Jennifer Sheridan’s life has been on a never-ending upswing since she was named Wimbledon Short Film Festival’s Best London Filmmaker last October alongside her husband Matthew Markham, writes Gregor Vasconcelos.

In the month following the win, she married her co-director and boyfriend of eight years and had her first paid film job doing an online advert. She is now about to start working on a second one for a popular multinational search engine.

Sheridan previously won the Grand Prize 2012 Virgin Media Shorts for her film Rocket. But she says the Wimbledon award was a different kind of special.

"It meant so much to Matthew and I winning that award, especially having the London name at the end as we’re both born and bred Londoners," she says.

Sheridan is from Tulse Hill and Markham is from Holland Park.

"Complete different side of the tracks, but we still managed to fall in love," she says laughing.

Despite different upbringings and film styles, the couple seem to work in a yin and yang type tandem.

The contrast can be seen in their shorts. Rocket - starring Sheridan's dog Bowie - and Wimbledon festival winner Catch, unashamedly aim for the ‘aww’ moments.

The new film, The Match, is more in ‘Matthew territory’ as she herself puts it; full of visual flair, without the wide-eyed optimism of her previous efforts.

To balance that out, she has a solo project that will be hitting the festival circuit this year, Acoustic Kitty.

Based on a true story, the film tells the story of experiments the CIA ran with cats in their attempt to spy on Russians. It was made with the grant she won from Rocket.

She is in the process of submitting it to festivals and is talking to a development company about making a feature-length film.

She said: "Wimbledon was such a wonderful festival. It opened so many doors for Matt and I and gave us a lot of confidence," she says. "Anyone that’s thinking about entering should definitely go for it."

• The closing date for submission for this year’s Wimbledon Short Film Festival is June 30; films should be a maximum of 15 minutes; for more information, visit: