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Film competition

RE:view The Cambridge Religion on Film Competition

The 2016 Film Competition opened 5 September and will close on Monday 19 December.

This year there is no theme, we are looking instead for creative films that demonstrate why learning about religion is so interesting. For the first time we are opening up the competition to students in Years 9-13.

Either in a team or on your own you should produce a film lasting no more than 5 minutes.

It can take any form, such as a debate, documentary or including artistic elements. We are keen for you to interpret this in a variety of ways and so responses may reflect on one religious tradition or approach it from a comparative perspective; look to answer a specific scriptural question or focus on religion through the lens of literature, history, sociology, language, politics, or science; or it could focus on practices, beliefs or objects.

We expect that students will read around the subject area to inform the content of the film. Any claims should be substantiated and sources quoted in the piece should be acknowledged in a written or spoken form. We would like to remind entrants that permission must be sought to use any image, music or film that is in copyright and if granted, this must be stated at the end of the film. It is not sufficient to provide a link to online content. You can find guidance about what copyright is, what it applies to, who owns it and how long it lasts at You are also required to include a disclaimer stating that the film is your work and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Faculty of Divinity.

The judges will be looking to reward innovative films that make use of the visual medium to communicate their thoughts. They will not, however, make the award on the quality of the filming or editing. 

There is a prize fund of £500 to be awarded to the best entries.

How to enter

When you have finished your film, you should upload it to YouTube This is an easy way of sharing films, ensures that they are of a similar size and quality, and enables you to retain control and copyright of your film. You may find it helpful to look at the guidance available for uploading films to YouTube This includes information for converting file formats and uploading from mobile devices.

You then need to complete an entry form.

We request that a teacher signs the entry form to authorise that the film is your work/ that of your group.

Completed forms and queries should be emailed to The deadline for entries is Monday 19 December 2016.

We are very much looking forward to watching your films!


Thank you to all those who entered the 2015 competition and shared with us your thoughts on the senses and religion.

The winning film was made by Elaine Kim, which looked at the role of the senses in Buddhism. The film is available to view at

The winner from 2014 was Billie Coulson, with 'The Niqab in Schools', available at

Any queries should be directed to


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