The Science Film Festival
The Science Film Festival aims to inspire a young generation of scientists through film screenings and related play-based learning activities. It 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 event has grown considerably since its first edition in 2005, becoming the largest event of its kind worldwide. The Science Film Festival runs internationally in 30 countries from October 1 to December 20 every year with varying dates between participating countries. This year, the festival received 161 films from 34 countries for selection.
For the second year, Goethe-Institut South Africa has partnered with Play Africa to bring the Science Film Festival to children in Johannesburg. More than 300 children will take part in this dynamic global film festival that aims to be accessible, entertaining and fun. The festival will take place at several locations in the inner-city, bringing the wonder and awe of scientific subjects directly to children in their own classrooms and communities. Due to Covid-19 and unlike last year, when the screenings happened at Constitution Hill, where Play Africa is based, an innovative and safe solution had to be found for 2020. Therefore, Play Africa has partnered with inner-city housing companies and schools to offer relevant and meaningful educational experiences to children in high-rise apartment buildings.
For more information on Play Africa, please visit https://playafrica.org.za/
In partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), this year’s theme is the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were created to be a “shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world's leaders and the people.” The ambitious goals to fix climate change, end poverty and fight inequality and injustice were designed to motivate citizens, not just policy-makers. So Play Africa will use this year’s theme to emphasize the role of all children in society.
Play Africa, a children’s museum based at Constitution Hill, will use the film screenings and related activities to promote science literacy and build awareness of scientific, technical and environmental issues through films and hands-on educational activities.
In 2017, the Science Film Festival cam to sub-sahara Africa for the first time and will be executed in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia,Kenia, Namibia, Rwanda and South Africa this year.