[F]ormer Penrith school pupil and Carlisle College student Chloe Boston has scooped a top film award for rising stars from the Royal Television Society (RTS).
Chloe, aged 19 and living near Armathwaite, was named as the overall winner in her category at the recent RTS North East and The Borders Awards.
She stepped forward at the glittering ceremony in Newcastle to receive the trophy for her film Many Many Mountains which judges chose as the winning student short film.
Chloe achieved the top spot in competition with other film students from Cumbria and the North East, many of whom are already on specialist university courses.
Now the former Penrith Queen Elizabeth Grammar School pupil is receiving offers from universities from across the UK to come and study film-making with them.
Chloe made her award-winning film last year whilst taking an extended diploma course in creative media production at Carlisle College of the Arts.
She describes it as a visual commentary on being at a stage in life when young people are faced with a raft of different choices which have to be made.
The striking imagery filmed by Chloe, and which impressed judges, ranged from the release of Chinese lanterns into the night sky in the Eden Valley to footage taken on the London Underground.
Her film won her a distinction at Carlisle College, but Chloe said hadn’t been aware until a few weeks ago that it had been shortlisted for the RTS awards.
“I was contacted out of the blue by the organisers who told me my film was one of just three selected for the student category, and I was stunned!” said Chloe.
“They arranged for transport to the awards evening and provided a ticket for the dinner, and I met many well-known people there from television and cinema.
“But I wasn’t really expecting to win, so it came as a real surprise when my name was read out and I was invited on the stage to receive the trophy.
“I really enjoyed making the film, and was helped enormously by the encouragement and fantastic learning opportunities provided by Carlisle College,” said Chloe.
Back in Cumbria, she was also congratulated by college media tutor Ed Cooper who described Chloe as “an amazing young prodigy” who could go as far as she wanted to in the film industry.