Wednesday 16th April 2014,
Imagine Science Films

2013 Film Awards

We are delighted to offer exclusive awards for the ISFF shorts. We celebrate this year our 6th year old relationship with Nature Publishing Group since our founding festival in 2008

This animation takes you through Nature’s new look in print and online. See the new opinion column ‘World View’ and other new additions: http://www.nature.com/rediscover

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Scientific Merit Award – $2,500

WINNER: We Will Live Again (Dir. Myles Kane & Joshua Koury)

The Nature Scientific Merit Award is given to the film that best “exemplifies science in narrative filmmaking in a compelling, credible and inspiring manner.” Myles Kane and Joshua Koury’s gripping investigation into the realities of cryonic preservation at the Cryonics Institute embodies all of these qualities, while simultaneously granting a distinctly human look at the people and ideas involved.

HONORABLE MENTION: DNA Dreams (Dir. Bregtje van der Haak)

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People’s Choice Award – $1,000

WINNER: The Pixel Painter (Dir. Josh Bogdan & Ryan Lasko)

The Nature People’s Choice Award is given to the film that receives the most audience votes during the festival. Josh Bogdan & Ryan Lasko’s The Pixel Painter, in rendering an intimate portrait of 98-year-old designer and computer graphics enthusiast Hal Lasko, with warmth and visual flair, was an instant audience favorite.

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The Scientist Award - $500

WINNER: DNA Dreams (Dir. Bregtje van der Haak)

The Science/AAAS Scientist Award is given to a film “that depicts a scientist in an accurate and original way.” In allowing the fascinating personalities of China’s cutting-edge genomics institute BGI to speak for themselves and their work, Bregtje van der Haak’s equally informative and beautiful DNA Dreams is able to raise significant questions without suggesting the answers, and provide an invaluable window into the scientific process.

HONORABLE MENTION: ISS Image Frontier (Dir. Christoph Malin)

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Data Visualization Award

CERN is all about data, and the Higgs’ Boson, which was recently discovered at CERN, couldn’t have been found without mountains of it.  The winner of the Data Visualization prize will have his or her film shown at CinéGlobe, in March 2014, and will receive a trip to Geneva to visit CERN during the festival, receiving special insider access to one of the greatest scientific endeavors of all time.

WINNER: Worlds: The Kepler Planet Candidates (Dir. Alex Parker)

The CinéGlobe Data Visualization Award is given to film that exemplifies the power of data visualization to convey information in an aesthetic and elucidating manner. Worlds: The Kepler Planet Candidates is “a simple yet stunning depiction of the Kepler search for earth-like planets orbiting other stars. Director Alex Parker creates a subtle visual narrative that leads the viewer to the gradual realization that our earth may be very far from the only living planet in our universe.” The film is invited to show at CinéGlobe in March 2014, and the director invited to visit CERN during the festival.

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Visual Science Award - $1,000

WINNER: Emergency Calls (Dir. Hannes Vartiainen & Pekka Veikkolainen)

The Imaginal Visual Science Award is given to a film “that depicts science in a visually-engaging manner.” Hannes Vartiainen & Pekka Veikkolainen’s Emergency Calls brings together gorgeous footage from many sources — International Space Station timelapse, computer animation, stylized photography — to give a sense of our small corner of the universe.

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