Media - Film won't backfire
North Lanarkshire's pupils have taken Scotland's top film-making prize for under-18s at the Discovery Film Festival.
The S4-6 pupils from the Lensheads Film School wrote and directed Backfire, an explosive short film that portrays how Frankie's young life is turned upside down when someone asks him a favour which puts him on the wrong side of the law.
Pupils from St Andrew's High, Airdrie Academy, St Ambrose High and St Aidan's High were involved in the making of the film, which was selected by an audience vote at a screening of nominated films. The prize includes the Discovery Youth Screen Award cup and a cheque for pound;250, which Lensheads plans to invest in developing the screen-writing skills of its young filmmakers.
Jane Liddell, head of education quality and development, said: "North Lanarkshire Council's Learning and Leisure Services has a long-term commitment to film education. While we have received several awards in the past, the Discovery Award is the most prestigious to date."
The Discovery Youth Screen Award is presented annually at Discovery, which screens the best in international film for young audiences and this year welcomed 4,000 young people at the DCA Cinema.
The Lensheads film school is run by The Learning Centre, North Lanarkshire Council's specialist multimedia production house focused on developing new multimedia resources for the learning and leisure service. Backfire was made with funding from First Light, a national organisation for funding youth film supported by the UK Film Council.