Irish short film “Love is a Sting“ has a chance of Oscars® glory, after being selected as the Grand Prix Irish short film winner at the Awards Ceremony of the 60th Cork Film Festival, principally funded by the Arts Council.
Vincent Gallagher’s film will go forward to the Academy Awards® longlist to be considered next for the 89th Academy Awards in the Live Action Short Film category. The Cork Film Festival achieved the status of Academy Award® Qualifying Festival last year
The film follows struggling writer Harold Finch, played by Séan T. Ó Meallaigh, who has an unexpected house guest in the form of Anabel – a
hyper-intelligent mosquito who has literally been the fly on the wall throughout history. She is determined to communicate to Harold even if it kills her.
The €1,500 euro prize from RTÉ Cork was presented at the Triskel Christchurch by Bill Malone, Channel Controller of RTÉ2. The
short will also be screened on RTÉ2 as part of the prize. RTÉ was the Festival’s new Principal Partner this year.
The 60th edition of the Cork Film Festival has drawn to a close after ten event-packed days which drew crowds from home and abroad.
Speaking at the Awards Ceremony, the Festival’s Creative Director James Mullighan said “’Love is a Sting’ is an extraordinary film
which we were proud to show at the Festival and we wish it every success on the long road to the Oscars®. This year’s Short Film program was
unprecedented in both quality and quantity and we look forward to showcasing even more Irish talent at next year’s Festival.”
He continued: “There has been a fantastic response to the special program created to celebrate the 60th edition of the Festival. Audiences
were up by more than 25%. We had a sell-out night at the Cork Opera House for the Irish premiere of Steve Jobs. We were delighted that some niche
events also enjoyed sell-out success. The beautiful ‘Hand Gestures’ documentary at the National Sculpture Factory as well as ‘Tangerine’ –
entirely shot on an i-phone – were two of the ten events that packed out their venues.
Demand for some of the sell-out films was so high that we arranged second screenings during the week. ‘Tangerine’ along with the wonderful
documentaries ‘Older Than Ireland‘ and ‘My Love, Don’t Cross That River,’ and the German feature ‘Victoria,’ each played twice to
A highlight of the week was the Rory Gallagher documentary ‘What’s Going On: Taste Live at the Isle of Wight Festival,’ which drew a huge house and
a standing ovation at the Cork Opera House for the entertaining and moving Q&A session with Rory’s brother Dónal Gallagher and Hot Press founder Niall
Other prize winners announced at the closing ceremony included “Listen.” The Finland/Denmark-made short film was chosen as the winner of the Grand
Prix International and was on the Oscars ®longlist this year. “Listen” takes place in a Copenhagen police station where a woman wearing a
burqa is filing a complaint for domestic violence but her translator is unwilling to report her story.
The Irish Jury also selected Ciarán Dooley’s “The Great Wide Open” as the winner of the Cork Short Film award. The ten minute film warmed up the
packed Closing Night Gala audience, who came in droves to watch Todd Haynes’s acclaimed drama “Carol.”
The US feature “Tangerine” won the €1,500 prize for best feature film; Gradam Spiorad na Féile / Spirit of the Festival Award. The jury this year
was chaired by Irish filmmaker Gerard Stembridge.
Sean Baker’s feature is a twisted, high-energy Christmas tale, which casts an unflinching and comical eye on L.A’s sex industry and trans community.
UK / Ukranian documentary “The Russian Woodpecker” was selected as the winner of the inaugural Gradam na Féile do Scannáin Faisnéise / Award for
Cinematic Documentary. Described as an original and terrifying look at the legacy of the Soviet Union, it was directed by Chad Gracia. This new award,
which carries a €1,000 prize, was chosen by a jury chaired by Claire Aguilar, Sheffield DocFest’s Director of Programming and Industry Engagement.
The Festival also inaugurated two new music video awards this year. The Irish Music Video Award went to Bob Gallagher for Girl Band’s “Paul” whilst
the International Music Video Award went to Eric Teidt for Simon Fagan’s “Lost to the Deep.”
Jonas Carpignano’s acclaimed “Mediterranea” – a gripping and humanizing film about the refugee crisis – was
chosen as the Cork nomination to the European Parliament’s LUX Film Prize.
Romanian feature film “Aferim!” – Radu Jude’s Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear winner – won the Youth Jury Award. Naomi Kawase’s drama “An”
– about a 75 year old Japanese woman who starts work as an assistant in a pastry kiosk – was selected as the winner of the Audience Award, presented by the
River Lee Hotel. “An” was screened as part of one of several new food-themed events, the sell-out Fab Food Trail.