Mission Statement

Imagine Science Films is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in existence since 2008 committed to promoting a high-level dialogue between scientists and filmmakers.

Our mission is to bridge the gap between art and science through film, thereby transforming the way science is communicated to the public and encouraging collaboration across disciplines.

Together scientists, who dedicate their lives to studying the world in which we live, and filmmakers, who interpret and expose this knowledge, can make science accessible and stimulating to the broadest possible audience. Imagine Science Films is committed to drawing attention to the sciences, whether it is through art or our community outreach efforts.

About Us

Imagine Science Films is proud to celebrate its 7th anniversary. Created in 2008 by geneticist and filmmaker Alexis Gambis, Imagine Science Films (ISF) has grown from a small film series at The Rockefeller University to  a major venue for the release of new and experimental works bridging the worlds of science and film.

In 2008, ISF founded the annual Imagine Science Film Festival, the first science film festival, founded and still run, by scientists. Each fall, the week long Imagine Science Film Festival celebrates science and art in venues around New York City.

In addition to the New York festival, ISF hosts satellite festivals around the world. Locations have included Chicago | Dublin | Quito | Bologna | Hong Kong | Athens | Kaluga | and Geneva.

To further engage the public with science through art and film, ISF hosts educational workshops, screenings and online events year round.

  • Thomas Campbell Jackson


  • Wendy Ettinger

    Vice Chair

  • Alexis Gambis


  • Ehsan Pishyar


  • Shripriya Mahesh

    Strategic Planning

  • Michael Purugganan

    Program Development

  • Stuart Firestein

    Educational Outreach