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Gamble and Hill Prize

Gamble and Hill Prize 2017

Launched in July 2015 and named after the first two heads of the Department of Politics and International Studies (Prof Andrew Gamble and Prof Christopher Hill), the Gamble and Hill prize is our prize for sixth form students of Politics and International Relations.

The prize will be awarded for the best short film submitted by a student, and the winner will receive £200.

CLOSING DATE: 18th November 2017

The rules: 

  • The film should be on any topic in politics or international relations and be personal to you. The only limit is your imagination;
  • The film should be no longer than 3 minutes long. If you have something brilliant but shorter that is fine;
  • You should be under 21 and studying politics and/or international relations at AS or A-level (or equivalent, for example the International Baccalaureate). Your study can be at any level, we are more interested in your views than your education;
  • The judge’s decision is final. The judges will be drawn from staff in POLIS. If there is more than one top-ranked film, the prize will be split.

The judging panel will be looking for originality, personality and personal engagement with the topic. The quality of the film is less important than the content. 

How to enter

Please email with your name, your school and your current level of study; you will then receive an email invite to our Dropbox folder where you can upload your submission. 

Please use your FULL NAME as your file name for your video (e.g. John Smith.mpeg) so that we know that it belongs to you! 

Gamble & Hill Prize Winner 2016

Thanks to everyone who submitted entries for the Gamble & Hill Prize.

The overall winner was Rosie Kat - you can view her film below. 

The judging panel were looking for originality, personality and personal engagement with the topic. 

Comments from the judges - 

Rosie Kat is a worthy winner of the Gamble & Hill prize. The film looks in a provocative way at the hollowness of much of contemporary political debate. Rather than take on a preachy tone, though, it engages subtly with how spectacle has come to dominate over substance. The film was imaginatively and cleverly designed, and brought out well how short films can be effective in illustrating a political standpoint.


Winners of the 2015 Gamble and Hill Prize

The judging panel were looking for originality, personality and personal engagement with the topic. The quality of the film was less important than the content, but both of the top entries were also of a very high quality. 

There were two films that were ranked top by the judges - 

Livvy McComb, King Edward VI Five Ways School

Guste Rekstyte, King Edward VI Grammar School Sixth Form

The judges felt that Guste Rekstyte's entry on the war in Syria was notable for its "emotional power, technique and lack of point scoring". Livvy McComb's entry offered "a pointed critique of the first-past-the-post system...the case is very effectively made, not just on behalf of young people but of everyone.".

We asked both winners for their reasons for choosing their respective subjects  -

Livvy McComb - "I instinctively decided to explore the first-past-the-post electoral system due to the recent general election. I remember feeling cheated as I watched news broadcasts on the 7th and 8th of May and wanted to express my frustration at the system’s poor representation of public opinion."

Guste Rekstyte - "The reason behind choosing Syria as our topic was simply because of its current relevance in news, however, instead of exploring the political machinations of the conflict itself, we chose to instead focus on a much more human side of it. In terms of a personal connection, it was my way of using my own resources and privilege to give someone my own age, namely Marah, a better chance to be heard. Particularly because currently, it has become easy to see Syria, and indeed Syrian refugees, as a statistic, and in doing so it can easily be forgotten that these are in fact individuals going through indescribable tragedies.Therefore, in making the film, we hoped to make the conflict seem less distant, and more personal."

The other entries in the top five were -

Kitya Mark, South Hampstead High School

Max Burt, College of Richard Collyer

Alexandra Gallacher, College of Richard Collyer

You can view both of the winning entries below.