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SCINEMA International Science Film Festival is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere; celebrating the power of moving image to tell stories about the world, how it works and our place in it. Now in its 14th year, SCINEMA showcases science features, shorts, documentaries, animated and experimental films from filmmakers around the world and premieres at Palace Cinemas in major cities across Australia during June 2017.
SCINEMA 2017 WINNING FILMS
OWSIA (Darkened Water) (30mins)
Directed by Alireza Dehghan, IRAN
The aqueduct in the central Iranian city of Yazd has supplied water to the city for 2,500 years, now rots away due to bureaucracy and corruption.
“A fascinating well-made film about this living UNESCO heritage site, social politics and the complex issue of water rights”
FIX AND RELEASE (15:30mins)
Directed by Scott Dobson
Produced by Jono Nemethy, CANADA
An amazing team at a turtle trauma centre in Ontario, Canada is determined to battle to even the odds for freshwater turtle survival in the modern world.
“An important story, well told and beautifully shot”
THE PURPLE PLAIN (12:35mins)
Directed by Kim Albright, Produced by Chi Thai and Catherine Vetere
Written by Avril E. Russell.
How different would things have been if it had been one small step for a woman, and one giant leap for mankind? Inspired by the true story of Mercury 13; the first women who tested for space flight.
Best Short Film
Written, Directed and Produced by Olga Osorio, SPAIN
It’s the summer of 1982. Teo claims he has found a wormhole. His brother Oscar does not believe him… at least not for now.
“A quirkily charming and entertaining film.”
Best Experimental/Animation Film
THINK LIKE A SCIENTIST: NATURAL SELECTION IN AN OUTBREAK (7:29mins)
Directed by Nathan Dappen and Neil Losin, US
IComputational geneticist Pardis Sabeti and disease ecologist Lina Moses bring us to the front line of the 2013-15 Ebola epidemic and explain the science behind how this event became the largest Ebola outbreak in history.
Award for Technical Merit
Directed and Produced by Philipp Buschauer, Michael Loithaler and Marlene Raml, AUSTRIA
A visually stunning film illuminating the minute battles of nature from the micro to macro scale as a rhinoceros beetle, attacked by a fungus, struggles between life and death. Even the tiniest things can have a huge impact.
Award for Scientific Merit
PANGOLINS IN PERIL – A STORY OF RARE SCALES (15mins)
Written, Produced and Directed by Muhammad Ali Ijaz, PAKISTAN
The rare secretive Pangolin plays a vital ecological role but is on the verge of extinction. Two brave and passionate wildlife watchers fight against the odds to save the endangered Pangolin.
“Simply and beautifully produced film that shows conservation biology in a political and social setting”
Special Jury Award
TEST TUBE BABES (4:18mins)
Written and Directed by Alice Wade, UK
Two sisters that are the outcome of IVF, explain the amazing science of reproductive biology with wit and charm.
“You’ll never look at a paw-paw the same way again!”
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