Last month a group of year seven students from Penryn College’s animation club have had their talent recognised after entering a countywide short film competition

The group entered their film Hey Fruit! into the Roughcut 51 Second Film Challenge, which was launched earlier this year by Truro based production company O-Region, Falmouth University’s School of Film and Television and WTW Cinemas.

All entries had to be less than 51 seconds long and relate to the theme 1967 / The Summer of Love.

Year seven pupils Amelia Rendell, Annabelle Brown, Finlay Jackman, Ruby Sadler, Ruby Smaldon, and Zena Jackson created their 47 second film using a stop-motion app on their school iPads. They created their own props and scenery from different materials and some adorable plasticine characters. It was a long process since every element needed to be moved between each shot – including the expressions of their fruit.

Animation Club organiser Karen Narramore said: “Their film was about a watermelon and a pineapple falling in love to the backing track of the Beatles All you need is Love.”

After entering the competition, the film was selected for screening at the Plaza Cinema in Truro which the whole team attended.

The results were a fantastic surprise, with the club scooping third place in the main category out of 33 entries, winning a trophy and a prize of £250.

The judges said: "We all loved the film and could see that considerable time and effort that had gone into making it."