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 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.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2021 the Science Film Festival turned its focus to health and mental well-being.
For the third year, Goethe-Institut South Africa has partnered with Play Africa to bring the Science Film Festival to children in Johannesburg. Between October and December 2020, more than 300 children were part of this dynamic global film festival that is accessible, entertaining and fun. The festival took place at several locations in the inner-city, bringing the wonder and awe of science education directly to children in their own classrooms and communities. Due to Covid-19 and unlike previous years when the screenings happened at Constitution Hill, 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. For more information on Play Africa, please visit https://playafrica.org.za/
In partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the theme for 2020 was the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Play Africa used the theme to emphasize the role of all children in society.
In 2017, the Science Film Festival came to sub-Sahara Africa for the first time and in 2021 the participating countries of the region are Angola, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenia, Mozambique, Mali, Namibia, Rwanda and South Africa.
The theme for 2021 'Better health through better understanding’, focuses on physical and mental health.