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SCINEMA is an international science film festival providing a platform for filmmakers, professional, amateur and student, to showcase their science films, from dramas to documentaries, animations or epic natural history.

 

Established in 2000, SCINEMA attracts hundreds of entries from across the world, including some of the world’s most respected science factual producers and directors.

 

Each year, thousands of film lovers across Australia embrace science on the big screen through our SCINEMA festival premiere screenings in major cities in June, our Community Festival screenings and ABC iView.

 

SCINEMA is presented by Australia’s Science Channel; The Royal Institution of Australia’s free, open publishing platform for the wonders and achievements of Australian scientific discoveries, old and new; to inspire the young, satisfy the curious, explain the baffling and ask the impossible.

Stay up to date with SCINEMA events and information with our regular newsletter.

Previous Winners

Congratulations to all our award-winning films and filmmakers.

 

2018

SCINEMA BEST FILM
The Kingdom – How Fungi Made Our World
Directed by Annamaria Talas, Simon Nasht (Australia), Produced by Susan MacKinnon (Australia), Anne Pick, Bill Spahic (Canada)

SCINEMA BEST DOCUMENTARY
Grassroots
Directed by Frank Oly (Australia), Written and Produced by Tegan Nock (Australia)

SCINEMA BEST DIRECTOR
Timelapse
Directed and Written by Aleix Castro (Spain), Produced by El Dedo en el Ojo (Spain)

SCINEMA BEST SHORT FILM
iRony
Written, Produced and Directed by Radheya Jegatheva (Australia)

SCINEMA BEST ANIMATED FILM
KCLOC
Directed and Produced by Ninaad Kulkarni (USA)

SCINEMA BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Astroturf
Directed by James Uren (United Kingdom), Written and Produced by Nidhi Gupta
(United Kingdom)

SCINEMA AWARD FOR TECHNICAL MERIT
Virtual Humans
Directed by Guillermo Marin, Fernando Cucchietti (Spain), Produced by Peter Coveney, Mariano Vazquez (Spain)

SCINEMA AWARD FOR SCIENTIFIC MERIT
Catalyst – The Secret to Making Better Decisions
Directed and Produced by David Symonds, Nicholas Searle (Australia)

 

2017

SCINEMA BEST FILM
OWSIA (Darkened Water)
by Alireza Dehghan (Iran)

SCINEMA BEST DOCUMENTARY
Fix and Release by Scott Dobson and Jono Nemethy (Canada)

SCINEMA BEST DIRECTOR
The Purple Plain by Kim Albright (United Kingdom)

SCINEMA BEST SHORT FILM
Einstein-Rosen by Olga Osorio (Spain)

SCINEMA AWARD FOR BEST EXPERIMENTAL/ANIMATED FILM
Think like a scientist: Natural Selection in an Outbreak by Nathan Dappen and Neil Losin (USA)

 

2016

SCINEMA BEST FILM
Maratus by Simon Cunich (Australia)

SCINEMA BEST SHORT FILM
The Amazing Life Cycle of the European Eel by Sofia Castello y Tickell (United Kingdom)

SCINEMA BEST DOCUMENTARY
Hilleman — A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children by Donald Mitchell (USA)

SCINEMA AWARD FOR BEST EXPERIMENTAL/ANIMATED FILM
Metamorphosis of plants by Urszula Zajączkowska (Poland)

SCINEMA AWARD FOR TECHNICAL MERIT
Corpus by Marc Héricher (France)

SCINEMA AWARD FOR SCIENTIFIC MERIT
Wonders of Life – Size Matters by Paul Olding (United Kingdom)

SCINEMA is proudly supported by

This National Science Week project

is supported by the Australian Government