The Filmbase and RTÉ-funded short film, Love is a Sting, is up for an IFTA Award for Best Short Film this coming Saturday 9th of April. Vincent Gallagher’s film 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. She will attempt to do so now even if it kills her, and will teach Harold that sometimes the smallest voice can make the biggest noise.

Love is a Sting is written by Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary,  narrated by Irish actor Ciarán Hinds and stars Sean T. Ó’Meallaigh.

The film, which  is a mix of live action and animation, began its festival run last October and has already won numerous awards, including Best Short Film at both the Clones Film Festival and the Waterford Film Festival, along with the Audience Award at the Richard Harris International Film Festival.

In November, Love is a Sting won the Grand Prix Irish Short at the 60th Cork Film Festival, putting it on the longlist for the Academy Awards in 2017. “We are absolutely delighted with the response our film has gotten so far”, says producer Ian Hunt Duffy, “Getting nominated for an IFTA was an honour. Everyone did an incredible job on Love is a Sting so it’s great to see all of their hard work being recognised.”

Love is a Sting will have its North American Premiere on April 9th at the Cleveland International Film Festival, followed by screenings at the Newport Beach Film Festival and Belfast Film Festival later this month.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/loveisasting.


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