PUPILS at a Penrhyndeudraeth school are celebrating a remarkable win after bagging a national film-making award at a glittering ceremony in London.

Year 6 pupils from Ysgol Cefn Coch won the award for Best Live Action film in the 12 and under category at the 2017 Into Film Awards for their short film entitled Ysbryd (Ghost), which was made without any outside expertise.

The news comes just two weeks after the school’s headteacher, Rhys Glyn, told the Cambrian News how “extremely proud” he was of the pupils for being nominated for the prestigious award.

The award was presented by TV presenter Lizo Mzimba (Newsround, BBC Entertainment News) and actor Eleanor Matsuura (Doctor Who, Utopia, Sherlock).

After finding out they had won, the excited youngsters were invited on stage to collect the award, which pays tribute to a collective group of young people who have demonstrated outstanding talent in this field.

In their captivating seven-minute film, shot entirely on an iPhone and edited with help from online special effects tutorials that the students found themselves, the school comes under attack from a ghost — until three feisty pupils who are in detention come to the rescue.

Celyn Jones, actor and Into Film Awards judge, said of the film: “Ysbryd is an excellent film. It is funny, tense and ambitious with a brilliant cast. The green-screen effects are stunning and creative, unbelievable on such a small budget.

“It is a huge credit to the school and students to achieve this without any external help.”

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