A SELF-taught made film-maker is making strides to reach his goal of having a career in the industry after another award win.

Prudhoe’s Steven J. R. Lawson has won a number of awards at film festivals.

Most recently he won an award for best film short at the Accolade Global Film Competition, held in America, for his fan film Westin Hills.

For the first time, the film was nominated in more than one category.

Meanwhile, lead actor Richard Heslop was also shortlisted in the best actor category at the awards, although he did not scoop the honour.

Following on from his success, Steven said he had been offered the chance to have his next film, released in autumn, premiered at the Fuse Media Centre in the town.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session, while Steven has also been invited to attend a horror convention in Newcastle later this year.

He said: “Everything is falling into place and I have had lots of support from local people and family and friends. I have a whole different feeling for this project and the awards seem to have opened up loads of opportunities.”