We are delighted to announce the winners of our student film competition, Box Office Bioethics.

Submissions from schools and universities all over the country were evaluated by a panel of judges including three Council members and three special guest judges with expertise in bioethics, science communication and film-making.

The winning films were screened during the Council's annual public lecture on Wednesday 16 May, where the winning teams were presented with their prizes by the Chair of Council, Professor Jonathan Montgomery. Each winning team received a £200 gift voucher, and the runner-up in each category received a £50 voucher.

“I'm impressed with the overall standard this year and we have some very worthy winners who have clearly put a lot of thought, time and effort into their films”, said Professor Montgomery. “I'm encouraged by the quality of thought on these challenging issues, but also the imagination in terms of presenting them”.

The winners were:

Year 11 & under

Abortion by Ella Schofield from King Edward’s Senior School, Bath

Runner up: Assisted reproduction by Hannah Sims and Amy Jennings from Rugby High School for Girls

Year 12 and 13

A Moral Dilemma: Saviour Sibling or Spare Part Baby by Marco Narajos, Brenda Lau, Megan Lewis, Jonathan Sheldon, Harriet Copeland, Holly Clamp and Joshua Lee from Ashby School, Leicestershire

Runner up: To what extent are GM crops Ethical? by Robin Hayward from South Dartmoor Community College


Ethical debates by Jamie Thomson, Lewis Peake, Charlie Strachan, Dhawal Patel and Sunjay Parmar from the University of Leicester

Runner up: Organ donation by Mark Baxter and Alana Brown-Kerr from Cambridge University

Find out more:

· Competition rules and FAQ's

· Judges and judging criteria