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The 2021/22 Cambridge Religion on Film Competition is now open! This year's theme is CAMBRIDGE IN YOUR CLASSROOM and the competition is open to all UK* students in Years 9 to 13. Winners will receive a share of the £500 prize money. We hope you will apply!

The deadline to submit the online entry form is Tuesday 1st March 2022 and winners will be announced at the Faculty Open Day on the 26th April 2022.

Your film must be inspired by one of the Cambridge in Your Classroom videos, and you can use the video as well as any of the related 'Explore Further' Cambridge resources from each video as inspiration. You are welcome to interpret the theme in your own way, use a documentary or fictional genre, set your film anywhere in the world and in any religious or philosophical tradition.

Films should be no longer than 5 minutes’ duration. Examples of winning films from previous years are available below.

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

How to enter

1) Get a group of friends together, or decide to go solo. You can enter as an individual or in a group of up to three students.

2) Start shooting your film. We are looking for originality, accuracy, and a direct response to one or more of the Cambridge in Your Classroom videos. Make the film your own! In the past films have included interviews and conversations, images and diagrams, drama, news-style reporting, music videos and more. We don't judge on the quality of the film making or the equipment you use. Films should be no longer than 5 minutes.

3) Check your work. Make sure that you have permission to use the images and music in your video, and include references to any sources. You must include the following text in your film:

This film has been inspired by the Cambridge in Your Classroom resource www.bit.ly/CambridgeClassroom. The views and opinions in this film are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of any member of the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

4) Get online! Upload your film to YouTube and set the privacy settings of your video to 'unlisted' - this will mean that the video can only be viewed by people who have the direct link. We will not publish or share this link without your express permission. 

5) Complete the online entry form by 1st March 2022 for a chance to win a share of the £500 prize fund!

Privacy notice (please read)

There is a prize fund of £500 to be split between the winning and commended entries (Year 9-11 category and Y12-13 category). Winners will be notified in April 2022. 

Previous Winners

Thank you to everyone who has entered this competition previously. The film makers listed below have all signed declarations that the films are their own work and that permission has been sought and granted for all images, music and film and that they received permission from anyone who appears in the film to use their image and (where appropriate) their words for the purposes of this film. 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.

Any queries should be directed to outreach@divinity.cam.ac.uk

2020/2021 Winners

Winner of the Year 9-11 category

Antinous: Boy lover of Hadrian by Alison Chang and Sarah Hilali, Bentley Wood High School. This film was inspired (as were many of the other entries) by the sculpture of Antinous as Dionysus, which can be found in the Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge.

Highly commended in the Year 9-11 category

Birth Zak Smith, Roding Valley High School

Antinous as Dionysus Ayana Pathak and Anjola Adesina, James Allen's Girls' School

The River God Rebecca Stanton, Bullers Wood School for Girls            

 

Winner of the Year 12-13 category

A Short Introduction to St. Margaret of Antioch by Yasmin Herron-Isa, Leyton Sixth Form College. This film was inspired by the La Vie de Madame Sainte Marguerite manuscript, which can be found in St. Catherine's College's library in Cambridge.

Highly commended in the Year 12-13 category

Some Thoughts on Paradise Lost Kyle Kirkpatrick, Bristol Grammar School             

Seventh century coins and our relationship with money Mohit Agarwal, William Perkin Church of England High School

 

Previous competition winners

2019/20 Winners (50 Religious Treasures of Cambridge)

The Key Stage 5 winner was Inspiring Hindu Women by Ishika Shah (Wembley High Technology College) and inspired by the religious treasure, the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. The Key Stage 3/4 winner was Religious Artefacts: Isis and Her Child Horus by Mohammed Ali Shubbar (Nower Hill High School) exploring the features of an Isis and Horus figurine and its significance to the study of religion.

Runners up were Enthujan Arulvannan, Dev Raicha, Kyle Solanki & Dilan Shah, who were inspired by the Umayyad and Justinian coins, Zarlakhta Edris, Diya Kotecha, Muneera Mohamoud & Aishah Aslam, who were inspired by the Roman statue of Antinous and Luke Weatherald, Robbie Holmes, Finlay Miller & Ben Wilson, who were inspired by the photograph of a cup-winning football team in Nigeria in 1930

2018/19 Winners (Religious Spaces)

Eve Tobin (The Way of St James), Charlie Theodosius (Religious Spaces: A forest chapel), Elanor Wilde, and Olivia Welch (Rituals) were named joint first-place winners of the 2018 Re:View Cambridge Religion on Film Competition. 

2017/18 (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'

2016/17 (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.

2014 (Open Theme)

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

Any queries should be directed to 

outreach@divinity.cam.ac.uk