The 11th Imagine Science Film Festival
The theme of the the 11th Imagine Science Film Festival is SURVIVAL

Crisis. Entropy. Extinction. Last year we celebrated the past ten years of the Imagine Science Film Festival's existence, but this year we take a hard look ahead at the high stakes for all life on an Earth facing climate change, species loss, nuclear proliferation, the imminent exhaustion of our energy resources. Existence itself is not assured.

But wherever we consider such direly high stakes, we can also aspire to a better world. New technologies constantly open new possibilities and sociopolitical change opens the way for new ideas to take hold. For every dystopia, a corresponding utopia may be within reach. It may be a struggle, but the record of all life is that of an eon-spanning fight to stay alive.

This year, send us your speculative hopes and fears, your studies of tumultuous natural history and startling feats of adaptation, all your endings and new beginnings. Apoptosis versus immortal cell lines. Half-lives and radical life extension. Obsolete inventions inspiring crucial breakthroughs. Illness and regeneration. The deaths of stars and the necessary paths to SURVIVAL.
When will the festival take place?
The 11th Imagine Science Film Festival will take place in October 2018.

Where will the festival take place?
Each year, the festival travels to venues throughout New York City. Last year's venues included National Sawdust, the Rubin Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the New School, the New York Hall of Science, the Cooper Union, Cobble Hill Cinemas, the Rockefeller University, Spectacle Theater, NYU's Film Production Lab, Bowery Poetry Club, and Made in NY Media Center.
What kinds of films should I submit?
Startle us, surprise us, amaze us! We particularly love films that defy categorization: not just inventive documentary and gripping scientific fiction, but fictional documentaries, raw lab data aesthetics, thought-provoking experimental film, personal essay narratives, and innovative animation! We also provide a unique platform for sci-art collaboration: scientists and filmmakers working together, but also scientists making their films and artists conducting their own scientific experiments. It's all very open-ended. We just want to see your work. And of course, for this year of survival, all of the urgent issues of today and tomorrow are welcome.

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 July 15 — $25
Are the films in competition?
Yes. All of our documentary and short films are eligible for several awards, and over $5,000 in prizes. Awards include the Scientific Merit Award, the Scientist Award, the Visual Science Award the SciArt Award, and the Audience Choice Award.
What submission formats do you accept?
We now accept (and even prefer!) online submissions. When submitting your film, please send us your screeners through Vimeo, Youtube, or other private links directly to

You can also submit your film screener directly through Withoutabox.

If you choose to mail a DVD (Region 1 or Region 0, PAL or NTSC), send to:

Imagine Science Films
New Lab
19 Morris Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

How else can I get involved?
Become a Sponsor, Patron, or Volunteer! Details here.
Where did the SURVIVAL image come from?
It was modified from a beautiful photo by Stephen Leonardi.
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