Imagine Science Films presents its first ever 48 Hour Film Competition in partnership with Panavision, The Science and Entertainment Exchange, Tribeca Film Institute, Nanotronics, and Made in NY Media Center by IFP.

Tying into this year’s festival theme of “TIME”, the 48 Hour Film Competition challenged six teams of filmmakers and scientists to create an original science film (nonfiction, fiction, experimental, or all of these at once) during a compressed period of time. On Friday October 17th, opening night of the 7th annual Imagine Science Film Festival, teams were announced and the competition began! Teams then had the remainder of the weekend to shoot and edit their films. Check out the final films playlist above!

Teams will be assigned a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in their movie. Over the course of the weekend, the teams have access to classroom space at Made in NY Media Center by IFP in DUMBO, Brooklyn and the rest of the city beyond, through which to realize an original short 3-5 minute film, written, shot, edited, and scored within 48 hours.

These prompts were based off of the research of the scientific advisors listed below

Team 1: Coat Color is not an Indicator of Subspecies Identity in Colombian Woolly Monkeys
Team 2: A synchronized quorum of genetic clocks
Team 3: The Neural Basis of the Dynamic Unconscious
Team 4: Inferring the gravitational potential of the Milky Way with a few precisely measured stars
Team 5: Evolution of crop species: genetics of domestication and diversification
Team 6: RNA Modifications In Unexpected Places

Films will be judged based on creativity and scientific narrative by the scientific advisors (of course, not voting for the films they worked on!). The filmmaker on the winning team will be awarded a $15,000 in rental value at Panavision and the scientist on the winning team will receive $2000 cash award sponsored by The Science and Entertainment Exchange.

Final Screening
Final films will be screened on Sunday evening, October 19, following the shorts program Time Control at 7PM. Doors open at 6:30PM. Reception to follow.

The Made in New York Media Center by IFP
30 John Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(DUMBO, Brooklyn)

Cost: $10 public, $5 students


Charlotte Rabate
Charlotte Rabate is a French film writer/director. Her Durex spec was awarded the Best Student Commercial award at the 2013 AICP awards and earned a Porsche Design award. Charlotte was also nominated for a Cannes’ Lion Young Director Award in 2014. She’s been directing several short films which involve a fascination for youth, the passing of time and solitary characters evolving in a dreamlike atmosphere which echoes their inner thoughts. Her short film “Lucille in the Sky” premiered at the Edinburgh Film festival and her latest short “Man”, shot in Thailand, won the Amazing Thai Film Challenge.

Charlotte has a background in Economics having graduated from the London School of Economics and received a MFA in Filmmaking at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, with the generous support of the W.T.C Johnson Scholarship. She is now concentrating on commercial work as well as finishing writing her first feature, set in Lebanon and Syria in the 1960s.

Maria Juranic
Maria Juranic is a freelance Director and Producer residing in Brooklyn, NY. She worked on shows like Sesame Street and feature films like “A Serious Man” by the Coen Brothers, and continued on to be an Animator for MTV, Converse and General Mills, as well as a Music Video Director for companies and record labels such as Atlantic Records and Sony Entertainment. Her style and films stretch the boundaries of traditional filmmaking by combining mixed media and magical realism in her work. Most recently she directed a short film in stereoscopic 3D, Oceans, that has screened at festivals across the nation including Hollyshorts Film Festival in LA. She is currently in pre-production for her short narrative film “Do Not Disturb”.

Gigi Polo
Gigi Polo is a Parsons graduate from the Communication Design Department. She launched her studio—Myellow Boots—in 2005, offering services to small and starting businesses in the non- profit industry, and to Publications like Domino Magazine, The New Yorker and RedBook Magazine, among others. As an instructor, Gigi teaches Art Theory and Design, Digital design, and Branding at Parsons The New School for Design, and has been teaching abroad at Altos de Chavón, the School of Design and the Museum of Modern Art, both in the Dominican Republic. She is currently co-director of global branding and research fellow for the Nemetics Institute of Arts & Science in Kolkata, India (NIASK) doing research on “complex adaptive systems” within creative processes and neuroscience. Also a filmmaker, Gigi directed, produced, and edited a documentary about Bipolar Disorder and the Artistic Temperament called Madly Gifted (, which has been screened in several venues, such as Hawaii, New York City, and Dominican Republic. To see some of her work, please go to:

Narina Jabari
Narina Jabari is a Toronto-based scientist and filmmaker, writer, graphic designer, and traveler. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from McMaster University, spending much of her time getting cozy with various types of fish and crabs in the lab, or catching them in the field. She’s worked on projects at McMaster, the University of British Columbia, and Bamfield Marine Sciences Center. Following these experiences, she decided to pursue the film dreams of her 9 year old self and completed a summer film program at Langara College in Vancouver. Narina is interested in everything from dramatic fiction to wildlife non-fiction, with a central premise of remixing disciplines through thought-provoking stories as a way of learning about ourselves and the universe.

