallagher (Burning Wishes), written by Benjamin Cleary (Stutterer) and produced by Ian Hunt Duffy and Fail Safe Films (Small Time, The Note), Love is a Sting tells the story of a struggling children’s book writer named Harold Finch. At his lowest point, Harold gains an unexpected houseguest in the form of Anabel, an ageing hyper-intelligent mosquito. Anabel has literally been the fly on the wall throughout history, but has never managed to communicate with a human being. Until now.

Narrated by Ciarán Hinds and starring Seán T. Ó Meallaigh (An Klondike), with an appearance from Barry Murphy (Après Match), the film is an exciting mix of live-action and animation.

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[quote title=”Vincent Gallagher – Director”]We always knew that Love is a Sting was going to be more ambitious than most short films. We had a total of 77 VFX shots, 12 more than Jurassic Park, so it was a real labour of love![/quote]

[quote title=”Ian Hunt Duffy – Producer”]We really felt the story deserved a great actor to narrate it‚Äù, says producer, ‚ÄúSo we were delighted to get Ciar√°n Hinds on board. He just brings such gravitas and emotion to the piece.[/quote]

The film will next screen at the Cork Film Festival, Waterford Film Festival, and Leeds International Film Festival in November. For more information visit the film’s Facebook page.

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