Global Science Film Festival

by Silvie Cuperus and Samer Angelone

Zürich, Lugano, and Basel

The Global Science Film Festival brings together society, filmmakers and science in cinema every year. Join us for the spring 2023 edition in Zurich, Basel or Lugano!

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The Science Film Festival in spring 2023

The spring edition of the 5th Global Science Film Festival will take place simultaneously in Zurich, Lugano and Basel from March 31 to April 2, 2023. The festival program includes film screenings, debates with filmmakers and scientists, and the awarding of the «Walking Ibex» film prize. With its annual film festival, the Science Film Academy offers a platform where researchers and society can meet and exchange ideas.

A wide range of scientific topics is addressed at the festival. Works that address aspects of the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences that affect our society today, such as health, climate, environment, new technologies and social change, can be submitted for the competition.

Works produced by Swiss researchers will be screened and nominated in the special SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS category. The other categories are documentaries and feature-length films, as well as short films. The films awarded by the jury will be awarded the «Walking Ibex». The jury is composed of film experts and representatives from research.

We connect science, film and society.

Today, more than ever, society relies on scientists to address the concerns of humanity and advise those in authority. Especially in today’s world, we see the need to promote trustworthy and fruitful communication of scientific content to the general public. Our goal is to establish the Global Science Film Festival as a platform for exchange between science and society in Switerland and thus to contribute to a better understanding between citizens, filmmakers and researchers.

Film is an excellent medium for communicating scientific approaches and findings to a wider audience. Furthermore, film festivals offer the opportunity to experience scientific topics in films. The Global Science Film Festival offers space for encounters and dialogues: filmmakers, researchers and viewers sit together in a cinema and watch and debate films. In the process, the importance of science for our society is highlighted and the gap between research and society is narrowed.

The festival is organized by the Swiss Science Film Academy. The Academy brings together scientists and film makers to learn storytelling techniques and strategies and to produce films with scientific content.

Support the Science Film Academy in the realization of the festival 2023

After the first four successful realizations of the Science Film Festival we plan to expand beyond Zurich. For the first time the Festival is taking place simultaneously in three cities: Zurich, Basel and Lugano.

With your support we plan to make the festival become better known. The 5th Global Science Film Festival should be made accessible to a larger audience. We want the festival to become an annual event in the agenda of Zurich and of other Swiss cities. Thanks to the first crowdfunding campaign in 2021 we were able to realize a successful Festival in Zurich.

With your support we can invite more researchers and film professionals as well as school classes to the festival, organize more side events such as discussion panels and invite all participanting film makers, scienctes and the audience to an apéro. This will allow us to further promote and strengthen the exchange between science and society.

You contributions will also allow us to realize more communication measures, such as advertisements, printing of flyers and posters.