SCINEMA International Science Film Festival 2022 Award Winners

Congratulations to all the 2022 winners. 

SECRETS IN THE SCAT (Austria)

Winner: Best Documentary / Film

Directed by: Ruth Berry

Country of origin: Austria
Duration: 51 minutes

The science of animal poo! Follow wildlife biologist Scott Burnett, aka Scat Man, as he looks for the facts in the faeces of endangered species! Scat is the word biologists use for animal poo. It’s pure gold for researchers. A window into ecology without having to harm an animal – or a scientist.

THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION: LAST LETTER FROM WILSON (Republic of Korea)

Winner: Social Impact Award

Directed by: Pyeongsoon Choi

Duration: 47 minutes

The last letter from a 92-year-old biologist called “a new Darwin” to humanity. Numerous species are disappearing due to human activities such as using fossil fuels, habitat destruction, overfishing, etc. There have been five mass extinction in 4.6 billion years of Earth history, and now the sixth mass extinction is underway due to human action. Edward Wilson (1929-2021), who watched the prelude to disaster, warns of the future of humankind with an urgent voice.

THE LAKE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD (USA)

Winner: Award for Scientific Merit

Directed by: Kathryn Kasic

Duration: 1 hour 31 minutes

An international team of scientists venture into the virtually unknown interior of Antarctica to explore a lake buried 3,600 feet beneath the ice. Their success hinges on the performance of their custom-built hot water drill and their ability to work as a team in the harshest climate on the planet. As they struggle against the ferocity of the ice and wind to unravel mysteries buried deep under Antarctica, they consider how our relationship with nature – and with one another — will impact humanity’s future and the future of all life on our rapidly changing planet.

HOW COVID-19 MRNA VACCINES WORK (USA)

Winner: Best Animation/Experimental

Directed by: Donald Rayne Mitchell

Duration: 2 minutes

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines deliver directions to make a protein that educates our immune system, so it will neutralise the virus in future encounters. The mRNA-containing lipid particles are taken up by specialised immune system cells.

THE LIVING SEA (Hong Kong)

Winner: SCINEMA Junior

Directed by: Ema Poposka

Duration: 15 minutes

We are the only planet with oceans, and they are indispensable for our survival. However, many people are unaware of the importance of ocean creatures and how to protect them. This is because they don’t really see them every day. Sea creatures are just lunch or dinner or an ingredient in cosmetics. Young scuba diver Ema Poposka believes if people could see the beauty of the ocean and of the corals, they will change their minds about sea protection. Ema’s aim with the documentary film made by a crew of 12-15 year old students is to raise awareness about the uniqueness of Hong Kong corals, the need to start taking care of corals, and how we can do this in our everyday life. 

SHATTERING STARS (USA)

Winner: Best Short Film

Directed by: Peter Galison

Duration: 12 minutes

Shattering Stars tells a story of ambition and betrayal, of loss and perseverance at the pinnacle of scientific research. Making use of original audio recordings of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (Chandra), the film alternates its limited-motion animation between a representational-documentary and imaginative-subjective style.

UNVARNISHED DIARIES OF A CERN SCIENTIST – WORKING ON THE BIGGEST SCIENCE EXPERIMENT EVER (Austria)

Winner: Best Online Format

Directed by: Markus Mooslechner

Duration: 9 minutes

CERN is preparing for the largest science experiment ever, and a group of young scientists and engineers are at the forefront. But what do brilliant researchers actually do in their spare time? Or do they have that at all? In very personal diaries, they give an insight into their everyday lives in Collider Diaries and don’t stop at showing what drives them, how they live, and what they do when they’re not working on the world’s largest particle accelerator. Physicist Dorothea Fonnesu is part of a select group of engineers and researchers with whom CERN is studying the feasibility of the largest scientific experimental laboratory ever. A new particle accelerator, 300 meters underground, 100 kilometers long, even passing under Lake Geneva. 

CRY OF THE CORALS (India)

Winner: SCINEMA Junior Merit Award

Directed by: Sakina Mandsaurwalla 

Duration: 5 minutes

hat tells the story of a girl named Sakina and Captain Mr John. They talk about the importance, problems and solutions of the corals. We all share the planet and thus have a responsibility in striking a balance and maintaining harmony. We are in some way interdependent so it’s our duty to protect, and preserve the beauty of nature to any extent. We must protect them by eliminating pollution and overfishing and immediately start to responsibly manage and protect all marine life around the world. 

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