A Cornish filmmaker got a double delight during the premiere of her first film when, as well as a rousing reception from those gathered, she was also presented with a national award for her work.

Mature student Debra Jayne, who learnt the art of filmmaking on the photography and digital imaging course at Truro and Penwith College, premiered her short thriller, Seven Deadly Sins, at the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth. The hotel forms the central location for the film, which stars seven women representing each of the seven deadly sins.

After the well-received screening, the hotel’s owner Aaron Pascoe presented Debra with the Elevation Indie Film Award, making the evening a double celebration.

The award recognises artistic and technical attributes in film production and is judged by directors, producers, writers, actors and casting agents experienced in the world of independent filmmaking. Set up by indie film makers for indie film makers, the panel understands the difficulties of gaining recognition for film work and aims to shine a light on the vast talent of independent filmmakers from around the world.

The judging panel said: “The film stood out not only in terms of its technical aspects but also in its quality and creativity.”

Studying for her foundation degree at Truro and Penwith College, Debra used her life experience as a mature student to navigate the production of her very first short film. Recorded with the soundtrack Drive by American musicians Sinfinis, Debra managed to complete the final filming on location within 24 hours.

Debra said: “This was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. When I got my first camera, I started to climb the ladder towards studying for a degree and it helped me to find all of these talented and supportive people at Truro College.

"The tutors have such enthusiasm and they really do make you believe that you can do it; I can’t speak highly enough of the media and photography department.”