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Didn’t Get a Spot at Science Online 2013? Enter the CyberScreen Science Film Festival!

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Attention fellow science geeks! Submissions are now open for the 2013 CyberScreen Science film festival, which takes place as part of the famous Science Online Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. This year’s conference will be from January 30 -February 2, 2013.

We are thrilled to announce that one representative from the top three submissions to the film festival will receive a much coveted spot at the conference, including your registration fees.

All 450 spots for Science Online 2013 filled up in a few short minutes, so we realize that there are many wonderful science communicators out there who didn’t get a spot. Here’s your chance to get to the conference!

Here are a few facts and general rules for submitting:

You can be an individual, company, educational institution or anything else – we would just like to see your best depictions of science in video. Any scientific subject is valid, and we welcome all formats – from scripted narrative, to interviews, to animations or experiments. Our only rule is that your submission must be 5 minutes or less.

Send a link to your film to:

All submissions will be reviewed by our esteemed panel of judges including Joanne Manaster and myself, Henry Reich of MinutePhysics, Derek Muller of Veritasium and Brian Malow, the Science Comedian. The three winning entrants will be notified on or before November 15th, so that you have time to plan your travel arrangements for the conference.

Submissions will be open until November 10th, 2012, and we plan to notify our top three winners by November 15, 2012 so that you have plenty of time to make your travel arrangements to Science Online. Participants at the conference will vote for the grand prize winner. In addition to bragging rights, our grand prize winner will be featured here on PsiVid and be named Scientific American’s video of the week.

While you’re considering which of your video masterpieces to submit, please have a look at one of my favorite submissions from last year’s festival. It’s a piece by David Montgomery, entitled aesthetic species maps.


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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