If you love film festivals where you can appreciate the efforts of independent filmmakers, it’s hard to beat the yearly Sundance Film Festival, organized by the Sundance Film Institute and held in Utah. This is the biggest, most prestigious such event in the US. As a place where Hollywood deals can be made, it also has the greatest professional potential for the filmmakers whose work it shows. The last festival, held January 23 — February 2, 2020, had 122,000 attendees who could choose from among 128 feature films, 49 documentary features and scores of others. But by the time the festival ended and shortly after, the US had seen its first ominous cases of COVID-19. Now, a year later, the 2021 festival has to accommodate the realities of a full blown COVID-19 pandemic. …


It is no coincidence that the inventors of photography were well-versed in scientific research and chemistry was substantial for the improvement of photographic techniques. Until the digital age at the turn of the 21st century, film-based photochemical methods remained indispensable for photographic practices — same goes for cinema. Exploring the notion of photogenic, the January 2021 issue looks at the complex relationship between science, photography and the medium of film onscreen — Özge Calafato

Non Linear

A collaboration between a photographer, a poet, an animator and an electronic music producer. Linnea Rundgren is a unique photographer, who uses an electron microscope to take viewers into hitherto unseen realms of life — past, present and future. …


Take a visit to the factory to see the nuts and bolts of how chocolates are made, and learn how melting a bar of chocolate was involved in the invention of the microwave. Join us this holiday season for our December issue “Science for Nanos’ — a fun packed learning experience for children that adds zest to the subject of science.

Incident at Tower 37

In the middle of a dry, desolate landscape stands Tower 37: a shimmering water processing station, siphoning every last drop of water from a once pristine lake. Day in and day out the station’s lone steward monitors the tower’s activities, never realizing that Tower 37 is slowly destroying an entire ecosystem. …


When Alexis Gambis founded Imagine Science Films over a decade ago, he could not have foreseen that its 13th annual film festival would occur during a pandemic that underlines exactly what ISF wants to do: that is, make people aware of what science means in our lives, an understanding heightened today as we face a deadly coronavirus that only science can stop. Fortunately, like other institutions, ISF found a way to safely and effectively present Imagine Science Film Festival 13. …


Catch the best of the 2020 Imagine Science Film Festival that plunged into the many forms and shapes of migration. The flight of the arctic tern, the multi-generational travels of the monarch butterfly, the return of eels to the streams they hatched in. The arduous journeys of displaced peoples. Data systems in flux. The complex movements of cells, from embryonic origins to developed organisms.

The Whelming Sea

Three animal lives entangle at the edge of the sea. …


From our homes, we look through the peephole at the world in flux. We take a second to ponder about migratory routes, especially in times where we feel unable to move and restless. Our maps indicate ‘You are here’ and our eyes fixate on this red circle reassuring us that we’re on the right track, yet also looking ahead at where we’re heading. This issue explores our point of origin in relation to destination, wayfinding and navigation in indoor and outdoor environments. It will run in parallel to the 13th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival (Oct 16–23) themed Migration.

It has to be lived once and dreamed…


Sound is vibrations; waves that travel through space and time that are capable of moving matter. We make it, we perceive it, we communicate through it. Living or inert, our sounds are unique and they define us. We are constantly surrounded by sound, but are we aware of it? Soundscapes, speech and music are examples of sounds that impact our memory, our feelings and the recognition of our surroundings. Our ability to hear can define how we interact in the world and how we are perceived. And even if we can’t hear sound, we’re able to feel it through vibration and rhythm. “Are you listening?” explores the importance of communication through sound in our world and universe, whether it be as individuals, as a society or as a planet. It aims to showcase the dynamics of communication that relies equally on the messenger and the receiver. Do we hear? …


According to NASA Climate change reports, the current global warming trend is particularly significant due to increasing human activity since the mid 20th century. Pollution, extinction and forced migrations are some of the consequences we continue to face due to this urgent crisis. ‘Eco-Warrior’ recognizes the efforts of those amongst us that continue the fight against human-made mass extinctions and emissions. You will meet children, plants, animals, tribes, communities, artists, activists, grassroots organizations and future generations whose sole ambition is leave the world better than they found it. …


Stories of the continued struggle against oppression through movements, resistance, and solidarity are often documented and presented in many forms as acts of resistance themselves. In these stories, the notion of “inequality” draws together different worlds, cultures, and dimensions/scales (micro/macro). From animations to documentaries, these films shed light on the pervasiveness of this inequality on all fronts by exploring social, scientific, and political perspectives in our fight against racism, injustice, and inequality.

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Nation Estate is a 9-minute sci-fi short offering a clinically dystopian, yet humorous approach to the deadlock in the Middle East.

With a mixture of computer-generated imagery, live actors and arabesque electronica, Nation Estate explores a vertical solution to Palestinian statehood. In Sansour’s film, Palestinians have their state in the form of a single skyscraper: the Nation Estate. One colossal high-rise houses the entire Palestinian population — now finally living the high life. …


Tropism is the tendency of an organism to orient towards ​an external stimulus. Phototropism is most familiar: the natural movement and growth of plants towards light. As, for the northern hemisphere, the weather warms and the sun’s energy strengthens for summer, we may have a lot in common with our vegetable neighbors, a shared yearning to be out in the sun. Pandemic-allowing, we hope to soon be able to bask freely in its glow once again. Until then, here are a selection of films celebrating solar rays and surging plant growth.

Other Voices

Part science and part fiction, Other Voices is an experimental documentary about the enigmatic life of plants and the people who love them. We meet Mileece, a sound artist who claims to have given her plants a “voice” through a process of amplifying the electrical current produced in plant leaves and stems; Eric, a Plant Biologist, specializing in plant behavior; Loren, a self-proclaimed “plant-alcoholic.” …

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