UCLan graduate, Mark Gill, has been nominated for an Oscar Academy award for a short-film that he directed.
His film, The Voorman Problem, is one of five nominated in the Live-Action Short Films category.
Gill, who graduated in 2004 with a degree in Film Production, now owns his own production company in Manchester.
He found out about his nomination whilst at work. Speaking to the Independent, he said; “I was the first to find out. I shouted out. We all went a bit crazy.”
The Voorman Problem is a 12 minute feature, following a psychiatrist who visits a prison inmate who believes he is a god.
The Hobbit’s Martin Freeman stars in the film, which Gill started making in 2008, when he met producer Baldwin Li.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aNyXNYeiwA
The Oscar shortlist isn’t the only recognition Gill has received. The film has already won 4 awards, and received a nomination at the 2013 BAFTA’s.
He will fly to Hollywood in March, to find out if he has won the prestigious award.
During his degree at Preston, Gill also won a Royal Television Society award for Best Student Documentary.
The North-west based director is keen to succeed outside of London. “We’ve sidestepped the pull of London,” he said. “We’ve proved you can do it outside of the capital.”