SFF 2020

in cooperation with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai  in cooperation with local partners

  • Environmentalist Foundation of India
  • Greater Chennai Corporation 
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
  • PASCH - Schools: Partners for the Future
  • Ramakrishna Mission
  • Rotary Club of Madras East 
present the Science Film Festival, 2020, with the aim of demonstrating that science can be fun and appealing when taught through multimedia.

The Science Film Festival is a celebration of science communication in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America: In cooperation with local partners it promotes science literacy and facilitates awareness of contemporary scientific, technological and environmental issues through international films with accompanying educational activities. The Science Film Festival presents scientific issues accessibly and entertainingly to a broad audience and demonstrates that science can be fun. The event has grown considerably since its first edition in 2005, becoming the largest event of its kind worldwide.

The Science Film Festival received 161 films from 34 countries this year. We thank all filmmakers, producers, distributors and broadcasters for their submissions despite this year's difficult circumstances in the face of a global pandemic. The Official Selection 2020 is introduced in the films section of the website!

The Science Film Festival runs internationally in 30 countries from October 1 to December 20. The Festival in Chennai is from 7 October  to 20 December 2020. 

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, many screenings will only take place virtually. The festival has provided suggested teaching materials for learning activities connected to this year's theme of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), which complement the films and can be found online on the website We thank you for your understanding and continued support through these challenging times.

The award winners of the Science Film Festival 2020 will be announced online in January 2021. The festival bestows awards in six categories. More information can be found in the awards section.

THEME 2020: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, 193 countries adopted a vision for the world in 2030. The vision is ambitious: a world of peace and prosperity built on a a healthy environment. A world of improved health, access to
quality education, good jobs and reduced inequalities, among other aspirations.

This vision, outlined in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is our shared blueprint for a better, sustainable future. To achieve that future, we must look at the world today, understand the possibilities for change and take action to make that change happen. In cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Science Film Festival 2020 aims to explore these possibilities. Through an international selection of films on science, technology and the environment, the festival helps expand the conversation on the issues central to the SDGs, and through this conversation, helps to inspire action for the betterment of people and planet.

The Science Film Festival presents a wide assortment of films in the following five categories to serve all age groups, but with a focus on content for young audiences:
  • Family Edutainment
  • Ecology & Environment
  • Natural Science, Life Science & Technology
  • Non-Verbal & Science Shorts
  • Culture & History
In India, the SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL 2020, the films are categorized for the following age groups :

• 2 Films  - Early Learners (5-8 yrs)
• 7 Films  - Primary Section (9-11 yrs)
• 6 Films  - Secondary Section (12-16 yrs)
• 9 Films  - University and General Public (17+ yrs)
Once you have registered, you will shortly receive more information and a link to the films on Vimeo Showcase with the password that will enable you to view the films free of charge. In the meantime, the film trailers may be viewed here:  

For Schools and Teachers:
Please do register filling this FILM KIT FORM to get the online Vimeo link and password for Science Film Festival 2020. Free educational activities are linked to each film so that educators can work with their students to make this programme interactive and practical. 

In addition, we offer for school students Science & Sustainability - A Digital Workshop.  To participate in the same, please register seperately in this WORKSHOP FORM  (Seats are available on first-come; first-served basis). 

For General Public:
Please do register filling this FILM KIT FORM to get the online Film link and password for Science Film Festival 2020.

We look forward to your participation. For any queries write to

We at Goethe-Institut encourage you to take this opportunity to have a wonderful and enjoyable learning experience through Science Film Festival 2020.

The data you submit will only be processed within the Science Film Festival project, and will be destroyed once the project has ended. When you send us the information contained in the registration form by clicking submit, you declare your consent for us to use your personal data for purposes of answering your enquiry and/or contacting you. You can revoke your consent by sending an e-mail message to If you revoke your consent, your data will be erased immediately. Otherwise, your data will be erased after we have processed your enquiry or if the purpose of storing it no longer exists.​

Please read also our Private Policy.

Vimeo Showcase link to access films:
Vimeo Showcase Link The password will be provided to you post registration and acceptance of Terms of use. 

Your feed back is important to us for improvisation in the coming years. Hence we request you to kindly fill in the Teachers / Students Online Survey Form.


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