A post-apocalyptic horror film - shot on a tiny budget with child actors - has landed the top accolade in the Liverpool International Film Festival.
The deeply disturbing movie "Nine Meals from Chaos" won the Best in Festival prize for the.work of French-born Producer/Director Ivan Noel.
Shot in Argentina and financed entirely through crowd funding it a highly-polished film "worthy of Hollywood", according to LiFF judges.
"Nine Meals" depicts the hunting story of a society in which 90 percent of the population has perished and the survivors exist by scavenging and gang warfare, even resorting to cannibalism.
In a world in peril from climate change and famine the film, which features a cast of child actors, makes for compelling viewing that is many may find very too close to home.
Chairman of Judges, film and TV director Illy Ufo, said: "I was blown away by the artistic quality of Nine Meals From Chaos. The director/producer Ivan Noel has done a fantastic job.
"The cast of the kids are also worthy of praise, with some brilliant performances, in often very testing conditions.
"The judges saluted Ivan Noel's creativity and storytelling, in a brutal, terrifying and yet stunningly beautiful film."
Another LiFF judge, TV and radio broadcaster Debi Jones, added: "Nine Meals is an impressive and moving film, with the child cast members acting in a superbly convincing manner.
"It was shot on a budget of $36,000 and yet it is really worthy of comparison with blockbuster Hollywood epics. I would urge people to watch it on the big screen at the Festival."