31 July 2021 The Irish Film & Television Network
‘Second to None’ to screen at TIFF 2016
2016-08-10 9:00:00 : Katie McNeice
The ambitious animated short is written and directed by Vincent Gallagher and produced by Damian Farrell.

‘Second To None’ 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 get rid of his brother to do it.

The film enjoyed its world 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.

Vincent's other film ‘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 winning the Grad Prix at the 2015 Cork Film Festival. This project was also nominated in the Short Film category at the 2016 IFTA Film & Drama Awards.

‘Second To None’ uses traditional animation techniques coupled with live action aesthetics and sensibilities. A statement from the FICC jury said, “Playing with the humorous and unpredictable consequences of murderous intent, Second to None, is a smart and lovingly detailed, macabre tale of jealousy and one man's bungled attempts to fulfil his murderous desires. Pleasantly light in touch Second to None is a delightful audience pleaser.”

Commenting on the selection, director Vincent Gallagher said, “I am thrilled that ‘Second To None’ has been selected to screen at TIFF. After such an amazing year for Irish film, it means so much that I get to continue fly the flag at such a prestigious event.”

Second to None was produced with the support of RTÉ and the Irish Film Board.

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