Dave Kaufman
Dave Kaufman is a film maker and sword fighter currently hanging around the border of Brooklyn and Queens. He is best known for his exercises in time, and his 48hfp projects where he leads the team Phantom Friends. He likes cooking, puppets, and the deconstruction of time as a medium. If he’s not hanging out with his cats, he’s making strange videos for all the internet to see.

Jonathan Minard
Jonathan Minard’s films depict our collective dreams of the near future. His company, Deepspeed Media, has produced award winning stories on far-reaching subjects at the edges of science: space exploration, robotics, digital art, and synthetic biology. Themes of curiosity and invention, our innate drive to explore the unknown and create the impossible, recur in his work.

His recent films look at culture through the lens of data. This line of inquiry began with a documentary on the world’s largest digital library, the Internet Archive [].

At the confluence of new media and filmmaking, Minard develops new formats and techniques for telling stories. His project, CLOUDS, an interactive documentary, presents conversations with digital artists in a web of ideas visualized using code.


Rachel Meyer
Rachel Meyer is a plant evolutionary biologist currently working as a postdoc at New York University’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology. She earned her PhD in Biology from the City University of New York and did her thesis work at The New York Botanical Garden. Rachel studies crop domestication, obsessed with the global diversity of food crops of all sorts, but has expertise primarily in nightshades and rices. She explores the genomic-wide and ethnobotanical diversity of crop varieties to uncover genes useful to crop improvement, such as those that increase antioxidant levels or that make plants salt tolerant. To complement her postdoctoral research, she has helped start a science outreach company called Shoots and Roots Bitters, bringing botanical research and underdog crop species into the spotlight of the beverage industry.

Maryam Zaringhalam
Maryam found her way into science through her childhood love of Legos. Fascinated with blueprints and building blocks, she found herself naturally drawn to genetics—to life’s molecular building blocks that make us uniquely us. Maryam is currently a graduate student at The Rockefeller University where she uses yeast as a model to understand how modest modifications to the cell’s RNA can ultimately affect how those cells function—an emerging field fancily dubbed “epitranscriptomics.” When she’s not pipetting away at her lab bench, Maryam runs a blog and Brooklyn-based series called ArtLab, which pairs scientists and artists to explore the intersection between their work.

Sergio Botero
Sergio holds two Bachelors of Science, Biology and Microbiology, and a Master of Science in Biological Sciences, from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, where he comes from. His research experience encompasses ecology, primatology, conservation, and sustainable development. He’s also taught field methods for marine ecology and invertebrate biology and laboratory methods for plant physiology. Currently a PhD candidate working in biodesign and genetic engineering at the Rockefeller University in New York City, Sergio also leads a sustainable development consulting firm in his home country, and is involved in the art world as an installation artist.

Tal Danino
Originally from Los Angeles, Tal received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego where he focused on genetically programming bacteria to communicate and synchronize their behaviors. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as a visiting fellow at The Rockefeller University in New York City. As a postdoctoral fellow, he researches the use of bacteria for cancer therapy and diagnostics. Tal’s work has been published in many scientific journals including Nature & Science, and is also actively involved in developing art & outreach programs that promote interest in science and cancer research to a general audience. To see more of his work visit

Adrian Price-Whelan
After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Physics from NYU, Adrian moved all the way up to the uncharted, northern territories of upper Manhattan, where he is now a fourth-year PhD student at Columbia University in the Department of Astronomy. Adrian thinks he has accumulated two masters degrees over the last few years — a Masters of Science and Masters of Philosophy, both in astronomy and astrophysics — but is too busy working on his thesis to remember. His research interests are primarily focused on galaxies — in particular, galactic dynamics and the formation and evolution of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. He is especially interested in the distribution of Dark Matter around galaxies and how we can use observations of things we can see (stars and gas) to measure the things we can’t. Adrian spends most of his research time programming, being evangelistic about statistics, and talking about dynamics. Outside of work, he enjoys playing and listening to music, programming and “hacking” with data, and science outreach through the Columbia astronomy department’s extremely active public outreach program.

Heather Berlin
Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where she also completed her NIMH postdoctoral fellowship. She explores the complex interactions of the human brain and mind with the goal of contributing to improved treatment and prevention of impulsive and compulsive psychiatric disorders. She is also interested in the neural basis of consciousness, dynamic unconscious processes, and creativity. Heather is a Visiting Scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Vassar College, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology/University of Zurich, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Heather is passionate about public outreach and science communication. She was a presenter on the Discovery Channel series Superhuman Showdown and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival show Off the Top. She has made numerous media appearances, which include the History Channel, BBC World Service, World Science Festival, StarTalk Radio with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and an upcoming interview with Deepak Chopra on Oprah Radio and TED talk. She received her Masters in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, Master of Public Health from Harvard University, and PhD from the University of Oxford.

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