A hard-hitting film produced to raise awareness of the dangers of online grooming has been shortlisted for two international awards.

Breck’s Last Game, based on the real-life murder of Breck Bednar in Grays, has been nominated for prizes at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards and the London Film Awards.

The film tells the story of gamer Breck and has received more than 2.3 million views since it launched online.

The 14-year-old was murdered in 2014 after being groomed online by fellow gamer Lewis Daynes.

Daynes lured Breck to his flat in Grays and killed him, having told Breck he would hand over control of a fictional computer business. In 2015, Daynes was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison for murder.

The production, which lasts just over four minutes, has been shortlisted in the Fundraising, Non-Profit at CSR category at the Cannes awards on 26 September as well as in the Film and Digital Campaign category at the London Film Awards on 21 November.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet said: “Breck’s Last Game is a very important project and a really innovative film which has seen four forces come together to help keep children safe.

“The film is being rolled out to school children in Essex and elsewhere across the UK.

“These nominations are recognition of all the hard work which has gone into creating this film, as well as its importance, and it is a credit to all those involved and I would like to thank them.”

Breck’s mum, Lorin LaFave plays herself in the film. She said: “We are so pleased that our combined passion and perseverance to protect young people from online harm is being recognised, as there is no greater importance than educating young people about the risks they face as they navigate towards adulthood.

“Together we are empowering young people to contemplate ‘Do you really know your online friends?’”