Irish film Love is a Sting is in with a chance of Oscar glory after the short was selected as the overall winner at this year’s Cork Film Festival.

As the Grand Prix Irish short film winner, Vincent Gallagher’s production will now be placed on the Academy Awards longlist in the Live Action Short Film/Animated Short Film category.

It also secured a prize fund of €1,500, which was presented last night at the Triskel Christchurch, and will be screened on RTÉ2.

Cork Film Festival, which has just called a wrap on its 60th iteration, achieved the status of Academy Award Qualifying Festival last year, which means it can put productions forward for Oscar nominations.

This year’s winning flick follows struggling writer Harold Finch, played by Séan T Ó Meallaigh, who has an unexpected house guest — a hyper-intelligent mosquito called Anabel who is determined to communicate with Harold, even if it kills her.

Speaking at the Cork Film Festival award ceremony last night, creative director James Mullighan hailed Love is a Sting as an “extraordinary” offering.

“We were proud to show it at the festival and we wish it every success on the long road to the Oscars,” he said. “This year’s short film programme was unprecedented in both quality and quantity.”

Mr Mullighan said there had been a fantastic response to this year’s festival, which is the oldest one in Ireland.

“Audiences were up by more than 25%,” he said. “We had a sell-out night at the Cork Opera House for the Irish premiere of Steve Jobs.”

Another highlight included the Rory Gallagher documentary What’s Going On: Taste Live at the Isle of Wight Festival, which drew a huge crowd and a standing ovation following a question and answer session with Rory’s brother Dónal Gallagher.

Full list of award winners:

  • Grand Prix Irish — Love is a Sting

     

  • Grand Prix International — Listen

    (Finland/Denmark)

  • Cork Short — The Great Wide Open

    Spirit of the Festival — Tangerine

    (US)

  • Cinematic Documentary — The Russian Woodpecker

    (UK/Ukraine)

  • European Parliament LUX Film Prize — Mediterranea

    (US)

  • Youth Jury Award — Aferim!

    (Romania)

  • Festival’s nomination for 2016 European Film Academy — 90 Degrees North

    (Germany)

  • Audience Award — An

    (Japan France/Germany)

  • Irish Music Video Award — Bob Gallagher for Girl Band’s Paul
  • International Music Video Award — Eric Teidt for Simon Fagan’s Lost to the Deep.

     

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