Vincent Gallagher’s short film Love is a Sting has won the Jury’s Transcendence Award at the Savannah Film Festival. In addition to that prestigious award the¬†director also won the Best Animated Short Award for Second To None.

Love is a Sting tells the story of struggling children’s book writer Harold Finch, who gains an unexpected house guest in the form of an ageing, hyper-intelligent mosquito named Anabel. The film is narrated by Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones) and stars Seán T. Ó Meallaigh (An Klondike). Love is a Sting was produced by Ian Hunt Duffy for Fail Safe Films and received funding from RTE/Filmbase.

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Second To None had its International Premiere at TIFF 2016. The short film is the only Irish short selected amongst 41 international films in the Short Cuts category. The film tells the story of Frederick Butterfield, a failed inventor who has always played second fiddle to his mere one minute older twin brother Herman. When Herman becomes the world’s oldest man, Frederick finally sees his opportunity to be first place. He’ll just have to kill his brother to do it.

Written and directed by Gallagher and produced by Damian Farrell, Second To None had its World Premiere at the 2016 Galway Film Fleadh where it picked up both the James Horgan Award for Best Animated Short and the Don Quijote Award for Best Animation. The former is Academy Award Qualifying, which sees Second To None in consideration for the 2017 Oscars in the short film (animated) category. Love is a Sting, written by Oscar winner Benjamin Cleary (Stutterer) is also in consideration for the 2017 Oscars in the short film (live action) category after successfully winning the Grad Prix at the 2015 Cork Film Festival.

The Savannah Film Festival is one of the premiere film festivals in the USA, with more than 50,000 people attending the eight-day festival each year. This year it screened Oscar favourites La-La Land, Loving, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight.

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