SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE is August 15th, 2020 for filmmakers and scientists to participate in THE SYMBIOSIS COMPETITION at the 13th Imagine Science Films Festival / ISFF13 that will be held in October 2020.
The Symbiosis initiative is a unique incubator launched seven years ago by Imagine Science Films. It brings together invited scientists and filmmakers at-large to collaborate and create science films during the length of the one-week film festival.

The theme of this year's Symbiosis is MIGRATION IN TIMES OF CRISIS.

We encourage filmmaker/scientist pairs to explore the ISFF13 Festival theme "Migration" through the lens of the current pandemic. The collaboration aims to explore the breadth of relationships we have with viruses and how this ties us scientifically, culturally and socially. Our teams will explore the many ways of living through a pandemic from 'forced co-existence" to "harmonious symbiotic relationships" and everything in-between.

These resulting films will be presented as part of the 13th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival that will take place in October 2020.
This initiative is possible through the support of Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation dedicated to inspiring a deeper interest in science, especially among those who don't think of themselves as science enthusiasts. Science Sandbox supports and collaborate with programs that unlock scientific thinking in everyone.
How To Apply
Your application should include:

  1. Complete application form (below).
  2. Submit a cover letter (PDF) telling us a bit about you and why you would like to be part of this year's Symbiosis competition.
  3. Resume (PDF)
  4. Link to work and/or portfolio.

If you have any questions about your application, or would like to send us your application directly, contact us at:

in subject line, please include your full name and whether you're applying as a scientist or a filmmaker

Visit to learn more about what to expect from this year's Symbiosis Competition!
The Symbiosis Competition 2020: Application Form
Profession (Filmmaker / Scientist)
Link to work and/or portfolio
Cover Letter
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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