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University of Gloucestershire media lecturer in line for national film award

Media lecturer in line for national film award

A University of Gloucestershire film-maker and lecturer has been nominated in this year’s British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).

Bristol-based Conor McCormack is a lecturer on the Media, Communications and Culture course and the director of ‘Christmas with Dad’, an award-winning documentary that he hopes will clinch the title of Best British Short Film. 

The film tells the story of a young man struggling to define himself through fatherhood. AJ is just 23-years old, living on a Bristol council estate and a father to seven children.  ‘Christmas with Dad’ follows the family as they prepare for the festive season and the arrival of an eighth child.

Premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2008, the film was awarded Best Scottish Short Documentary.  Conor will find out if the film will gain a second prestigious award at the BIFA ceremony on Sunday 6th December, hosted by actor James Nesbitt at The Brewery in London.

Conor said, “It was great having the opportunity to make this film as a new director at the time. I hope that the real warmth in the family’s relationship comes across, as despite their circumstances, they are not atypical of many families all over the UK.”

Conor worked with producer Sarah Tierney to produce the film for Glasgow-based Clarity Productions  The documentary was funded through ‘Bridging the Gap’, a new initiative funded by Scottish Screen, Skillset Film Skills Fund and run by the Scottish Documentary Institute.

Source: The University of Gloucestershire

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