The 12th Imagine
Science Film Festival
Coming to NYC from October 18 to 25, 2019
Full schedule is up. Check social media for announcements about post-screening Q+As!
Festival Schedule
Fri Oct 18, 8 PM | Tribeca Screening Room

Between utopia and dystopia, gene editing, the post-anthropocene.
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Sat Oct 19, 2 PM | NY Hall of Science

Whether by wing, flipper, jet, or rocket, everyone must leave the nest someday.
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Sat Oct 19, 8:30 PM | American Museum of Natural History

Humanoid robots are like new creatures on our planet.
Sun Oct 20, 1 PM | The New School

Films on perception and memory, consciousness and identity, and the spaces that lie between mind and circuitry.
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Sun Oct 20, 3:30 PM | The New School

The surface of the earth teems with stories, a drama which has played out over millenia. Will we continue to play a part of it?
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Mon Oct 21, 8:30 PM | Bowery Poetry Club

Join six working scientists and six pro filmmakers as they compete to create new genre bending works in science filmmaking.

Tues Oct 22, 7:30 PM | Spectacle Theater

Each year we save some of the most audacious reconfigurations of scientific themes for a selection of animation and experimental film.
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Tues Oct 22, 10:00 PM | Spectacle Theater

The program where we allow some of the phantoms banished by science back into the proceedings.
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Wed Oct 23, 7:30 PM |Spectacle Theater

4 brilliant experiments in light, landscape, perception. Luminous photochemical effects. Climactic celestial events.
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Thurs Oct 24, 7:30 PM | UnionDocs

Science seeks to extend our perception. How much can we ever hope to know?
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Fri Oct 25, 8:00 PM |Caveat

Annual closing night extravaganza at Caveat - a multi-part program in which we premiere 6 new science films and celebrate our yearly theme.
Theme - Emergence: Organic life arose incidentally from basic chemical interactions. Consciousness is a product of the coordinated activity of one hundred billion neurons. This is the phenomenon of emergence, the ability of simple parts, acting together, to give rise to complicated properties unobserved in the parts alone. By this process, complexity appears spontaneously at every level of the universe, not an anomaly but a basic and deeply ingrained trait of all that exists. By this process, discreet atoms erect elaborate structures, ecosystems form and refine, and coordinated efforts bring about unforeseen and powerful effects. If simple components can be imagined, even expected, to accomplish so much, then this suggests a path forwards in uncertain times. Against universal entropy, even the individually inconsequential possess the synthetic power to collectively effect change. And on planet Earth, in 2019, this may be no small matter.
Image above: Hypnagogia, Magdalena Kvasnickova
Symbiosis Competition
6 pro scientists and 6 pro filmmakers who have never met are paired during the festival to create new genre-bending works. Watch it happen at the Oct 22 and Oct 25 events. open to the public!
Awards and Jurors
Every year, acclaimed leaders from the worlds of science and film select 3 exemplary films from the festival to highlight.
Big Thanks to
Ozge Calafato, Programming Consultant
Margaux Bouchegnies, Programming Assistant
Genesis Moran, Programming Assistant
Brett Ryan Bonowicz, Screener
Maya Edelman, Screener
Enrico Milanese, Screener

Taylor Coleman, Social Media
Nurshat Pasha, Social Media
Simon Chen, Academic Liaison
Gergo Varga, Video Production
Magdalena Kvasnickova, Design
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Image above: Daniel Olah
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