Congratulations to Drew Pollins on being nominated for the Young Director Award for Best Use of Humor

Still from Is It Over?

UBC Theatre and Film is proud to announce that our alumnus, Drew Pollins, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Cannes Lions Young Director Award. The Young Director Award (YDA) is the only award in the world that is exclusively dedicated to up-and-coming, young filmmakers. Their shortlists feature debuting international talent in the commercial film industry. 

Drew Pollins is one of twelve directors from over five countries nominated in the category, Best Use of Humor. His film, Is It Over?, is a 60-second PSA in which a face mask reflects on its dwindling relationship with a human. 

Drew with a flamethrower

Drew Pollins

Originally from Pleasanton, California, Drew moved to Vancouver, BC in 2009. He received his BFA in Film Production at UBC and worked as a casting assistant on Psych, Hell on Wheels and the television adaptation of Fargo. His short film, Backward Fall, won the Leo Award for Best Student Production and was acquired for broadcast by CBC. Drew went on to receive his MFA in Film Directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory (AFI). His Master’s thesis, Dollar King, went on to win an Emmy for Best Comedy. Drew now splits his time between Vancouver and Los Angeles and is solely focused on directing comedic advertisements and short-form content. 

Is It Over? was produced by UBC alumnus, Mike Goldstein. Mike is the director and founder of The Heist. He received his BFA in Film Production at UBC and has filmed with NBA players, Math Champions, and one incredible Head of Fleet and Mountain Operations. His body of work includes pieces for Whistler Blackcomb, Red Bull, Lululemon, GMC, Buick, and Jaybird.