AN inspiring school boy has won a national competition for a short film he made during the coronavirus lockdown.

Oliver Curtis, a pupil at Winkfield St Marys C of E Primary School, came second place in the Childnet film competition.

The young creative was announced as one of the winners on Friday, July 3 for his film MR VIRUS VERSUS THE INTERNET', beating 130 other children.

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His film shows how much children enjoy playing games, messaging each other and shopping but can they avoid Mr Virus as he attempts to spoilt their day.

Oliver won the Solo Primary Category of the Film Competition.

His headteacher, Julia Evans, said: “We are over the moon that Oliver’s remarkable film making talents and his key message about keeping safe online have been recognised. ‘Living life to the full’ is integral to life at Winkfield St Mary’s, and this shines through in Oliver’s winning animation."

The Childnet Film Competition, which has been run as an in-school project for the past 10 years has adapted to the challenges of COVID-19 school closures.

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Each year the Childnet Film Competition invites schools and youth organisations from across the UK to capture their internet safety messages in a short film.

For the 2020 competition Childnet invited young people from across the UK to work with their families, friends, or school group to create a 2-minute-long film or a storyboard sharing the online safety messaging that was important to them.

Will Gardner OBE, CEO of Childnet, said: “This year we have seen families working together, as well as young people working independently, to create some amazing films and storyboards, which I know will be invaluable educational tools for education settings across the UK.

"The Film Competition 2020 was different to any competition we have run before, with schools, organisations, families, and individuals being able to enter. But the entire team at Childnet has been inspired by the thoughtful, creative and positive entries we have seen young people create during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

The films were judged by a panel of experts.