Sri Lanka 1st Edition
In 2017, the international dimension of the Science Film Festival included South Asia for the first time and as a part of this extension, Sri Lanka joined the festival as a newcomer. There is tremendous interest in Sri Lanka to improve science education in the country. Therefore, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research stepped in as the major partner of the Goethe-Institut to implement the festival together with other partners such as GIZ, Leo Clubs and the Sri Lankan Academy of Young Scientists. A selection of 24 films chosen for Sri Lanka was presented nationwide from October 23 to November 24 in primary and secondary schools, universities and for general audiences as well. The kick-off in Sri Lanka took place in all 25 districts with more than 650 screening locations and reaching an astonishing 85,000 visitors in its inaugural year.
Special events at the Goethe-Institut in Colombo included a screening of the opening film “Chasing Coral” for the general public as well as a round of discussions together with experts in media, science and education in cooperation with the national broadcaster Rupavahini TV, to raise understanding of producing edutainment science programs in television.
The Goethe-Institut aims to build on this significant success with its partners in Sri Lanka in an effort to provide sustainable access to science communication in the educational system, as well as for the general public.