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Film competition open

This year's theme is 50 Religious Treasures of Cambridge.

The competition is open to all UK students in Years 9 to 13. Winners will receive a share of the £500 prize money and winners will be announced at the Faculty of Divinity Open Day on 28th April 2021.

The deadline to submit the online entry form is Monday 1st March 2021.

All films must be inspired by one of the 50 Religious Treasures of Cambridge but do not have to directly feature the treasure. Entrants are welcome to interpret the theme in their own way, use a documentary or fictional genre, set the film anywhere in the world, and in any religious or philosophical tradition.

Competition rules

1) You can enter as an individual, a pair, or as a group of no more than three students. Entries will be judged in two categories: Year 9-11 category and the Year 12-13 category.

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

3) We are looking for originality, accuracy, and a direct response to one or more of the 50 Religious Treasures of Cambridge. 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, but on your ideas, original approach and accuracy of content.

4) Films should be no longer than 5 minutes.

5) Make sure that you have permission to use the images and music in your video, and include references to any sources.

Entries must include the following text at the end of your film:

This film has been inspired by the 50 Religious Treasures of Cambridge https://www.50treasures.divinity.cam.ac.uk/. 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.

6) To enter, 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. 

7) Once your film is ready, submit the online entry form by Monday 1st March 2021

8) There is a prize fund of £500, which will be split amongst the winning and runner-up entries. If entries are not of a sufficiently high standard in any category the judges reserve the right to not allocate a prize in that category. Winners will be asked to provide their full address, email address, bank details and photograph/scan of a redacted bank statement confirming bank details following announcement of the competition results, in order to receive their prize money. Failure to provide the above details within two weeks of notification of a win may result in forfeiture of the prize. On the entry form please provide an email address you check frequently.

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Past Winners

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.

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.

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

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