The Two Rocks resident won the Gold Remy at April’s WorldFest-Houston International Independent Film Festival for her short film Dreaming Awake.
Miss Barrow directed the film as part of her course at Edith Cowan University last year, a story about Kayla, who is haunted by recurring nightmares following the death of her partner.
Production involved a cast of local actors and talented crew, including current and past film and video students, and WA Academy of Performing Arts composer Sean Tinnon wrote the score.
Miss Barrow said it was a great start to her career, likening the surreal Dreaming Awake to Tim Burton’s work.
‘It’s a big confirmation that even though it’s competitive, I’m in the right industry and I am on the right track with my own filmmaking,’ she said.
‘It’s a tough industry but you do it because you love it.
‘It’s a lot of fun but it’s a lot of work, a lot of long hours.’
Miss Barrow said she started acting when she was younger but discovered she was more interested in working behind the scenes.
Having graduated in January, she said she was now doing a diploma of specialised make-up to give her financial freedom to make her next film independently.