A FORMER student who studied in Romsey could be flying to Hollywood after it has been announced that he has been short-listed for a film award.

Edward Zorab, 23, from Romsey has been selected for the BAFTA Student Film Awards in Los Angeles.

He has been shortlisted for his short film Youth in Bed.

The shortlisted films have been selected from the 568 submissions by students at film schools in 38 countries across the world, including Pakistan, South Korea, Chile, Uruguay, Finland, The Netherlands, Portugal, France and more.

If Edward is successful and shorlisted for the final he will be flown to Los Angeles for the glittering finals’ screening and awards event.

The ex Hampshire Collegiate student who studied the BA in Practical Film at Metfilm School, based at Ealing Studios. said: “It’s only just sunk in.”

He added: ““It’s very exciting to have my graduate film shortlisted by BAFTA. I submitted my film on a whim, it took me about 10 minutes to complete the submission forms, I hit ‘enter’ and forgot about it.

“It is a huge honour to be nominated and in no way did I expect it.”

The 20minute film is the story of a bed. It follows three interconnecting stories of love, youth and pain spanning from 1979 to 2002 that all take place in the same bed.

Edward said: “I first came across MetFilm School when I was 16, I’d been on a summer 3-day filmmaking course and knew that’s where I really wanted to go once I’d finished school. I did a foundation course first, at Bournemouth, but I just wanted to be in London.

“I’ve always wanted to make films, and MetFilm School has a long history of producing graduates who have gone on to work in film and television.”

A panel of BAFTA members will review the shortlisted films and three finalists will be announced on June 4 each in the categories of Live Action, Documentary, and Animation.

Edward said: “By the time I’m thirty I want to have written and directed my first feature film.”