The 16th Annual Science New Wave Festival
will take place from Oct 20-27, 2023 in New York.


Lineup, Schedule, Tickets & Timeline
Our festival has a new identity. From hereon, we're called the Science New Wave Festival and we occasionally go by SNW Festival. Our goal is to celebrate films where scientific pursuit is free to co-exist and blend freely across disciplines and cultures. From documentary to fiction to data, we hope to always challenge the way you understand, interpret, and appreciate scientific ideas and perspectives. Poster designed by Florencia Garcia Silva.

"(art)ificial explores the art of the human while it acknowledges the limits of the human and the violence of its diverse art forms. What are the many forms of artificiality we humans conduct? (art)ificial is not about the artificial 'intelligent' simulations but the actual doings of human - to nature and to ourselves. By providing a counter-narrative to the assumed connotation that artificial entails under the very present wave of artificial intelligence, this year's film festival highlights the vast range of artificial modes of creation, including human intervention, intrusion of land, as well as the incoming technologies humanity develops with and through machines to highlight the very presence of the human in affected ecosystems." field notes by our Programming Coordinator Pamela Martinez

The competition will kick off on October 19. The mid-point Symbiosis Lab Meeting takes place on Monday, October 23 at Caveat and the Symbiosis Closing Night at Wythe Hotel Screening Room on Friday, Oct 27.

Check out the 2023 Symbiosis Participants!
Learn more about Symbiosis.
In partnership with DCTV, we're excited to present Science New Wave Field Notes, an exclusive glimpse into the production process with a few of projects from scientists, artists, filmmakers and hybrids -- followed by our Opening Reception

Learn more about Field Notes
All screenings will be held at Cinema Village
When and where will the festival take place this year?

The 8-day festival takes place from October 20 to 27 in New York City. We bring you to films and show them in a myriad of venues that defy categorization and are full of discovery, experimentation, and magic. We're hoping to reach our audiences of artists, scientists, and hybrids within the confines of the urban jungle and beyond.

Our Film Programs are all playing at the Cinema Village near Union Square.

Are the selected films in competition?
Yes. Every year, the Science New Wave selection include a slate of 64 films that are all in competition. These works propose a visionary look on how to bring science into film.

Learn more about Awards and Science New Wave Certificate by visiting our SNW Awards page
Why is the Science New Wave movement so vital in today's times?
It has never been more important to find ways to communicate science through visual storytelling and to spark conversations. We need to keep experimenting with new ways to bridge the worlds of science and cinema. We also need to prevent false or sensationalized information from reaching the public. Lastly, it is important to understand that science affects all of us in different ways, whether it is as individuals, a society, or the world at-large. Science is Culture. Culture is Science (SNW trait #1).

The Science New Wave Festival celebrates the idea of fluidity in form in how we tell science stories. It started in New York City in 2008 but now extends its tentacles to the world by inviting filmmakers, scientists, and audiences to take part in this grand experiment. Experiments Become Cinema (SNW trait #2). We want to keep the spirit of a borderless festival by partnering with different institutions worldwide. We encourage people to join the Science New Wave. With the support of LABOCINE, we've also been obsessed with creating an archive of works and organisms via our HABITAT ecosystem.
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