A budding screenwriter was given a dream opportunity at the BFI, the home of British film.
Helen Pickard, of Isleworth , beat thousands of hopefuls to secure a summer work placement at the BFI Film Academy.
The 23-year-old earned her place after impressing bosses at the BFI with a film script and film work.
She attended a seven-day residential course with the academy, which included a masterclass from leading British producer Alison Owen, who helped bring Suffragette to the screen.
Helen was one of 24 hopefuls selected from thousands of applicants for the opportunity to learn from leading figures in the film industry.
All the winners were split into teams to create three short films, which were unveiled at a special screening of Suffragette during the BFI London Film Festival.
"I applied because it sounded like an incredible opportunity to have masterclasses and workshops with industry professionals, and to make a film and have it screened at the London Film Festival," said Helen.
"I've made some great contacts with other young film makers, with the potential to collaborate with them again in the future."
The BFI teamed up with GoThinkBig, a work experience initiative launched by O2, to run the film making course.
For more information about other opportunities, visit www.gothinkbig.co.uk or follow @GoThinkBig on Twitter.