The Science Film Festival in Bangladesh celebrated its 3rd edition in 2021. Organized by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, the festival returned with the support of its partners: a2i -Aspire to Innovate (A2i), Brac Education Programme, JAAGO Foundation, Teach for Bangladesh (TFB), Netz Bangladesh, UNESCO, Independent University, Bangladesh, PASCH-Schools: Partners for the Future Maple Leaf International School, Oxford International School (OIS), Mastermind International School in Chittagong. There were a total of 32 films that were selected to be screened during the festival period from October 01 to December 20 in Bangladesh. Six films were available with Bangla dubbing and subtitling.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 3rd Science Film Festival in Bangladesh adopted the hybrid format. All school partners actively participated with holding online or offline screenings and guiding kids through the experiments. The Science Film Festival Team of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh organized several workshops for students and teachers. A special workshop (creating colorful sock puppets), led by fashion-designer, artist and an environmentalist Mahenaz Chowdhury, was a great communication tool to convey their (both children and adults) inner feelings and messages to their loved ones or out to the world during this pandemic. Audiences had the opportunity to join fun science experiments via online platform led by the Institute for Environmental Education (GUB) from Germany.
The festival was strongly supported by the media partner AMac. For the first time this year, the festival has conducted its own quiz show in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Delhi. SFFQUIZ21 was open to students of Grades 9–12 across 5 (five) countries: Bangladesh, India, Iran, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
The third phase of the country finale of the quiz was held on December 6 which revealed winner Md Masudur Rahman (Khulna Public College, Khulna) and runner up Abdullah Al Masud (Maple Leaf International School, Dhaka) from Bangladesh. Numerous local schools, universities and institutions and communities also hosted festival screenings. In coordination with our friends and partners, the festival recorded a total of 12 452 participants in 2021.