Uncommon milestone for 'Sparrow'

05 Apr, 2019
Still from SPARROW short film

Professor Welby Ings' film Sparrow, has reached an uncommon milestone among short films.

It has been honoured with its 50th international juried film festival selection at the 51st Fotogramma d’Oro Short Film Festival. The festival will take place in Messina, Italy from 22 – 25 May 2019.

Sparrow has also now accrued 11 international awards.

The film tells the true story of a small boy who believes he can fly. However, his life is overshadowed by the legend of his grandfather who died a hero in World War 2. One night, he discovers the tale that his father so adamantly clings to, is a lie. His grandfather was a gay man who, upon seeing the futility of war, deserted in protest when his lover was shot in the dugouts of Egypt. In unravelling the truth behind what happened, the boy discovers the strength to stand up to the bullies in his world in an unexpected way.

Sparrow teaser trailer

In the next few weeks, Sparrow will show at the following places:

  • 3rd Jaipur Film World Festival, India (April 5-7)
  • 5th International Motion Festival, Cyprus (May 6-9)
  • Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival, Calgary, Canada (May 23)
  • 51st Fotogramma d'Oro Short Film Festival, Messina, Italy. (May 22 – 25)
  • 6th Mind The Indie Film Festival, Plovidv, Bulgaria (June 14)
  • 11th Shanghai PRIDE Film Festival (8-16 June)
  • Quarantine Film Festival Varna, Bulgaria (2-6 July)

Watch Welby discuss his film-making process

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