We've already received a number of short films for the second annual ‘Cyberscreen Science Film Festival’, to take place during the infamous Science Online conference January 19 – 21, 2012. Will yours be next?

The submission deadline is ONE week away: January 10, 2012.

Here’s how it works:

*Science Film Category:

Send links to your science-themed films and videos along with a short introduction to yourself and your work. Works from all fields of science and engineering are eligible.

Films must be under 5 minutes in length. Submissions longer than 5 minutes will not be considered for the festival.

Films can be focused on any facet of science, they can be scripted or not. We’re looking for diversity and creativity when it comes to communicating your scientific message.

*Maya Science Animation Catetory:

This year I’m so pleased to announce our partnership with the folks at Autodesk, developers of Maya software, who have generously sponsored our event. We’re introducing an animated graphics category to our festival this year, open to science films (2-5 minutes) with content that has been created using Maya software.

Are you a student or teacher and want to give Maya a whirl?

Autodesk will provide a FREE Maya license to educators and students** who would like to create a film for Cyberscreen Science that uses the software for its animations or graphics. You can also use the Molecular Maya toolkit (created by Gaël McGill & Campbell Strong - Harvard Medical School/Digizyme) to import, build, and animate molecular structures within Maya. The same rules apply (all fields of science/medicine/engineering are eligible, submissions must be under 5 minutes in length).

*ALL submissions in both categories will be carefully considered, and we will make our final selections for the film festival in early January. Deadline to submit is January 10th! If you are selected for the film festival, we will contact you with further details for hard-copy submission.

** For download instructions please contact us directly at psivid@gmail.com

PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!

Our grand prize winner in the Science Film Category will receive an iPad (16GB wifi model). The winning film will also receive a full story here on PsiVid, and will be featured as ‘Video of the Week’ on the Scientific American main blogs page.

Runner up in the Science Film Category will receive an original painting by Michelle Banks and a featured spot on PsiVid.

Third prize in the Science Film Category will receive an original piece by tile artist Jeff Zelnio and a featured spot on PsiVid.

Our winner in the Maya Animation Category will receive an iPad (16GB wifi model), a spot as ‘Video of the Week’ on the Scientific American main blogs page.

In addition to being showcased during the hottest event in online science commmunication, all films selected for the festival will be generously rewarded for their great work. Our prize selection includes swag from the National Center for Science Education, VIVO, Kahootz 3-D software donated by Brendan O'Brien, original artwork by Nathaniel Gold, t-shirts designed by Amoeba Mike, temporary tatoos by Colin Purrington and more!

Here’s your chance to get your work seen by many of the most influential science communicators out there! I look forward to receiving your video links, send them to psivid@gmail.com.