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2018 Film Competition is now open!

The 2018 Cambridge Religion on Film Competition is now open with a deadline of December 10th 2018. Judging will take place and winners will be notified in January 2019.

This year's theme is RELIGIOUS SPACES. We are looking to reward creative film-makers in Years 9-13 who are interested in exploring religious spaces - such as religious buildings, sacred places, a natural space or environment, sites of commemoration or memorial, or community spaces. Your film could focus on one or more contemporary or historical space, anywhere in the world, and in relation to any religious or philosophical tradition. Feel free to interpret the theme in your own way. Films should be no longer than 5 minutes in duration. You might like to use the 50 Religious Treasures of Cambridge website for inspiration! Examples of winning films from previous years are available below.

How to enter

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

2) Start shooting your film! We are looking for originality, accuracy, and a direct response to the idea of 'Religious Spaces'. 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 should also include a statement that "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! You should upload your film to youtube. 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. Include the link on your entry form. you also have space to tell us a little bit about the ideas behind your film.

5) Send in your entry by 10th December to try and win a share of the £500 prize fund! Fill in the entry form and read the privacy notice below. Submit the form by post or email to outreach@divinity.cam.ac.uk by 10th December.

Entry form (includes notes for students and teachers)
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), and winners are invited to join us in Cambridge in the summer for a day exploring and learning about the religious spaces of this historic university city. Winners will be notified in January 2019. 

 

2017 Film Competition

The 2017 Film Competition opened on 11 September and closed on Friday 15 December.

Thank you for all of your wonderful submissions - this year we had a bumper crop of videos on a huge range of themes! A panel made up of lecturers and students in the Faculty of Divinity judge the films and decide on the winners.

This year the theme was religious objects. We looked for creative short films that engaged with an artefact, text, building, painting, or sculpture that is central to religious practises or is an artistic response to religion. The judges were looking to reward innovative films that make use of the visual medium to communicate their thoughts. 

We are delighted to name the winners.

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'

Disclaimer

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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2016 Film Competition

Thank you to all the teams and individuals who entered a film into the 2016 competition. This year there was no theme, we were looking instead for creative films that demonstrate why learning about religion is so interesting. For the first time we are opened up the competition to students in Years 9-13. We had many more entries this year and are delighted to be able to name the winners as:

Overall winner

Second place

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. 

Disclaimer

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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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  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcrYd11DCI8

The winner from 2014 was Billie Coulson, with 'The Niqab in Schools', available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtUz44kjePg

Any queries should be directed to 

outreach@divinity.cam.ac.uk

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