Scientists and filmmakers will be paired to produce new forms of science cinema during the 16th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival (October 2023)

Presented by Science Sandbox.


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Check out the 2022 Symbiosis Participants
Symbiosis is supported by Science Sandbox
  • Science Sandbox is an initiative of the Simons Foundation dedicated to inspiring a deeper interest in science, especially among those who have been historically underrepresented in science engagement efforts. We collaborate with programs that support science in culture.
Symbiosis Protocol

Open-call: Every year in the Spring time!

Announcement: We announce the cohort in Mid-September, approximately 1 month before the festival

Output: We accept all formats: fiction, documentary, animation, installation, interactive game.

Stipend: Each pair will be given $2,500 production fund.

Award: Winning team receives $1,500 cash prize

Watch Symbiosis from prior years on Labocine.
Symbiosis is 8 days from
October 13 to October 20, 2023.
Participants will meet on Thursday October 12. Shortly thereafter, they receive their pairing assignments and receive a $2500 stipend.
On October 176 participants will be presented their Works In Progress and the audience will lend their voice to the conversation.
On October 20, the films are premiered and awards are presented. One team will receive a $1,500 cash award presented by Science Sandbox. The films begin their journey around the world. The cohort celebrates!
The values & traits of Symbiosis
  • 1
    During production, filmmakers share with scientists their craft and scientists share with filmmakers their process. Each cohort forms a mentorship network.
  • 2
    Local audience
    The public is invited to participate in production during special events designed to stimulate conversation about science on film.
  • 3
    International stage
    Original science films are released into the wild. And by wild, we mean the international film festival circuit and beyond. Films have gone on to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and the New York Film Festival!
Scientific pursuit is free to co-exist and blend freely across disciplines and cultures.
Submissions are closed for this year!
Deadline: Aug 15 but we encourage you to submit early.
The Symbiosis competition will be in person this year.

- Cover Letter telling us about yourself and why you want to participate in the Symbiosis initiative at this year's festival.
- Complete your Labocine Habitat profile by following these steps.

[Optional but recommended]
- CV/Resume
- Creative portfolio: Any useful links or attachments to creative work and/or research.

[Send by email]
- Email us:
- Include in email title: Name - [Scientist OR Filmmaker]
(ex: Meilin Fernandez - Scientist)
- Share your public Habitat profile in your email submission

Please note: Participants are required to attend in person all Symbiosis events on the evenings of Oct 13 (Mixer), Oct 14 (Opening Night), Oct 17 (Symbiosis Lab Meeting) and Oct 21 (Symbiosis Closing Night).
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