As much as we appreciate a good blockbuster film, science doesn’t seem to always get the screen time (we think) it deserves.
That’s where the SCINEMA International Science Film Festival comes in. Established in 2000, it is a celebration of the power of the moving image to showcase the world, how it works, and our place in it.
Whether it’s the long slog and occasional thrill of discovery, the awesome scale of our Universe, the beauty of nature, environmental challenges, or how technology will shape our future, there are hundreds of science stories we want to see on screen – including your stories.
SCINEMA (pronounced with a long “I” to emphasise the science behind the cinema) provides a platform for filmmakers – professional, amateur and student – to showcase their work, from dramas to documentaries, animations to epic natural history.
The event attracts entries from across the world, including form some of the world’s most respected science factual programs, producers and directors.
This year, SCINEMA went completely digital, and more than 3000 people hosted at-home screenings as part of the community program to an audience of over 97,000 viewers.
The winning films looked at everything from the science of mindfulness to the trailblazing primatology legacy of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Biruté Galdikas. There was a powerful call-to-arms from climate activist Greta Thunberg and an absorbing documentary on bomb-detecting rats.
The 2021 festival will include eight categories, with winning films and selected other entries to be screened from June to August (depending on COVID-19 restrictions).
You can submit your science films through Filmfreeway any time between now and 13 February.
Entries also are open for SCINEMA Junior, which caters specifically for filmmakers aged 17 or under.
And you can read more about SCINEMA here.
Kelly Wong is the social media manager at The Royal Institution of Australia. She has a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Allergy and Immunology, Hons Class I.
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