A COLLECTION of short films made by youngsters from Kirklees and Calderdale have won an accolade from the UK Film Council.
In its annual review, the council has named The Talent Unleashed Project, which gave schoolchildren the chance to turn film-maker, as an example of "best practice."
It was selected from hundreds of projects, alongside multimillion pound films such as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Stormbreaker.
The man behind the project, Huddersfield actor and former science teacher Ken George, says that the films, made by 70 young people at six schools and Kirklees Young People Services, were praised for being of a high quality.
"They were of undergraduate standard and yet had been made by children aged between 10 and 14 years, including a group of disaffected kids," said Ken.
"The project was a good example of what can be done in film-making with young people and represented value for money."
Funded by Screen Yorkshire, the regional arm of the film council, the £8,000 project took groups of 10 children and offered them the facilities to make a film - choosing the subject matter themselves.
The topics they chose ranged from bullying and daydreaming to haunted woods and life in the local community.
The short films were showcased at the Odeon cinema last year.
Ken, who has his own production company, KGB Productions, makes fictional films, documentaries, promotional and educational films.
As an actor he has played characters in EastEnders, Merseybeat, A&E and Ted And Alice and featured in advertisements for top brand names.