A profoundly deaf film student from York College has won a film award at Deaffest, the UK’s leading film and arts festival for the deaf.

William Horsefield’s film, I Won’t Do That Again, about an amateur scientist who invents a control panel to clone people, won the Young Deaffest Award 2013.

The 18-year-old is studying for an extended diploma in creative media production TV and film. He also boards at St John’s School for the Deaf in Boston Spa, where he learns maths and English.

Scott Langford, media tutor at York College, said: “William is a fantastic filmmaker. His achievements are all the more remarkable because English is his second language. He lip-reads and has a note-taker in classes and he has a vivid imagination and inquiring mind. His talent allows him to translate those interesting ideas to the screen.”

William said: “I felt proud seeing my work on the screen at Deaffest. I was delighted to be announced the winner and have the exposure and recognition.”