LAURA GAYNOR, from Strandhill, has won a national movie award for her animation entitled 'Unfolded'.
The 18-year-old Leaving Certificate student from Ursuline College Sligo, won the 18-25-year-old category.
She travelled to RTÉ studios in Donnybrook to collect her prize, a specially commissioned trophy, €1,000 and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shadow a leading filmmaker for a day.
Her animation was first broadcast on national television and then came out on top in an online public vote of shortlisted entries.
The annual HeadsUp Movie Awards, in association with RTÉ Two's Two Tube, aim to encourage young people to create films that promote positive mental health.
Entries from all over the country were shortlisted by a panel of judges, which included Emmy award-winning film director Dearbhla Walsh, from Tubbercurry.
Laura Gaynor's entry has elements of both live action and animation.
It follows the sequence of a piece of paper unfolding as it reveals different feelings young people experience.
It then offers advice on where they can find support.
Laura said: "I'm delighted to have won the HeadsUp Movie Awards as it's the biggest competition I've ever won for my work.
"I've been into making films and animations for a few years now and I love it. I wanted to get the mental health message across without being heavy and serious as I wanted it to be accessible to the people who'd be watching it.
"I'd really like to thank everyone who voted for my work."
Laura's entry is available to view on www.headsup.ie/movieawards.