SCINEMA 2020 submissions now open!

SCINEMA 2020 submissions now open!

SCINEMA 2020 is now open for film submissions. We can’t wait to see what you’ve produced! So what are you waiting for?

Entries are now open for the 20th SCINEMA International Science Film Festival, showcasing the best science films from around the world.

SCINEMA (pronounced sci-nema) is the largest science-based film festival in the southern hemisphere. In 2019, films were screened to an audience of over 100,000 in 600 locations nationwide.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2020 SCINEMA International Science Film Festival. Entries are open to feature films, documentaries, experimental and animations and short films (under 30 minutes).

This season will also include several new award categories including SCINEMA Junior, an award for filmmakers aged 17 years and younger, to engage school students in the excitement of filmmaking and science communication.

An Indigenous/First Nations award aims to advocate and celebrate the scientific endeavours, stories and voices of Indigenous people. This category includes films that are crafted, filmed, written or produced by First Nations people and those that feature Indigenous science.

Other award categories include Best Online Format, for films developed for social media and a Social Impact Award, for films that inspire compassion or social transformation about current or pressing issues that define our time.

Help us put the science in cinema! Submissions for the Festival are being accepted through Film Freeway. Closing date: 4 January 2020.

The 2020 season will mark the 20th anniversary of SCINEMA. Since it’s humble beginning in 2000, the festival has grown from a single screening at the Center Cinema in Canberra, to regional towns and capital cities across the country. In 2016, SCINEMA voyaged to Antarctica, with a special screening at the scientific research centre, Davis Station.

“A major component of the SCINEMA International Film Festival mission is to expand and engage audiences in science storytelling,” said Nicola Gaskell, Marketing Manager at The Royal Institution of Australia, the Adelaide-based publisher of SCINEMA, online science blog Australia’s Science Channel, Cosmos – a quarterly print magazine and online science website, Ultimate Careers and a free STEM Education platform for teachers.

SCINEMA films aim to promote discussions around how we address the most pressing global challenges of our time, inspiring future generations to make the next big discoveries that will change our world, while celebrating the best science storytelling.

From feature film debuts to the latest shorts and documentaries covering the important scientific issues of our time, SCINEMA International Science Film Festival invites all filmmakers to submit their films now for 2020.

Before entering, festival organisers urge all entrants to review the submission requirements closely, to ensure all entries meet premiere status and broader eligibility requirements. An entrance fee of $10 applies to all categories. Head to FilmFreeway for full eligibility criteria and submission details.