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The 2022 Symbiosis Competition
Our yearly short film Symbiosis competition, presented by Science Sandbox, is happening once again at the 15th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival.

Symbiosis will bring together scientists and filmmakers to create a science-inspired short film themed SCIENCE NEW WAVE over the course of one week.
Key Dates

Symbiosis Competition


THEME: SCIENCE NEW WAVE

Presented by Science Sandbox
October 13 @ 7:00PM
Pre-festival Symbiosis Mixer
The Gatehouses (Brooklyn Navy Yards, Brooklyn)

October 17 @ 7:00PM
Symbiosis Lab Meeting / ISFF15 Day 4
Caveat (Lower East Side, Manhattan) - RSVP

October 21 @ 7:00PM
Symbiosis Screening & Festival Closing Night
Wythe Hotel (Lower East Side, Manhattan) - RSVP
Meet the Symbiosis 2022 Participants!
Scientists
Beatrice is a developmental biologist and historian whose work explores how organismic form has been imaged and imagined in biology, art, and architecture from the 19th century to the present. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and PhD candidate in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and History of Science at Harvard University.
Kaze is postdoc research at the Flatiron Institute, studying black holes and gravitational waves. Outside his job, he loves making animations and high jumping.
Jordan is a PhD student in neuroscience at New York University. He loves figuring out what makes things tick, particularly when it comes to understanding human intelligence and the brain. He's especially passionate about the intersection of neuroscience and deep learning. Before the singularity, you'll find him painting, swimming, playing the guitar, or snuggling up with a good book.
Born and raised in Florence, Italy, Niccolò is now a graduate student in physics at Columbia University in the Will lab. His work focuses on the study of the fundamental constituents of matter, atoms, and molecules, at the coldest temperatures physically attainable. He aims to gain enough insight into the building blocks of our world to refine our ability to control them and our understanding of quantum mechanics.
Alice is an ecologist and environmental lawyer. She has worked across the world – including in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, and Sydney. Alice is currently based in New York, as a Fulbright scholar at Columbia University. Her current research investigates the relationship between brown bears and Pacific salmon.
Anthony is an MD/PhD student at Stony Brook University working in computational neuroscience with Dr. Mujica-Parodi in the Laboratory for Computational Neurodiagnostics. Outside of research, he is interested in humanistic approaches to science, with a particular focus on the lenses of narrative and performativity.
Filmmakers
Asia is a Ukrainian filmmaker, currently based in New York. She works in both documentary and narrative forms. In 2015, Asia received a National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine award "For Personal Contribution to the Development of the Ukrainian contemporary art in film and television". Her debut feature screenplay COSMONAUT became Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Writing Award recipient, as well as The Black Family Feature Film finalist. While working on the feature development Asia also prepares an art project about the socio-environmental and environmental impacts of the war.
Danna is an animation artist based in NYC. Her work visualizes surreal, futuristic, dystopian yet gentle worlds. Her films have been screened around the world in film festivals and museums. She is currently teaching at Pratt, animating at Robinhood and working on her next film.
Ramey is a filmmaker and artist based in British Columbia, Canada. Her moving image works have screened at film festivals, galleries, museums and other art spaces throughout the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. She is also a Lecturer at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus.
Anthony is a documentary filmmaker and editor named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 2021 "25 New Faces of Independent Film". His debut feature documentary, Cane Fire, was an official selection of the 2020 Hot Docs International Film Festival as well as the 2021 MoMA Doc Fortnight and won "Best Documentary Feature" at the 2020 Indie Memphis Film Festival and the 2021 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Maria is a Ph.D. student of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work often involves experiments with film, photography, and mixed media. Maria's research interests include body/world relationships in late-industrialism, ecological uncertainty, emergent multispecies assemblages, the senses, and elemental ethnography.
Advik is a South African artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Through magical realism and non-hierarchical, hybrid modes of filmmaking, he collectively creates spaces for peoples on the fringes to express grief and trauma. He is currently developing a feature-length experimental documentary based in Cato-Manor, Durban.
The Symbiosis 2022 Jury
Animator, Biologist
Sophia is a research biologist and sometimes also an animator and science filmmaker. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at NYU, studying the genetics that contribute to the differences in radiation response among animals. As a filmmaker Sophia has created animated videos in many settings, including a pop-science series, educational workshops, college-level classroom materials, scientific grant applications, and documentary film.
Filmmaker, Sound Designer
Yashaswini Raghunandan works with both film and sound. She completed her Masters from the Royal College of Art, London, with the support of the INLAKS scholarship in 2015. She was with the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and a recipient of the Peoples' archive of Rural India Fellowship in 2018. She is working on an installation titled 'The Hidden Story' with neuroscientist Arianna Zuanazzi. She is also making a film about translating Atmanam's Tamil poems into Kannada and English with her father.

