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Science Film Festival

The Science Film Festival is a celebration of science communication in Southeast Asia, South Asia, 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 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 2018, the event takes place internationally in over 20 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa from October 01 to December 23. The festival received a record breaking 278 films from 24 countries this year. We thank all filmmakers and producers for their entries and participation. 

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Theme of the Year

When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and sprawling cities, not the food on our tables. But the truth is our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet. The Science Film Festival 2018 explores the issues around nutrition and meeting the demands of a fast growing global population as one of the key challenges of this century.

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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.