With a career background in animation filmmaking and children's illustration, Ms Pottenkulam spent over three years and created over 8,000 drawings to make the film. Ms Pottenkulam has taught animation at the University of East London for four and a half years, using her professional skills to support the student experience.
Professor Verity Brown, pro vice-chancellor (impact and innovation), said, "One of the purposes the University of East London serves is to bring attention to real social issues which affect people. 'What Will You Do Now, John?' highlights exactly that by depicting a man coming to terms with his new lifestyle now his wife has left him.
"At the University, we teach our students to think critically and use their skills to question and evaluate societal issues. I am proud this film has received this well-deserved recognition."
A full list of the finalists can be viewed on the AHRC website. Ms Pottenkulam's submission will go against finalists from Loughborough University, University of Northumbria, University of Hull and University of Oxford. The winner of the 2020 Research in Film Awards will be announced at an online ceremony on 11 November.