Symbiosis 2021 winner: "I invite you"
Neuroscientist
Arianna is a postdoctoral researcher at New York University. She investigates how the brain makes sense of language and music using neuroimaging techniques such as Magnetoencephalography. She is also involved in several initiatives that aim to make science accessible to the general public and to use science to create positive social change.

Symbiosis 2021 winner: "I invite you"
Films are created over the course of our festival, October 14-21.
HOW IT WORKS

On opening night, October 14th, 6 filmmakers and 6 scientists will be paired up and sent off into the city to begin filmmaking with a $2,500 stipend in hand.

The pairs will meet on Monday, October 17th at Caveat for our Symbiosis Lab Meeting and speak about their art/science works-in-progress. The audience will provide feedback, and all final films will be screened on our Closing Night, October 21, when a winner will be selected!

The theme of this year's Symbiosis Competition is SCIENCE NEW WAVE.

The Science New Wave is characterized by its rejection of traditional scientific film conventions and stereotypes in favor of experimentation and personal expression.
Learn more at sciencenewwave.com

    SYMBIOSIS is supported by Science Sandbox, 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.

    Rules & Guidelines
    The SYMBIOSIS Film Competition challenges 6 teams, each working in a scientist-filmmaker pair, to create a short film in just 1 week.

    Participants will have 8 days to write, shoot, edit, and score their films. They are asked to follow the guidelines below or else they will not be eligible for the award:

    All creative work must take place within the "1-Week Time Period".

    Any work created in advance of the competition period is prohibited. This includes scriptwriting, shooting, costume and set design, and use of preexisting footage. Specific requests should be forwarded to us at symbiosis@imaginesciencefilms.org.

    Participants are allowed to announce their involvement starting mid-September. Note that participants are only paired during the festival. The only initial preparation allowed prior to the festival includes the following: securing equipment, finding possible crew/cast, and scouting/securing locations.

    Each scientist-filmmaker pair will be given a $2500 stipend. This can be used for cast/crew, equipment, location, and any other production-related costs. The stipend will be provided on the first day of production. Production costs cannot exceed this allotted stipend. Decisions on how to use these funds must be decided together as a team. We will request an itemized list of costs with receipts. Any money not spent should returned after production. Any equipment items purchased must be returned to Imagine Science after the competition.

    Both the scientist and filmmaker should work equally in all aspects of production and be engaged in the process together. They will be asked to talk about their collaboration several times. This will be a factor in choosing the winning film.

    Participants must attend all three open key dates: Pre-festival Symbiosis Mixer (Oct 13), Lab Meeting & Reception (Oct 17), and Closing Night (October 21). A no show will automatically disqualify you from the final award. Certain exceptions are possible upon request.

    The hybrid format of this year's festival encourages us to play with both the format of collaboration and of the final projects. Startle us, surprise us, amaze us! We particularly love films that defy categorization: not just inventive documentary and gripping scientific fiction but fictional documentaries, raw lab data aesthetics, thought-provoking experimental film, personal essay narratives, and innovative animation! We also provide a unique opportunity for sci-art collaboration: not only where scientists and filmmakers work together, but also scientists making their films and artists conducting their own scientific experiments. It's all very open-ended.

    The entrant shall not distribute or advertise their film in any way during the competition period.

    Films belong to the filmmaker/scientist and can be shared online after the competition. Imagine Science Films reserves the right to showcase the film on science video platform LABOCINE after the competition.
    Awards & Jury
    All participants get a free pass to all events of the 15th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival.

    The winning pair will receive a $1,500 cash prize.

    All six films will be aired in a dedicated Labocine Spotlight after the festival until the end of October and featured on the Imagine Science Films News Sections.

    Symbiosis applications will be accepted through August 15th. Participants and jury to be announced by the end of September. Stay tuned!
    Key Dates
    October 13 – Six filmmakers and six scientists are paired during the Pre-festival Symbiosis Mixer!
    October 17 – Lab Meeting with all participants who will present their work-in-progress to a panel of jurors and the public.
    October 21 – Films are screened and the winner is announced on the Closing Night of 15th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival!
    Symbiosis animation from our friends at Rooftop Animation below!
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