Awards

Award winners 2016

The Science Film Festival bestows six awards chosen by an international jury. They are complimented with a cash prize of 1 000 Euro each. The Prize of the Jury is complimented with a cash prize of 3 000 Euro.

The Visual Effects & Cinematography Award

Honours the film that demonstrates the highest level of visual craftsmanship through cinematography or animation. Moreover, the effects go beyond the aesthetic by serving an educational purpose. Scientific principles or processes are explained clearly and engagingly through the visual effects.

Winner 2016: Wild Germany - The Chiemsee

Although it has been shrinking in size since its original formation, the Chiemsee remains Bavaria’s largest lake. Situated at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, the lake reaches a maximum depth of 73 metres and its waters cover an area of over 80km ². The Chiemsee was formed 10.000 years ago from a dying glacier. Today it is fed by several rivers. This documentary presents life as it exists in and around the lake and shows how sensitively the cycle of nature reacts to human intervention.

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    The IPST Education Award

    Honours the film that stands as an excellent example of science journalism intended for young audiences aged 6 - 12. Scientific explanations are presented with the cognitive level of young viewers in mind and the structure of the film reflects an effective audio-visual pedagogical approach.

    Winner 2016: Full Proof – Domes

    “Full Proof” is a series of episodes presented by children from different countries. In this particular episode, eleven-year-old Aung, a postcard seller in a Myanmar temple town, asks himself how the temple domes were built and why they don’t fall down. He learns how to make a bridge from noodles and how to walk on eggshells. He also finds out what triangles have to do with architecture. Finally Aung takes on the task of building a dome big enough to crown his own souvenir shop.

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      The Ecofilmprize

      Honours the film that makes an exceptional effort to communicate and proliferate environmental awareness. Ecological issues are discussed and explained clearly. The film inspires to care about nature and cultivates a sense of responsibility in that respect.

      Winner 2016: Rare Earths

      Rare earths are the basic materials needed for the green technologies of the future, such as electric cars, wind turbines and solar cells. They are, however, not as green as we think. The extraction of these valuable minerals is associated with environmental pollution, radioactivity, and spoiled landscapes. Scientists are searching for ways to recycle minerals intelligently or even replace them with alternatives. This documentary questions whether rare earth metals may soon be a thing of the past.

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        The Discovery Award

        Honours the film that makes an outstanding effort to promote learning about science to the general public. The film generates interest and enthusiasm for science and knowledge acquisition. It provides an exemplary balance between education and entertainment of the highest quality.

        Winner 2016: The Great Math Mystery

        This mathematical voyage of discovery illustrates the power of maths and questions whether it is the language of the universe or purely a human invention. Mathematics is omnipresent, as can be seen, for example, in the spiral of seeds in the centre of a sunflower. It forms the basis of numerous scientific milestones and was essential to everything, from the first wireless radio transmissions, to the prediction and discovery of the Higgs boson and the successful landing of rovers on Mars. 

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          The Technology Award

          Honours the film that sheds light on technologies that improve living conditions and environmental sustainability. The film accessibly introduces decisive technologies that are changing or going to change our lives in the 21st Century in mobility, health, communication or energy.

          Winner 2016: Biomaterials – Patented Solutions from Nature

          Nature produces biomaterials with the most amazing properties. Plants and animals are capable of producing complex materials such as cobwebs, wood or even the exotic glass sponge, from very few basic components. Scientists are keen to learn from this and use the knowledge for their research into new intelligent biomaterials. These examples from nature offer potential for all sorts of technical applications, e.g. autonomous nano robots or roofs which automatically unfold when it starts to rain.

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            The Prize of the Jury

            Honours the film that makes a particularly strong impression on the jury and is relevant to the theme of the year. The film delivers an emotional and intellectual resonance, which distinguishes it as an overall outstanding work of science journalism through film and television.

            Winner 2016: The Origami-Code – Scientists Uncover the Power of Folding

            Much of what develops in nature has folds: flower buds, wings, the brain, genes... In the last 20 years, science has discovered the principles of Origami. The art of folding has entered into innovative areas of research and could now lead the way to the final stage in bionics. Researchers in the fields of robotics, medicine, biology and nanotechnology hope to be able to solve highly complex mathematical problems through the study of this natural phenomenon or to derive other practical technical benefits from it.

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              International Jury 2016

              Markus Nikel

              Markus Nikel
              Managing Consultant and Commissioning Editor International Projects and Coproductions & Independent Consultant International Television and Crossmedia Production
              RAI Educational

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              Geraldine Mouche

              Geraldine Mouche
              Programme Manager
              AIBD – Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development

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              Hanaa Hosny

              Hanaa Hosny
              Head of Programmes and Events Section
              Planetarium Science Center, Library of Alexandria

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              Jean-Marc Leblanc

              Jean-Marc Leblanc
              IRD Resident Representative Burkina Faso
              L'Institut de recherche pour le développement

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              Lapapan Choovong

              Lapapan Choovong
              Special Advisor to the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science & Technology in Thailand (IPST) and Former National Programme Officer in the Communication and Information Unit at UNESCO Bangkok

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