With new events, panels, receptions, and the largest selection of science based films to date, the 5th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival promises to be an exciting 9 days of films presenting scientific fact in compelling visual narrative. This year, the festival will present films that stimulate the synapses and the senses by exploring in the inner mind and the brain in all its states.
Full day programs will be devoted to avant-garde science bits, documentaries, footage from actual lab experiments, discussion about the meaning of dreams and kid-friendly science-based films.
The Imagine Science Film Festival is first science film festival in the world founded by scientists. It aims to transform the way science and scientists are portrayed in mainstream media, while emphasizing the importance of storytelling, narrative structure, and visual communication.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the ISFF take place this year?
The 2012 festival will take place from November 8-16 in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and New Jersey.
Where can I see the ISFF films?
To see all of this year’s films, you’ll have to attend the festival in November! Some films will be available afterwards both on our website and on AAAS MemberCentral Portal.
From Jason Silva, Director of To Understand Is To Perceive Patterns (Honorable Mention, UCD Imagine Science Film Festival, 2012):
I adore the ethos of Imagine Science Film Festival. Scientific ideas still have to compete for our “attention” in the “idea-marketplace”— as a communicator and artist, I find it a wonderful creative challenge to figure out ways to engage people to look deeper into these big ideas.. I want to infect people with awe- to pull them out of context in such a dramatic fashion that they need to recalibrate their mental schemata to accomodate the experience. My work is inspired by big ideas related to technology, science and the human condition. Anything that makes me go “wow”.
From Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhard, Directors of Magnetic Movie (Nature Scientific Merit Award 2009):
We’ve been following the festival all week online and wished we were there to check out all the great films — now we’re totally amazed to have won this prize! We made Magnetic Movie during an incredible opportunity to spend time with space scientists at UC Berkeley, they were so generous with their time and knowledge, and were excited to see the finished result, we can’t wait to tell them the good news! As you send us this great news we are far from civilization deep inside England’s largest forest filming our next project. Thank you, Imagine Science Film Festival.”
Jessica Sharzer, Director of The Wormhole (Nature Scientific Merit Award 2008)
“There is an unfortunate split between science and art, both in school and in popular culture. The Imagine Science Film Festival is groundbreaking in bringing together scientists and filmmakers into a new dialogue which will, hopefully, inspire new representations of science on screen. It is certainly the first time I have ever shown my film to a room full of scientists.”