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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?' 


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 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. 


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.


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

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