ISFF 2020

Submissions for the 13th Imagine Science Film Festival are now open.

The theme of the 13th Imagine Science Film Festival is "MIGRATION"
The flight of the arctic tern, the multi-generational travels of the monarch butterfly, the return of eels to the streams they hatched in. The arduous journeys of displaced peoples. Data systems in flux. The complex movements of cells, from embryonic origins to developed organisms. This year we seek MIGRATIONS of all kinds.

Though this subject is the special focus of this year's festival, we'll also be accepting films of any and all other genres, methodologies, and subjects, as always.
When will the festival take place?
The 13th Imagine Science Film Festival will take place in October 2020.

Where will the festival take place?
Each year, the festival travels to venues throughout New York City. Recent locations include the American Museum of Natural History, National Sawdust, Museum of the Moving Image, New York Hall of Science, Anthology Film Archives, New School, the Rubin Museum, Rockefeller University, and many more.
What kinds of films should I submit?
Startle us, surprise us, amaze us! We always love films that defy categorization: show us fictional documentaries, scientific fact expressed through gripping stories, eye-grabbing data visualizations, thought-provoking experimental film, and innovative animation! And of course, we'll always welcome documentaries with a strong narrative thread, and science fiction with a sound scientific basis. It's really up to you.

We accept submissions in three categories: Shorts, Documentaries, and Features. Shorts and Documentaries may be up to 40 minutes in length, features are considered to be any film, fiction or documentary, over 40 minutes in length.
What are the submission deadlines and fees?
+ Earlybird deadline April 15 — $15
+ Regular deadline June 15 — $20
+ Late deadline August 1 — $25
Are the films in competition?
Yes. All of our documentary and short films are eligible for several awards, with prizes from $500 and up. Awards include the Scientific Merit Award, the Scientist Award, the Visual Science Award, and the People's Choice Award.
What submission formats do you accept?
All of our submissions are now online through Film Freeway.

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