Imagine Science celebrates its 5th anniversary. Created in 2008 by geneticist Alexis Gambis, Imagine Science Films (ISF) has grown from a small film club at Rockefeller University to become a major venue for the release of new and experimental works bridging the worlds of science and film.
The yearly Imagine Science Film Festival, which concluded its 4th annual festival last October, showcased 80 short films – representing 14 different countries – and hosted screenings at seven venues throughout the New York City, from theaters and museums like the Museum of the Moving Image to the New York Academy of Sciences.
In addition to the yearly Imagine Science Film Festival, ISF Outreach Programs, which range from educational to film festival projects, strive to promote an awareness of the world by connecting researchers and artists from around the globe who are equally trying to express new ideas in the way science and art exist. Among them, the Guest Country Initiative selects a new country each year to spotlight.
Science based films from the selected country are featured at ISF festivals and special events, highlighting the innovations and stories about science and technology, as well as promote cultural understanding through the exchange of ideas in film. Artists in Residence is an ISF-sponsored program supporting challenging new projects that elicit a re-understanding of the boundaries of science and art.
ISF is expanding its yearly festivals to include a Satellite Festivals that screen at venues around the world. With the University College Dublin, Imagine Science Films will program the first dedicated science film festival to be held in Dublin, Ireland — July 2012.
Imagine Science Films aims to transform the way science is portrayed in mainstream media, while emphasizing the importance of storytelling, narrative structure, and visual communication in scientific films.