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Dear ISF Community
Our 10th Anniversary Year
2017 was a Tour de Force!
This is what we accomplished.
In New York City, our founding city and home base, we hosted the 10th Imagine Science Film Festival NY. This week-long celebration of science and film featured 23 diverse events including 6 feature films & 87 shorts, live cinema and interactive experiences, workshops and panel discussions. Our venues ranged from popular cinemas and cafes to institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, the Rubin Museum, New York University, the New School, the Rockefeller University, and the New York Hall of Science.
We dramatically increased our direct involvement facilitating science-film productions. Partnering with the Science Sandbox at the Simons Foundation, we paired scientists and filmmakers who had never met for this year's Symbiosis Competition to create original films with guidance from our community and awards from the Tribeca Film Institute.
We produced an omnibus feature, Mosaic, wherein ten filmmakers from five countries created hybrid short films, including interviews with five leading scientists, including several Nobel Laureates.
Additional programming in New York City throughout the year included a children's science film program at BRIC Arts Media House and five editions of our pop-up Science Matters screening series featuring conversation with Noah Hutton, Emily Driscoll, Liron Unreich & Daniella Schiller, Flora Lichtman & Sharon Shattuck, and Experiments in Art and Technology, hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image's Sonia Epstein.
National and international operations included a full satellite festival with six programs of films at Viten Festival in Bergen, Norway, a program with the Athens Digital Arts Festival, four nights of films at Wofford College in South Carolina, and three film programs at the Copernicus Museum in Warsaw as part of the Przemiany Festival.
We also organized and ran two more Imagine Science multi-day festivals. Imagine Science Abu Dhabi occurred in March - including film programs, an art-science exhibition space, gallery and film talks, and student filmmaking workshop for middle school students. Imagine Science Paris occurred in June across Paris at incredible venues including the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature and the historic Grand Action theater.
In addition to these operations, we've also vastly increased the reach of our programming through our new sister organization Labocine, which brings monthly video magazine issues featuring new films and past festival favorites to streaming audiences around the world, and regular Spotlight stories featuring interviews/survey articles.
Each achievement on this list is the reward of a decade of hard work, as well as a testament to the unflagging support of our team, donors, sponsors, artists, and volunteers, some of whom have been with us from our earliest days at The Rockefeller University. As we move into our next ten years, we aim to expand as an international resource, active network and training ground for the scientist filmmaker community in the next decade.

As always, your donations go a long a way in helping us achieve these goals. For the first time, we have formalized our donor network - The Imagine Science Patrons. Monthly donations from this special group will serve as the backbone for our organization, providing funding opportunities to connect scientists and filmmakers, provide them with resources, and showcase their work. Thank you, and happy holidays from your family at Imagine Science Films.
The Imagine Science Films Team
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