The 13th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival will be the biggest and most ambitious festival to date with 26 features and 58 shorts from 30 countries.

September 17, 2020
Film Line-up

Over 80 films from 30 countries Learn more.

28 programs spread over 8 days from Oct 16-23. Films, conversations & workshops. Learn more.

Festival will be online hosted by LIVE and REPLAY events. Learn more.
Awards & Jury

Feature and short awards. A jury of scientists, filmmakers and hybrids. Learn more.
25 Features
50 Shorts
30 Countries
This year's 13th edition will be fully online due to the current world crisis we're living in. It was critical nevertheless for Imagine Science to have the festival as we're committed to communicating science, especially in a time where facts can easily be distorted through media channels causing misunderstandings, fears and anger in our world. People crave to understand scientific facts and stories around how our cultures and societies are intimately linked to science. We hope it also gives people hope for a better future where priorities are recalibrated and where we can act to stop some of the major issues we're facing - starting with a vaccine against COVID-19 but also tackling climate change, ecosystems in peril, pollution, and contamination, among others global issues.

The festival kicks off on the evening of October 16 with an ambitious schedule including 28 programs with over 80 films, with 30 countries represented. For the first time, the festival broadens its selection of feature films and explores new ways of putting science in the spotlight. It also introduces the movement of Science New Wave where we celebrate cinematic work that encourages bold, hybrid new forms of scientific storytelling.

Over the course of eight days, we will have provocative documentaries that explore the intersection of science and society, compelling scientific fictions, mesmerizing scientific imagery, and engaging film experiments.

This year our theme is MIGRATION and we explore this concept in all of its facets. We will also be featuring films and online works of any and all other genres, methodologies, and subjects that, as always, push the boundaries of the science narrative.

According to our Artistic Director & Founder Alexis Gambis, "The Imagine Science Film Festival plays an important role in today's time as we're living through uncertainties; better science communication and radical experimentation at the intersection of arts and sciences are ever-so critical." Our new Programming Coordinator Wangechi Ngugi says about the programming: "We have an eclectic program composed of 26 features and 58 short films touching on relevant issues affecting the world today and showing how science and art are important and more powerful together than apart." Our Festival Coordinator Veronica Castillo adds: "Now more than ever we need to get more involved with science, virtual or physical, the festival must show on and we're holding a few surprises for our online networking."
(1) Picture a Scientist (2) The WORLD OF THINKING (3) Coronation (4) AIR CONDITIONER
A few highlights

Every year that goes by, the gender discrimination present in today's society is further exposed. For this year's opening film, Ian Cheney and Sharon Shattuck's eye-opening documentary "Picture a Scientist" explores the cases of three leading women scientists who overcome brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science.

Our Monday night feature is the US Premiere of Ai Weiwei's Coronation, a remarkable document, that follows the lives of people in the the city of Wuhan, China during the global COVID-19 pandemic, and how the country's government and citizens have responded to and been impacted by the outbreak. Our other feature films are just as engaging. Journey to heart of the Angolan capital, Luanda, with the U.S. Premiere of Fradique's debut feature film Air Conditioner. Meet Hugo Gernsbackthe, the most influential nerd you may never have heard of, with our retrospective screening of Eric Schockmel's Tune into the Future. Explore sisterhood and the evolution of communication in two of the most social creatures on earth, humans and ants, in Anna Lindemann's feature The Colony.

Our selection includes 10 World Premieres, 5 East Coast Premieres, 28 U.S. Premieres, and 10 New York Premieres.
The 13th Imagine Science Film Festival runs for eight days online on our partnering sister platform where we will have premieres, international panels and workshops, a virtual science market day, and many more events.

The programs will be online but will be limited for viewing to New York. A few select programs will be open to a broader US and World Audience and we're planning to extend viewing of many of our films over the weekend of October 24-25 following the festival closing Friday night.
Festival Registration and Ticketing will only be available starting October 1.

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