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RE:view The Cambridge Religion on Film Competition

Each year the Faculty of Divinity holds a film competition, open to UK* secondary school students in years 9-13. We encourage creative filmmaking in documentary or fictional genres. Look out for the 2019 competition, which will open in the autumn.

*Students from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man are all welcome to participate. 



2018 Film Competition on the theme "Religious Spaces" Winners Announced!

The Faculty of Divinity is very pleased to announce that Eve Tobin, Charlie Theodosius, Elanor Wilde, and Olivia Welch have been named joint first-place winners of the 2018 Re:View Cambridge Religion on Film Competition. 

Each winner has been awarded £125 prize money and will join us here at the Faculty of Divinity for a special Winners' Day event. The winning films can be viewed below. 

Many thanks to all of this year's participants! 


The Way of St James by Eve Tobin

This film explores the idea of religious space surrounding the Way of Saint James, or the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Drawing on the filmmaker’s own experience of walking the Camino in August 2018, the film explores how the symbolism of stones, scallop shells and the Botafumeiro (a large thurible) mark the space and the experience of the pilgrimage. It captures the experience of pilgrims on the road and as they enter the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, where St James is revered.


Religious Spaces: A forest chapel by Charlie Theodosius

The film introduces the viewer to Hubberholme parish church, a former forest chapel, which is a space in which nature and the ministry of Jesus are connected. Inspired by John Inge’s observation that “the Christian faith is not the religion of salvation from places, it is the religion of salvation in and through places,” the film explores the integration of local surroundings with the mysteries of the Christian faith.


Rituals by Elanor Wilde and Olivia Welch

Rituals takes an unorthodox approach to treating religious spaces in order to investigate how people may create their own religious spaces outside of conventional places of worship. It explores the life of a prostitute whose religious space is that of her room where she meets her customers. Throughout the course of the narrative we see some of the rituals that the prostitute carries out, both religious and secular, some of these rituals consist of her counting her money that is stored in a hollowed-out bible and performing cleansing procedures after visitations. One of the intentions of the piece is to allow viewers to sympathise with the protagonist as she is trapped in a cycle of corrupting her body whilst staying strong to her faith until she finds the courage to escape.



The film makers have signed a declaration that states that: the film linked to above is their own work and that permission has been sought and granted for all images, music and film that is not. They have cited all sources used in making the film and any direct quotes. They have received permission from anyone who appears in the film to use their image and (where appropriate) their words for the purposes of this film. This is acknowledged at the end of the film in a written or spoken form.

Please note that the views and opinions in these films are those of the creators and do not necessarily reflect those of any member of the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.

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Past Winners: 

2017 (Religious Objects):  

Overall winner: Susmita Dave,  ; Winner (Year 9-11 category): Danial Sayani, 'Religious objects: Do they matter to everyday people?' Commended: Numair Tejani, 'Arts of the Muslim World'; Delphine Greco, 'Religious Artefacts: Representation of God'; Lucy Adams, 'The Lion Man'; Faizan Mirza and Uzair Chaudhry, 'The Kaaba'

2016 (Open Theme):

Overall winner Save RS! - Barbora Formanko, Madeleine Compton and Roisin Robinson; Second Place: Debating Euthanasia: a Christian Perspective - Rebecca Whant and Clara TuffreyA Discussion about the Implementation of Hudud Law in Malaysia - Juliana Ganendra, Srija Ghosh, Isabella Vereker and Elizabeth Lu. Third Place: What does faith mean? - Billy Arthur and Tom Dando; IVF: the fertilisation frustration - Matthew Green, Mackenzie Mully and Andrew Palmer. Highly Commended Films: Religion vs the World -  Jemima Humphries and Layo Edu; Religious perspectives on euthanasia - Adam Koep, Ellie Cooke and Amy Upot; Religion and Power - Jennifer Hay; A creed, a faith, a religion - Nyasha Thomas and Aeronwy Withers; What is the meaning of life?  - Mya, Porsha, Katy and Raabiya; We are able to link to some films, where the creators have given us permission. 

2015 (The Senses and Religion): 

Overall winner: Elaine Kim, The role of the senses in Buddhism. The film is available to view at

2014 (Open Theme): 

Overall winner: Billie Coulson, with 'The Niqab in Schools', available at

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