The 8th Imagine Science Film Festival, October 16 – 23, 2015.

The festival theme is “AIR”!

Air. Nitrogen, Oxygen, Argon, Carbon Dioxide. What fills our lungs and fills the skies. The medium through which birds and airplanes glide, not to mention sound waves. Easy to overlook, impossible to live without. The 8th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival will focus on air in all its forms and meanings: respiration, aeronautics, the elemental composition of the atmosphere, weather, climate, sublimation, gas properties, the mechanics of sound, and all of the mundane and esoteric ways in which air touches everything in and beyond our world.

Though this subject is the special focus of this year’s festival, we’ll also be accepting films on the full spectrum of other scientific subjects, as always.

When will the festival take place?

The 8th Imagine Science Film Festival will run for one week, October 16 – 23, 2015.

Where will the festival take place?

Each year, the festival circulates through a variety of venues, including theaters, museums, and universities throughout New York, Brooklyn, and Queens. Past venues included The Museum of the Moving Image, New School, the New York Academy of the Sciences, Anthology Film Archive, Google NY, the Bell House, Spectacle Theater, Rockefeller University, and the Made in NY Media Center.

What kinds of films should I submit?

Startle us, surprise us, amaze us! We love films that defy categorization: show us fictional documentaries, scientific fact expressed through storytelling, stunning data visualizations, science concepts explored through experimental film, and inventive animation techniques! And of course, we’ll always welcome documentaries with a strong narrative thread, and science fiction with a sound scientific basis. It’s really very open-ended.

We accept submissions in three categories: Shorts, Documentaries, and Features.

What are the submission deadlines and fees?

Earlybird deadline May 1 — $15
Regular deadline July 1 — $20
Late deadline August 1 — $25

Are the films in competition?

Yes. All of our documentary and short films are eligible for four awards:

Scientific Merit Award (Nature Publishing Group, 2,500 USD )
The Nature Scientific Merit Award is awarded by a jury panel to the film that exemplifies science in storytelling and narrative filmmaking in a compelling, credible and inspiring manner.

Audience Choice Award (Nature Publishing Group, 1,000 USD)
Nature awards the Audience Award to the film that received the most audience votes during the festival.

The Scientist Award (AAAS/Science, 500 USD)
Films made by and about scientists are eligible, and the winner will receive in addition to $500 cash a year-long subscription to Science magazine. The goal of this award is to encourage more scientists to create films that let us into their minds, labs, and lifestyle.

Honorable Mention
Short Film will receive particular attention by Imagine Science Films, its sponsors, and science/art connections.

What submission formats do you accept?

We now accept (and even prefer!) online submissions. When submitting your film, please send us your screeners through private vimeo or youtube links directly to programming@imaginesciencefilms.org, or through the online film submissions in Withoutabox.

Or mail DVDs (Region 1 or Region 0, PAL or NTSC) to:

Imagine Science Films
Attn: Film Submissions
18 Bridge Street suite 3J
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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