SCINEMA 2020 announces new award categories

SCINEMA 2020 announces new award categories

New award categories announced for SCINEMA 2020. 


Film submissions for SCINEMA International Science Film Festival 2020 opened last week with a handful of exciting new award categories!

While some of last year’s awards, such as Scientific Merit, will return for 2020 – SCINEMA Best Film and SCINEMA Best Documentary have been combined.

As for everything else, we’ve decided to shake it up a little bit.

“This is the first year we have provided specific entry categories. We’re hoping to inspire new filmmakers that may not see their work falling into the traditional science or STEM arena,” says Katherine Roberts, Partnerships and Events Manager at The Royal Institution of Australia, the Adelaide-based publisher of SCINEMA.

One of the new categories is the Indigenous/First Nations award. This award will celebrate the scientific endeavours and storied that are centred around Indigenous science or those that either feature or are created by First Nations People.

Another new category that we’re particularly excited about is SCINEMA Junior. Here, we’re looking for films that are created and produced by those who are 17 years or younger.

“We are really excited to introduce a Junior category into SCINEMA and look forward to engaging school students in the excitement of filmmaking and science communication,” says Katherine.

“We know there are some extremely talented young people out there and we want this category to help bridge the gap between science theory, that they might be learning about at school and their creative skills that gets them so excited and enthused; we want everyone to love science as much as us, so why not start young?”

Other new award categories include Best Experimental/Animation, Best Short Film, Best Online Format and the Social Impact Award.

Film submissions will close in January 2020. Followed by premiere screenings in June.

For those who are interested, head to FilmFreeway for more information! We can’t wait to see what you’ve created.