Features in competition that propose bold, singular, and oftentimes hybrid ways to communicate science. These films are considered to be visionary and outside of the (science) box. This award is presented by OneFifty | Warner Bros. Discovery. The winner receives a cash prize of $2,000.
Winner: The Sacred Spirit / Espíritu sagrado
(Dir: Chema García Ibarra)
When the leader of a UFO association dies unexpectedly, José Manuel becomes the only person who knows a secret that could alter the fate of humanity. Meanwhile, a young girl goes missing in Spain.Jury Notes: "The Sacred Spirit crosses the divide between science and magical realism. It seamlessly, and very whimsically intersects our understanding of technological advancement and how we employ the supernatural in our lives. Within this crossing, this film embodies the Science New Wave and its many nuances."Honorable Mention: Neptune Frost
(Dirs: Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman)
Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision. A sci-fi punk musical that's a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work, notably his 2016 album "MartyrLoserKing".Jury Notes: "The first mention goes to Neptune Frost by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman. It is not every day that you get to see a film that blows your mind. This brilliant film is both visually stunning and emotionally immersive, a real cinematic rollercoaster. It talks about important topics as gender identity, science and technology and power structures, and does so in a challenging, yet enlightening way. It is a film that embodies the science new wave and we'd like to encourage as many people as possible to see this film." Honorable Mention: Scales / Sayidat Al Bahr
(Dir: Shahad Ameen)
Hayat is a strong-willed girl whose fishing village is governed by a dark tradition: every family must give one daughter to the mermaid-like sea creatures that inhabit the waters. When Hayat's father refuses, the girl becomes a pariah, is considered a curse by the village, and is urged to sacrifice herself.Jury Notes: "The second film that deserves a special mention is Scales (Sayidat Al Bahr), written and directed by Shahad Ameen. This is a beautiful, thought-provoking film with a wonderful soundtrack. It deals with the hardship of living in a dystopian land ravaged by climate challenges, as well the struggles of women and of being attacked for being different. This visually stunning film uses masterful storytelling to combine fairytale with science until they are so interwoven as to feel completely indistinguishable."