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Science Film Festival

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 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.

In 2019, the event takes place internationally in over 20 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa from October 07 to December 23. ​The Science Film Festival is currently open to submissions until March, 22.

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Theme of the Year

Alexander von Humboldt revolutionized the conception of nature by defining it as an interconnected living web - and in doing so, inspired countless scientists, environmentalists, writers and artists alike. On the 250 Year Anniversary of Humboldt’s birth, we need such a global perspective more than ever. The Science Film Festival 2019 aims to highlight the relevance of this view in the 21st century in regard to environmentalism, climate change and sustainability.

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​In 2018, the Science Film Festival received nearly 300 films and over 30 local science education and communication professionals in the participating festival countries have chosen 93 films from 23 countries that make up the official selection of the Science Film Festival 2018. All films are translated and synchronized or subtitled into local languages where necessary to offer access without language barriers.

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The Science Film Festival accepts entries every year from mid-January until the end of March.

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Learning Resources

The Science Film Festival offers suggested learning activities for films screened at the festival aimed at young audiences. 



The Science Film Festival bestows six awards annually.