FOUR young film makers have been shortlisted for a national award.

The team of pupils from St George's Primary School, Middleton St George, will be given a tour of BBC Television Centre if their video is chosen as the best in the country.

The school would also receive new computer packages as part of the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) Creativity in Digital Media Awards.

They entered the competition in October and have been shortlisted in the eight to 11-year-olds category. The winner will be announced later this month.

Prizes will be awarded next March at Bradford's National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.

The four pupils - ten-year-olds Megan Chown, Thomas Johnston and Emma Barker as well as Jack Goodchild, nine - took part in a year-long digital project.

Mikaela Morgans, from Darlington Borough Council's e-learning team, co-ordinated the workshops.

They included lessons on animation, use of colour, sound and camera shots and stop-frame animation.

The children used their new-found skills to make a two minute video, titled Goldibear and the Three Girls, with the help of teacher Jean Hattersley.

Councillor Chris McEwan, cabinet member for children's services, said: "This is great news for the pupils at St George's Primary School. They have worked very hard and they have done very well to be short-listed in this national competition.

"They can all be very proud of their work and I look forward to seeing how they get on."