Awards

Award winners 2015

The Science Film Festival bestows seven 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 2015: Life Force 2: Borneo

Absolutely stunning capture of the characteristics of a unique place on Earth and explanations of why it is so unique. The spectacular cinematography of the island of Borneo portrays local wildlife like never seen before. The approach of the filmmakers is to explore the particularities of animals such as elephants, rhinos and monkeys, and their unique behaviours of survival on the island through exceptional wildlife photography.

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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 2015: The Show with the Mouse: Glass Engraving

    The short film and explanation piece is exceptionally well designed and the humorous touch appeals to young viewers. The laser-engraving principle is explained in a simple and effective way for an accessible understanding by the target age group. The narration stays clear of any technical terms and the film is well adapted to different countries and cultures. Overall, it is an outstanding example of excellent educational television.

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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 2015: Killer Whales – Fins of Change

      Through outstanding cinematography and thorough research, the film looks into how climate change is introducing a new predator to the region, affecting the food chain in the Arctic. The film's dramatic story tells of the scientists’ investigations, as well as how adaptation is important for the survival of polar bears and the local Inuit people in the light of the melting ice and the appearance of a new predator in the local eco system due to these changes.

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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 2015: The Phoney War of Alan Turing

        Although the subject of a recent Hollywood movie, this film really captures the scientific thought behind Alan Touring’s work. The comparison of how Turing thought about code-breaking compared to the common thought of the day, reveals his genius. It is not a matter of new ways of thinking that can revolutionize the world. The film shows the possible social consequences of analytical thinking and the courage sometimes needed to pursue scientific truths in difficult times.

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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 2015: Brussels – City of Light

          The film guides the viewer on a fascinating tour of the advanced light technologies being developed within the European community and their potential applications. The film succeeds in engaging its audience by effectively highlighting the connection between technology and society, allowing us to see what is possible already today and to imagine how the impending revolution in light technologies may shape our future.

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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 2015: The Physics of Light

            The film takes the viewer on an amazing scientific journey through the physics of light. Focusing on this crucial theme about the nature of the universe, it focuses on Einstein´s life, explaining his thoughts and discoveries through an inventive approach. Engaging sequences presented by the host take the viewer from past to future, connecting ideas and concepts and enriching our understanding of light in a way that is both informative and entertaining. The production uses re-enactments of historical events and figures and an imaginative narration structure to explain the concept of time and the Theory of Relativity exceptionally well. In the International Year of Light 2015, this is an outstanding film on this year’s festival theme.

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              The Interactive Media Award – NEW in 2016!

              Honours digital content that involves the user through a high level of interactivity with the opportunities offered by the medium. The experience enriches the intended target user’s understanding of scientific or technological subjects and engages their interest. The product is well-designed and operates efficiently from a technical perspective, as well as presenting innovative approaches to digital education methods.

              International Jury 2015

              Beth Carmona

              Beth Carmona
              Content Director at Singular, Media & Content
              General Director – comKids

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              Ayah Younis

              Ayah Younis
              Education and Programme Assistant Manager
              Children’s Museum Jordan

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              Joe Niemela

              Joe Niemela
              Senior Researcher and Global Secretariat for IYL2015
              Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics

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              Daniel Carmona Leite

              Daniel Carmona Leite
              Producer, Translator and Writer at comKids

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              Paula Tedrus

              Paula Tedrus
              Producer at comKids

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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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              Vanessa Fort

              Vanessa Fort
              General and Editorial Coordinator comKids
              Creative Producer and Writer - Singular, Arquitetura de Mídia

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              Yoottanun Harnarong

              Yoottanun Harnarong
              Science Educator
              The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science (IPST)

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