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Attention Science Filmmakers: What are you Waiting For?

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Great news! Imagine Science, a full-fledged New York based science film festival, has just announced that it has extended its submission deadline until September 1st. This annual event, known for showcasing films with scientific themes, is a fantastic opportunity for both scientists and filmmakers alike. The focus is on legitimate representation of science with compelling narrative (either fiction or non-fiction). Submissions are open for both shorts and feature length films.

ISFF 2011 – Submit Your Film from Imagine Science Films on Vimeo.

In addition to showcasing films during the final event (around 50 shorts and 3 features will be selected), the Imagine Science festival has several outreach programs designed to increase both productivity and communication between scientists and filmmakers. The ‘Imagine Science filmmakers fund’ provides cash to select recipients whose films were showcased during the festival, and the ‘Film Lab’ project provides grants to collaborative efforts between scientists and filmmakers. Both of these programs showcase the vibe of Imagine Science, a supportive and enthusiastic network dedicated to the cause of showcasing science in accurate, yet entertaining ways.

I know that many of you have films already prepared and ready to be viewed, so why not submit them here? Festival organizers will be madly pouring over the submissions for the next month, and will announce the offical entries at a fundraising event at the Galapagos Art Space on September 16th. I’d love to see some of my favorite science filmmakers in the mix!

Carin Bondar About the Author: Carin Bondar is a biologist, writer and film-maker with a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia. Find Dr. Bondar online at, on twitter @drbondar or on her facebook page: Dr. Carin Bondar – Biologist With a Twist. Follow on Twitter @drbondar.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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