BUDDING director Daisy Jacobs can focus on making great films and animation after winning a prestigious scholarship.
Daisy, of St Mark’s Road, Alverstoke, is one of only six film-lovers to win the award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta).
The prize, given to the 24-year-old for her challenging use of animation, will give her a mentor and financial support, paying for one year of study at the National Film and Television School, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, where she is studying for a masters degree in directing animation.
And it means that Daisy, who attended Bay House School in Gomer Lane, can focus on her work without spending time worrying about paying the bills.
She said: ‘It would be £20,000 to do without living costs, it would be a hardship.
‘I’m from a single-parent family and my mum has had short hours at work.
‘It would be very hard and would interfere when I should be focusing on work.
‘With the scholarship, when I leave I won’t have crippling debt.’
Daisy’s passion for film started after spending her teenage years drawing storyboards, and deciding that it would be much better if her drawings moved.
That sparked her interest in animation, leading to her being short-listed in the Virgin Media Shorts competition in 2011 for her animation, Don Justino de Neve, a satire about a man and his ways with women.
Now Daisy wants to move into live-action film and the mentor from the Bafta scheme will be crucial in the development of her talent.
She said: ‘The big thing is the mentoring and the financial support.
‘I’m moving into film now and a mentor outside the university would be nice.
‘I’m reaching the end of the first year so it’s an ideal time to get a mentor as next year I will be making a film.’
Daisy will also be involved in the scheme’s community outreach programmes, which will go in to schools to open up the film industry to youngsters.
She said: ‘I do enjoy doing it a lot, it’s very important and I’ve always been motivated by a social ethos.
‘If they’re very talented they should go for it.’