The 17th Annual Science New Wave Festival
will take place from Oct 18-25, 2024 in New York.

The fesitval will take place across Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, with programs at the Museum of the Moving Image, Cinema Village, Caveat, DCTV-NY and more!

The Science New Wave Festival heads into its 17th edition. It embraces the idea(l)s of the Science New Wave, celebrating 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.

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The competition will kick off on October 18. The mid-point Symbiosis Lab Meeting takes place on Monday, October 21 at Caveat and the Symbiosis Closing Night at Wythe Hotel Screening Room on Friday, Oct 25.

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In partnership with DCTV, we're excited to present Science New Wave Field Notes (2nd edition) on Saturday, October 19 at the Firehouse Cinema. We will be presenting an exclusive glimpse into the production process with a few of projects from scientists, artists, filmmakers and hybrids -- followed by our Opening Reception. We will also be presenting the awarded projects of the Science New Wave Fund.

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When and where will the festival take place this year?

The 8-day festival takes place from October 18 to 25 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 will be 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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