Awards

Award winners 2017

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.

Visual Effects and Cinematography Award

Honors 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 2017: Amos, The Impossible Shot

Amos Nachoum is one of the all-time great underwater photographers. His fascination with ocean life has lead him to develop a unique approach, which puts him face to face with his subjects, without any protection. In this film, the audience not only gets to witness his beautiful images, but also follow the challenging journey to capture ...

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    IPST Education Award

    Honors 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 2017: Full Proof – Salt

    Joy is a 12-year-old Masai girl living near the Magadi lake in Kenya. This lake is very special. It’s a salt lake and once in a while, it runs dry. The salt that was in the water, stays on the bottom of the lake, where you can easily scrape it off. Joy investigates the special characteristics of salt. She makes a necklace with beautiful salt crystals, uses ...

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      Ecofilmprize

      Honors 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 2017: Bugs – Nature's Little Superheroes

      “Bugs – Nature's Little Superheroes” follows the steps scientists take to understand designs in nature and how they apply them to real-world situations with ecological considerations. It shows how nature finds ingenious solutions to problems that work with their environment and not against it and how we may learn and benefit from such a philosophy. This film raises awareness about the very important ...

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        Discovery Award

        Honors 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 2017: Iceman Reborn

        The film from the American PBS science series NOVA, explores the challenges and technologies involved in creating an exact replica of the 5 000-year-old mummy known as Ötzi. Researchers invite paleo-artist Gary Staab to inspect the mummy so he can create a life-size model of “the Iceman” that researchers and the public can view and study ...

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          Technology Award

          Honors 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 2017: Evolving AI: Blessing or Curse?

          In spring, 2016, Google's artificial intelligence beat a South Korean world champion in the strategic board game of Go, considered to be one of the most complex games ever invented. “Evolving AI: Blessing or Curse?” features a rare extended interview with the developer of Google's DeepMind AlphaGo program, Demis Hassabis ...

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            Prize of the Jury

            Honors 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 2017: Dynamic Salt

            Could we get all our energy needs from sea water and the salt it contains? Are we to witness a time when salt will power our engines and factories, and light up our cities? This documentary explores the latest research on sea water and the way scientists all over the world are working on “Blue Energy”. This research could bring about a major change in our time ...

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              International Jury 2017

              Birgit Keller-Reddemann

              Birgit Keller-Reddemann
              Commissioning Editor
              Knowledge and Education Department
              Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)

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              John McBride

              John McBride
              Independent Educational Consultant

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              Yoottnun Harnarong

              Yoottnun Harnarong
              Science Communication Specialist
              Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science & Technology (IPST)

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              Karim Atef

              Karim Atef
              General Manager
              Nutty Scientists United Arab Emirates

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              Eugene Panji

              Eugene Panji
              Filmmaker

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