Imagine Science Abu Dhabi

In its fifth edition, the Imagine Science Film Festival returns to the Gulf to present the cross-section of cutting edge science and cinema through a film festival and accompanying art-science exhibition!
Jan 30 - Feb 2, 2019
Films, Art-Science Gallery,
Panel Discussions, Artist Talks
and more.

The Arts Center at NYUAD
The theme is SURVIVAL.
Crisis. Entropy. Extinction. This year we look at the high stakes for all life on Earth and beyond. Between nuclear proliferation, species loss and dwindling resources, existence itself is not assured. But for every dystopia, a corresponding utopia may be within reach. It may be a struggle, but the record of all life is that of an eon-spanning fight to stay alive. We'll feature tumultuous natural history and startling feats of adaptation. Apoptosis versus immortal cell lines. Half-lives and radical life extension. The deaths of stars and extraordinary paths to SURVIVAL.
The film screenings.

+ Q+As after every screening, gallery talks before select screenings, a career chat and more. View full festival timetable.
SURVIVAL Exhibition
Artists and gallery talks are announced!
Jury Members
  • Mohamad Eid
    Author and Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    NYU Abu Dhabi
    Mohamad Eid holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at New York University - Abu Dhabi. He is the co-author of the book: "Haptics Technologies: Bringing Touch to Multimedia", the technical chair of HAVE symposium for several years. He is the recipient of several best paper award such as ICBAE 2016, DS-RT 2008 and the prestigious ACM Multimedia 2009 Grand Challenge Most Entertaining Award. With more than 90 publications, his academic interests include affective haptics, haptic modeling and tactile stimulation interfaces, and Tele-haptics.
  • Lana Shamma
    Senior Manager, Public Programmes
    Art Jameel
    Lana's focus is on the development of programmes and partnerships that engage a broad public, often outside of the gallery setting, including Art Jameel Commissions. Previously, Lana worked in management and outreach at Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing and the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. With a Masters in Public Diplomacy, her Fulbright Grant led her to research film partnerships between Jordan and the USA.
  • Alia Yunis
    Filmmaker and Author
    Alia Yunis, filmmaker/writer, has worked on projects on five continents, and has just completed The Golden Harvest, a feature documentary about a 6,000-year old love story.
    Alia spent many years in Los Angeles as a screenwriter and script analyst for companies such as Village Roadshow Pictures and Miramax. Alia is a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, has been a top ten finalist Zoetrope Screenwriting Awards and the recipient of a comedy-writing award from Warner Bros. Her novel, The Night Counter (Random House 2010), was critically-acclaimed by the Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, and several other publications. Her writings have appeared in numerous books, magazines and anthologies.
  • Supported by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi.

    We also thank The Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi for facilitating the SURVIVAL exhibition!

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