Film Festival

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in cooperation with Environmentalist Foundation of India

The Science Film Festival is a celebration of science communication and enjoys a unique position in Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. In cooperation with local partners it promotes science literacy and facilitates awareness of contemporary scientific, technological and environmental issues through film and television content with accompanying educational activities.


The festival presents scientific issues accessibly and entertainingly to a broad audience and demonstrates that science can be communicated in an educational, as well as entertaining manner. The Science Film Festival 2017 takes place in 23 countries from October to December, 2017. In India we have selected 19 films for the festival. 11 films for the age group from 9 to 12 years and 8 films for the age group from 12 to 16 years. There will be activities accompanying all the films for which the teachers will be given a training by the expert.

Welcome to the Age of Humans – agriculture, trade, transportation and industry. As long as humans have existed we have been utilizing and altering our environment Industrialization, in particular, has contributed to the unmistakable and often irreversible finger print that we are making upon the Earth.

Today, the human imprint is so deep and pervasive that scientists, policymakers and society are considering whether human-caused changes are affecting the geological record over the long term – whether we are, in fact, living in a new geological era called the Anthropocene.

Through selected topics such as urbanization, mobility, nature, evolution, food, and human-machine interaction, the Science Film Festival 2017 explores the past, present, and future of humanity.

A Science Film Festival for children and young students is being organized for the following age groups:

  • Primary School (9 – 11)
  • Secondary School (12 - 16)

The interested Schools/Institution will receive the Film list as per the age group offered and should send their choice to Goethe-Institut. In turn Goethe-Institut will give the films in DVD/Pendrive .  The DVD /Pen drive will remain the responsibility of the school until returned to Goethe-Institut.

The School/Institution can select any date and time from 06.10.2017 to 18.12.2017 and accordingly inform Goethe-Institut about the screening.The School/Institution may also opt for multiple screenings to cater to maximum German learning students.

The selection of the Venue (may be in the school auditorium or even in bigger classrooms) is completely up to the discretion of the concerned School/Institution. However the screening has to be in a closed room.

- The participating School/Institution should agree to protect the privacy policy and abide by the copyright laws.

- The films should not be copied / pirated at any cost. Commercialization of the screenings is also prohibited. Doing so, could make all parties face legal proceedings.

- A mutual agreement, wherein all these clauses are mentioned will have to be signed by the school.

Interested schools kindly fill in the registration form and send your request to  and to before 15.10.2017.

CHASING CORAL | Dir.: Jeff Orlowski | 2017 | 90 min. | English
14.11.2017 | 11.00 am | Goethe-Institut Auditorium

Film  Screening + Expert Talk by Dr. Diraviyam Raj,  Associate Professor from Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute, Tuticorin and will be moderated by Dr. Jayshree Vencatesan from Care Earth Trust.

From the makers of “Chasing Ice” comes the remarkable adventure of one team capturing our changing oceans. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. The film took more than three years to shoot, and is the result of 650+ hours underwater, submissions of footage from volunteers from 30 countries, as well as support from more than 500 people from various locations around the world.