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Faculty of Classics launches video competition

The Faculty of Classics is looking for the next YouTube star, with a new video competition for school students aged 13-19.

The Faculty of Classics at Cambridge is well known for putting the Ancient World on screen. With Mary Beard, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, and others on the staff, Cambridge’s Classics academics are some of the most familiar faces on TV documentaries.

This new competition invites you to take part in this mission of communicating the Ancient World through film. We are looking for creative and interesting films which explore a classical object or topic in less than 4 minutes. There will be a prize fund of £500 for the best entries and the winning videos will be put on our unique website The Greeks, The Romans & Us which features a range of videos of Cambridge’s well-known and up-and-coming Classicists.

How to take part

You are invited to form a team of up to four members in Years 9-13, that is aged between 13 or 14 and 19.
You then need to select an object or a topic to focus on, and consider how best to present it. Remember that film is a visual thing, so it has to look interesting as well as sound interesting. Even 4 minutes seems like hours if your video doesn’t have some visual interest and variety in it!

It’s entirely up to you what subject you choose for your film, so long as it’s something drawn from the ancient world: it could be a historical question like “why was Julius Caesar assassinated?”, or it could focus on a piece of literature like a poem by Catullus or a Greek Tragedy, or it could be about a particular object, an ancient coin, or vase, or statue.

How you present it is also up to you: you could go for a traditional mini-documentary style, or for something more artistic – the choice is yours.
Every member of the team does not need to appear in front of the camera; you may wish to spread the tasks of writing, recording and presenting your ideas. The film may also include other individuals, as long as they consent to taking part.

Application form
Please fill in the form below and email it to The deadline for entries is 15 March 2016.

Your team members do not need to attend the same school or sixth form college, but we do ask for a written statement from one teacher to authorise that the entry is the work of the team.

Click here to download the application form.

Good Luck and we look forward to watching your film!

Any queries?


For more information, see:

Classics Video competition