By Francesca Barron

A FILMMAKER from Dorset will take her short film shot on Portland to Hollywood for a prestigious screening.

Gemma Paul, 32, whose low-budget Frankenstein-inspired horror film ‘Adam’ was filmed in Southwell Business Park and the atmospheric St George’s Church on the island has been selected for screening at LA Lift-off Film Festival.

Miss Paul will be heading to Los Angeles later this month.

The stars of the film include Warren Hicks from Weymouth who plays the monster ‘Adam’.

She said: “‘Adam’ is currently doing exceptionally well on the festival circuit, having already won multiple awards, but to be accepted and shown in Hollywood, not once but twice, is beyond a dream come true.”

The festival celebrates international film and is set in the historic and prestigious Raleigh Studios in the heart of Hollywood.

‘Adam,’ was one of more than 2,500 films from across the globe to be considered for the esteemed screening.

Not only that, but a few days later it will be shown at Lady Filmmakers Festival, also in Los Angeles.

This will be the second year in a row that one of her films with her company ‘Twisted Root Productions’ has been shown in Hollywood.

Last year Miss Paul also directed the short film ‘Underland,’ which made it across the pond for its first screening.

Her visit to LA last year brought a number of awards from the US festival circuit, including Best Horror Short at the Global Film Festival Awards.

Miss Paul, who is from Bournemouth, said: “I am proud to represent female filmmakers, especially those within the horror genre, and am looking forward to heading to Los Angeles. LA Lift-Off and Lady Filmmakers offer an opportunity to network with people in the industry and make invaluable contacts.

“I have actually only been making short films just over a year. I made my first short last July, and my second last October. Since then I have been working a lot on my screenwriting and developing several projects, so for someone who is still fairly new in the industry, I am lucky with what I have achieved so far.”

James Bradley co-director and co-founder of Lift-Off said: “Los Angeles has this creative draw that no other city on the planet seems to get close to. This is why we are ruthless in the films we select; the US audience is a creatively diverse market. Getting into Los Angeles Lift-Off is an extremely high achievement as we only take the best.”

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