Science Film Festival

 

The Science Film Festival, initiated by the Goethe-Institut Thailand in 2005, is a celebration of science communication and enjoys a unique position in Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East: In cooperation with local partners it promote science literacy and facilitates awareness of contemporary scientific, technological and environmental issues through the medium of film and television content. It presents films that explain scientific issues accessibly and entertainingly to a broad audience. The festival selection demonstrates that science can be communicated in an educational, as well as entertaining manner through audio-visual media. The festival has grown considerably, meanwhile becoming the largest event of its kind worldwide in terms of audience reach with 580 000 visitors in 13 countries in 2014.

 

In 2015, the Science Film Festival is an official Collaborating Partner of the UN International Year of Light and takes place internationally between October 01 and December 20. 

 

Click here to read the synopsis of films being screened as part of the Science Film Festival

 

Click here to view trailers of the films being screened as part of the Science Film Festival

Details of other Film Screenings:

 

The Story of Science:  Who are we?

We now know that the brain - the organ that more than any other makes us human - is one of the wonders of the universe, and yet until the 17th century it was barely studied.

The twin sciences of brain anatomy and psychology have offered different visions of who we are. Now these sciences are coming together and in the process have revealed some surprising and uncomfortable truths about what really shapes our thoughts, feelings and desires. And the search to understand how our brains work has also revealed that we are all - whether we realise it or not - carrying out science from the moment we are born.

 

The Story of Science: Can We Have Unlimited Power?

We are the most power-hungry generation that has ever lived. This film tells the story of how that power has been harnessed - from wind, steam and from inside the atom. In the early years the drive for new sources of power was led by practical men who wanted to make money. Their inventions and ideas created fortunes and changed the course of history, but it took centuries for science to catch up, to explain what power is, rather than simply what it does. This search revealed fundamental laws of nature which apply across the universe, including the most famous equation in all of science, e=mc2.

 

The Story of Science: What Is the Secret of Life?

The story of how the secret of life has been examined through the prism of the most complex organism known - the human body. It begins with attempts to save the lives of gladiators in Ancient Rome, unfolds with the macabre work and near-perfect drawings of Leonardo in the Renaissance, through the idea of the 'life force' of electricity, to the microscopic world of the cell. It reveals how a moral crisis unleashed by work on the nuclear bomb helped trigger a great breakthrough in biology - understanding the structure and workings of DNA.

 

The Story of Science: What is the World Made Of?

In this episode, Michael demonstrates how our society is built on our search to find the answer to what makes up everything in the material world. This is a story that moves from the secret labs of the alchemists and their search for gold to the creation of the world's first synthetic dye - mauve - and onto the invention of the transistor.

This quest may seem abstract and highly theoretical. Yet it has delivered the greatest impact on humanity. By trying to answer this question, scientists have created theories from elements to atoms, and the strange concepts of quantum physics that underpin our modern, technological world.

 

The Story of Science:  What Is Out There?

Michael begins with the story of one of the great upheavals in human history, how we came to understand that our planet was not at the centre of everything in the cosmos but just one of billions of bodies in a vast and expanding universe. He reveals the critical role of medieval astrologers in changing our view of the heavens, and the surprising connections to the upheavals of the Renaissance, the growth of coffee shops and Californian oil and railway barons. Michael shows how important the practical skills of craftsmen have been to this story and finds out how Galileo made his telescope to peer at the heavens and by doing so helped change our view of the universe forever.

 

Jason Silva: Shots of Awe: where science, philosophy, and inspiration collide.

Ever ponder the miracle of life? Or perhaps wonder about the development of intelligence? In Shots of Awe, Jason Silva chases his inspiration addiction as he explores these topics and more. Every week we'll look at the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz.

Join Jason Silva as he freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz.

 

Symphony of Science: Science Music

Symphony of Science is an online video series created by John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, which aims to bring scientific knowledge and philosophy to the public, in a novel way, through the medium of music. Science and music are combined, in a way that is intended to bring a meaningful message to listeners, while simultaneously providing an enjoyable musical experience.

By remixing ordinary science lectures and documentaries with uplifting and exciting music, the series puts a new spin on science, appealing to students, teachers, and laymen.

 

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