• The competition is open to all Undergraduate students of all Medical, Nursing & Allied Health colleges of Pakistan.
  • Participants must submit a copy of their college/university identity card as a proof.




  • Any mobile device, video camera or DSLR cameras capable of filming may be used. Animation and computer graphics are also permitted
  • Should be in HD file (MP4 format) in a DVD
  • The film can be either two minutes long which may end in a question or it can be ten minutes long but not longer than twelve minutes in duration, including opening and closing credits (optional)
  • A copy of written consent/approval from all persons appearing in the film (actors or real patients) must be submitted
  • Urdu and any regional languages of Pakistan is preferred for dialogues/voice over
  • All movies should include English subtitles
  • The film must be clearly content-related to issue of bioethics/medical ethics in Pakistan
  • The films must not be viewed publicly before the end of the competition
  • Only the selected movies will be screened
  • Students are encouraged to discuss their ideas with senior colleagues or faculty who may be able to guide them regarding ethical issues faced in clinical or research settings. UNESCO Bioethics Unit at SMDC volunteers to facilitate students from all over Pakistan in this regard.


  • Use of Other Copyrighted Material: 

Films may include public places, well-known products, trademarks, or certain other copyrighted material as long as that copyrighted material is incidental to the subject matter. Any background music used in a Film entry must be credited and documented in the credits on the film and on the Student Entry Form, by indicating the title of the music, its composer and its performer(s) in the credits.


  • Tips for Recording:
  • Use a tripod to hold the camera still.
  • Make sure there is plenty of lighting, especially if shooting indoors.
  • Turn off all noise making devices in the room (air conditioners, fans, phones, etc.).
  • Make sure the background music (if any) is audible on the recording.
  • Don’t shake or move the camera too much, it makes the film difficult to watch.
  • Don’t forget English subtitles


Entries must include the following details mentioned on the DVD box (using a permanent marker):

  • Name/s of participants
  • Contact details
  • Name of institution
  • Title of film
  • Theme/s that best describes the subject of film


Submission Deadline: Films must be completed and submitted by 15th April 2019

Entries can be submitted personally or through a courier on the following address:


Bioethics Department,

Shalamar Medical and Dental College (SMDC)

Shalimar link road, Mughalpura,



Themes of Bioethics Film contest:

The submissions are welcome in themes and sub-themes listed below but not limited to these sub-themes only.

Clinical Ethics:

  • Ethics Consultation
  • Decision-making (e.g., End of Life, Beginning of Life, Shared decision-making, Decision-making in children as patients, etc.)
  • Autonomy & consent in Pakistani society
  • Privacy & Confidentiality in Clinical setting
  • Beneficence & non-Maleficence (Balancing risks and benefits)
  • Justice, equity & Equality in Healthcare in Pakistan
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Healthcare Ethics in Digital Age
  • Healthcare Ethics & Role of Media


Research Ethics:

  • Ethics Review Boards (roles & commitment)
  • Autonomy & Informed Consent in Pakistan
  • Research with Children and other vulnerable population in Pakistan
  • Beneficence & non-Maleficence (Balancing risks and benefits)
  • Justice, equity & Equality in Research in Pakistan
  • Privacy & Confidentiality
  • Plagiarism and other ethical issues in Research Publication (including authorship issues)


Duration of Films:

Category 1: Flash Film

Max duration = 120 seconds

The flash film in this category is expected to highlight an ethical dilemma or issue. It may end up in a question or unresolved situation, leaving the audience to wonder what should be done in the situation.

Category 2: Short Film

Maximum duration = 10-12 minutes

The short film in this category is expected to highlight a complex ethical dilemma or issue. It may present with rich context with perspectives from healthcare providers or patients/families. The film may or may not end in resolution of the situation but it must effectively depict various clinical, social, cultural, personal or institutional aspects relevant to the selected theme.

Judgement criteria:


Each entry must be the original work of students.

Plagiarized entries will be disqualified. (Plagiarism is defined as taking and using another person’s ideas, writings, or inventions as one’s own).

The film judgement will be double blinded so as to avoid biases.

The panel of judges will include national and international faculty, ethicists, patient representatives and film experts.

All entries will be judged on:


Selection of Ethical issue:

  • How much the story is confined to theme/s?
  • How well the ethical issue is highlighted?

Creativity and Originality:

  • Does the writing and direction use imaginative and creative ways to convey the theme of Bioethics/medical ethics?
  • Does the film exhibit originality? 

Technical Quality/Cinematography:

  • Have light, angles, camera and other tools/techniques been used effectively?

Regional/Cultural/Social  Context: 

  • Does the story fit in the Pakistani cultural/Social context?
  • Urdu and other regional languages will be given preference unless necessary for the situation (e.g doctors using English language or words while explaining disease process to patient/family)
  • English subtitles are must



  • All the students will be awarded with the certificate of participation
  • Not all films submitted may be able to receive a prize
  • Three best films will be selected from each category (according to duration of fil i.e Flash Film or Short Film)
  • Winners in each category will receive cash prizes




1. Flash Film


20,000 PKR



10,000 PKR




2. Short Film


25,000 PKR



15,000 PKR






  • After the contest, SMDC will reserve the rights to use these films for teaching & training purposes. The filmmakers will be duly accredited with each screening
  • The participants are requested to come up with their own original idea
  • Supervision and discussion is encouraged and offered


Contact us:

Department of Bioethics, SMDC.