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Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2019 winning films!


The Festival received a record-breaking 1,539 submissions from 102 countries in 2018. Nine winners received awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Experimental Film, Best Animated Film, Technical Merit, Scientific Merit and a Special Jury Award. We were delighted to see four Australian submissions amongst the winners this year.


Watch winning entries and selected submissions on Australia’s Science Channel here.

2018 SCINEMA Award Winners

01_Best Film_The Kingdom

The Kingdom – How Fungi Made Our World: Best Film

52 minutes

Directed by Annamaria Talas, Simon Nasht (Australia)

Produced by Susan MacKinnon (Australia), Anne Pick, Bill Spahic (Canada)

Some fungi will save us, others will threaten us, and we are just beginning to understand which is which. The great, untold story of how fungi shaped all life on land.

Jury comment: This film takes us on a wonderfully creative journey from the beginning of time to the present, revealing the hidden world of fungi with beautiful cinematography.

02_Best Documentary_Grassroots

Grassroots: Best Documentary

20 minutes

Directed Frank Oly

Written and Produced by Tegan Nock


A story about farmers, the soils they work and a piece of powerful knowledge that nearly slipped through their fingers. Grassroots follows Guy Webb and his friends, unlikely heroes on a quest to bring a genuine climate change solution to the world.

Jury comment: This story of farmers turned accidental activists is one you want to share with everyone you know.  It shows that science shouldn’t remain in the arena of labs and academics – instead it shows that people who need this technology can go out and fight for it.

03_Best Director_Timelapse

Timelapse: Best Director

11 minutes

Directed and Written by Aleix Castro

Produced by El Dedo en el Ojo


What would you say if you could work a whole month in a single second? Welcome to the future of neural implants. A new way of understanding work has arrived, but factory worker Laura is not convinced.

Jury comment: The Director has crafted a compelling, yet harrowing world in this imaginative portrayal of the future of work, a discussion we need to have now as a society before the future arrives.

04_Best Short_iRony

iRony: Best Short Film

8 minutes

Written, Produced and Directed by Radheya Jegatheva


An astonishing adaptation of the award-winning poem, ‘Seven Billion’ by Radheya Jegatheva, iRony explores the relationship between man and technology…told from the perspective of a phone.

Jury comment: This multilayered film explores a very topical and timely issue, and no other films came close to this level of creativity. An incredibly confronting and powerful discussion of technology, showing how emotive a science documentary can be.

05_Best Animated Film_KCLOC

KCLOC: Best Animated Film

2.5 minutes

Produced and Directed by Ninaad Kulkarni (USA)

What does time mean to you? This 3D animated film explores our perceptions of time, with exquisite animation and great wit.

Jury comment: With exquisite animation this film manages to take something common to all of us that we don’t stop to think about into something fun, witty and nuanced. Take some time to enjoy it.

06_Best Experimental Film_Astroturf

Astroturf: Best Experimental Film

1 minute

Directed by James Uren

Written and Produced by Nidhi Gupta
(United Kingdom)

Using the strange sounds of recordings of satellites in space, Astroturf juxtaposes the minutiae of human life with the incredible size of our universe.
Jury comment: This clever film takes the old adage ‘in space no one can hear you scream’ and turns it on its head.

07_Award for Technical Merit_Virtual Humans

Virtual Humans: Award for Technical Merit

6 minutes

Directed by Guillermo Marin, Fernando Cucchietti

Written by Roger Highfield, Peter Coveney, Guillermo Marin, Fernando Cucchietti

Produced by Peter Coveney, Mariano Vazquez


Imagine a future where a complete copy of you can be created and used to monitor, study, and enhance your health. A future not far from now.

Jury comment: This film is a technically stunning example of the power and versatility of supercomputers, helping us to see our body in ways we never have before.

08_Award for Scientific Merit_The Secret to Making Better Decisions

Catalyst – The Secret to Making Better Decisions: Award for Scientific Merit 

1.5 minutes (excerpt only)

Produced and Directed by David Symonds, Nicholas Searle

Mathematician Lily Serna believes maths can provide the answer to life’s tough decisions and she shows us how in this episode of Catalyst.

Jury comment: To make the most abstract of mathematical concepts and logical reasoning both accessible and informative while still remaining humorous and relatable is an extraordinary effort.

09_Specia Jury Award_Planet Earth 2-Grasslands

Planet Earth II – Grasslands: Special Jury Award

1.5 minutes (excerpt only)

Produced and Directed by Chadden Hunter (United Kingdom)

Grasslands cover one quarter of all land and support vast gatherings of wildlife but to survive here animals must endure the most hostile seasonal changes on the planet.

Jury comment: Visually stunning, with writing to aspire to, BBC Earth and the stories they tell are truly one of the jewels of documentary making in the world. This wonderful effort is no exception.

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