A budding film maker from Barnstaple is battling to win a national competition after remaking Hollywood blockbuster Thelma and Louise – at just seven seconds long. It follows a visit by software giant Microsoft to the University of the West of England in

A budding film maker from Barnstaple is battling to win a national competition after remaking Hollywood blockbuster Thelma and Louise - at just seven seconds long.

It follows a visit by software giant Microsoft to the University of the West of England in Bristol with a mobile film studio in the hope of unearthing the next Steven Spielberg or George Lucas.

Competitors were invited to make their own mini versions of hits such as Men in Black and Rocky in a mere seven seconds.

Lucy Horrell from Barnstaple and her friend Sally Furness from South Wales, both aged 21, stepped in front of the camera to re-enact their favourite film, Thelma and Louise.

They chose a key scene from the end of the film, using a dustbin lid as the steering wheel of their Thunderbird convertible.

"We would love to do a road trip like Thelma and Louise across the United States," said Lucy.

"Hopefully that would last more than seven seconds. Making this film was a great laugh."

Psychology student Sally added: "I loved recreating the iconic final scene where we plummet off a cliff!"

Their entry will go against hundreds of others in the Windows 7 Seven Second Movie challenge and the best one will be screened at this year's BFI London Film Festival.

The challenge encourages people to upload a seven second story, animation or movie, inspired by their favourite film or genre.

The winner will get a VIP expenses paid trip to walk the red carpet before their film is screened in front of a live audience ahead of the premiere of British movie The First Grader on October 26.

The films will be judged by a high profile panel including Justin Chadwick, the director of The First Grader and The Other Boleyn Girl, Radio 1 film critic James King and actress Alice Eve, star of She's Out of My League.

If you are interested in entering the competition visit www.windows.co.uk/7secondmovies. Films must be made by Windows Movie Maker and the deadline is October 9.