DAISY Jacobs dreams of one day becoming a director to rival Steven Spielberg.
And the 23-year-old is on the road to fame after being named as a finalist in a nationwide short film competition.
Daisy is one of just 12 people in the UK who is a finalist in Virgin Media shorts.
Her film will now go on to be judged by actor John Hurt and directors Paul Greengrass and Mat Whitecross.
If she wins, she will be rewarded with £30,000 in funding to make her next film with the British Film Institute.
‘That would be brilliant,’ she said.
‘I made my short film with no budget but it would be limitless to what you could create if you did have a budget.
‘This is what I think about all day long. It’s all I want to do.
‘I can create anything I want and I can tell any story and it seems to be that other people are interested in that.
‘I didn’t think anybody would be interested in my silly stories. I do it for myself.
‘It’s nice to know that other people have the same sense of humour and like the same things that I do.’
The film, called Don Justino de Neve, tells the story of one man, his dog and his affairs with a trail of women.
Daisy, of St Mark’s Road in Gosport, was inspired to make the film by a painting of the same name, hanging in the National Portrait Gallery.
Daisy has studied character animation at university and is going on to study at the National Film School next year.
‘I was really pleased,’ she added.
‘I feel I have suddenly realised what I am meant to do with my life.
‘This is for me. I personally feel I can do so much better. I think this is what I am good at. It’s been quite a revelation.
‘I never thought I would get myself to this stage. It all just came together. I worked very hard.
‘It’s a massive platform for all of us.
‘It’s a massive boost.’
Now in its fourth year, Virgin Media Shorts gives aspiring film makers the opportunity to have their work showcased to millions of people across the country through television, on mobile and online.
Daisy will have her work shown at over 200 picture houses and independent cinema screens across the country for a whole year.
Daisy will find out if she has won at an awards ceremony in London on Thursday, November 10.
· Watch Daisy’s film Don Justino de Neve