The Science Film Festival Thailand offers six awards. The winners receive a monetary prize in the amount of 500 Euro. The BAYER Science Film Award is honored with 1,000 Euro.
BAYER Science Film Award - Honours the film that effectively educates and informs about the human body, health or medicinal issues. The film provides a revealing insight on life sciences and the work of professional scientists who are engaged in this field.
Blood – the miraculous Liquid (Germany, 2007)
The documentary is in a true sense of vital importance for everybody. Both the visual presentation and the narration are clear, easily understandable and show the possible effect of scientific research on everybody’s life.
Visual Effects Award - Honours the film that demonstrates the highest level of visual craftsmanship through cinematography or animation. Scientific principles or processes are explained clearly and engagingly.
Expedition Erde mit Thomas Reiter – Vulkane
Earth – The Power of the Planet (UK/Germany, 2007-2008)
The jury considered several productions of high cinematic quality, each deserving to be awarded. However, because of the carefully planned visual effects to explain the scientific content and the exceptional standard of the computer generated images it was decided to recognize this outstanding film with the Visual Effect Award.
Education Award - Honours the film that stands as an excellent example of science communication intended for young audiences. Scientific explanations are presented with the cognitive level of young viewers in mind and the structure of the film reflects an effective pedagogical approach.
Nine and a Half: Polar Year (Germany, 2007)
With education being one of the main tasks of science television production, this award is of special importance. It goes to a production, which explains its issues in a very narrative style to a young audience using a diverse range of dramaturgical elements.
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.
Sägefishe: Neptunes vergessene Kinder
Sawfish – Neptune’s Forgotten Children (Australia, 2007)
It was decided to give this award to a production that convinced the jury members with impressive shots of natural life and up to now unseen footage of rare and endangered species. The film successfully captures the precarious interdependence of organisms living in a unique ecosystem.
Discovery Award - Honours the film that makes an outstanding effort to promote science to the 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.
Time Limits (Austria, 2008)
Another category in which the jury saw a number of excellent films. Several productions outstandingly fulfill the criteria of the award. However, the jury regarded one production as a film which particularly balances information and entertainment skillfully. The film successfully conveys the sense of wonder science and technology can offer.
Prize of the Jury - Honours the film that makes a particularly strong impression on the jury. The film delivers an emotional and intellectual resonance, which distinguishes it as an overall outstanding work of science communication.
Les temps changent
Changing Climate - Changing Times (France, 2008)
When a jury watches so many excellent productions and has only a limited number of awards to bestow, there is always the one film that made a strong impression on the jury, but was maybe only second in another category, because the film was suitable for several awards. However, the jury was unanimous in feeling the need to recognize this film, which is why it has been selected as the winner of the Prize of the Jury.