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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 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.

In 2024, the Science Film Festival takes place internationally from October 01 to December 20 and invites viewers to enjoy the best in international science communication. This year, the festival endeavors to spotlight films from around the world highlighting the crucial role played by net zero concepts and the circular economy in combatting the challenges posed by the climate crises.

The call for entries is open until March 17, 2024. Please use our online application to submit films and find out more about the submission guidelines or you can also submit films over our FilmFreeway page.
 
The Science Film Festival presented 150 films from 35 countries in the official selection in 2023. We wish to thank all participating filmmakers, producers, broadcasters and distributors! The six award winning films are announced on our website. The festival reached over half a million viewers in 2023 in 21 countries.

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Theme 2024

The Science Film Festival 2024 will center on the theme of Net Zero and the Circular Economy, emphasizing the urgent need for actions beyond solely reducing global greenhouse gas emissions to address climate protection effectively. Recent research findings underscore that focusing solely on cutting CO2 emissions is insufficient to halt climate change. To meet the Paris Climate Agreement objectives, a swift transition to achieving net zero emissions is imperative. Yet, this ambitious goal demands significant changes that cannot be achieved overnight.

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Participating Countries

The Science Film Festival took place in 21 countries in 2023. A summary of local activities can be found on each country page in February. Information on the Science Film Festival countries in 2024 will be announced in September.