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2019 BIO·FICTION Science Art Film Festival

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2019 marks the third BIO·FICTION Science Art Film Festival. The theme of this edition is: FUTUREBODY. The BIO·FICTION festival is looking for films dealing with how neurotechnology shapes the future of the human body, mind, intelligence and society.

Topics include but are not limited to :
· Brain-Computer-Interface
· Human Augmentation/Enhancement
· Intelligence Explosion
· Techno-Evolution
· Transcranial direct-current (deep brain) stimulation
· Whole brain emulation, mind upload or brain upload
· Neuro- and sensory prosthesis
· Neuroimplants
· Mindful wearables
· Human brain organoids (mini-brain)
· Cyberbilities
· Disability and what it means to be normal
· Neuro-hacking
· Neuro-art
· Neuro-entrepreneurship

The FUTUREBODY project will culminate in the two day long BIO·FICTION Science Art Film Festival, held in Vienna, Austria in September 2019. After the film festival, a selection of the films will tour around the world. BIO·FICTION invites filmmakers, artists, designers, but also hackers and scientists – anyone who likes to delve into the topic - to think creatively about how the use of neurotechnology may affect individuals or society at large.

The submitted short films should be up to 15 minutes long and can cover the issue from factual or fictional perspectives, so we accept all submissions spanning from fiction across documentary, animations, and including comedy or experimental genres.

During the festival, awards will be awarded in the categories ‘fiction’, ‘documentary’ and ‘animation’. The awards include a prize of €1000 in each category. To submit your film, please fill in the form at and upload your film via one of the listed websites before July 31st:

Multiple entries are allowed, and you can submit more than one film to each category or different categories as long as they comply with the guidelines. However, you’ll need to send off a separate submission and link for each entry.

Submissions in languages other than English must include English subtitles.

FUTUREBODY is a 3 year EU ERANET NEURON-ELSA project in collaboration with KIT-ITAS (Germany), the University of Calgary (Canada), the University of Freiburg (Germany) and Biofaction KG (Austria). The Austrian part is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project number I 3752-B27.

History of the festival

BIO·FICTION set out in 2011 to pioneer a creative, interdisciplinary and visionary event platform to explore synthetic biology from all possible angles. This is also why we chose to call it the BIO·FICTION Science Art Film Festival. We took a step away from traditional formats and perfected a program that would unite traditional panel discussions, Q&A sessions, art performances, film screenings, and interactive workshops – to name a few.

For its second iteration in 2014, we cast our net even bigger and wider: We invited participants (speakers, panelists, artists, workshop instructors etc.) from a wealth of backgrounds, including science and engineering, the social sciences, cultural studies, amateur biology, the military, film making, art and design. We also collaborated with the DIYBio Europe network to support participants coming to Biocommons, an event held after BIO·FICTION. The participants that were able to join the festival set up interactive Do-it-Yourself Biology workshop tables, highlighting DIYBio/biohacking groups and their projects.

Concurrently, we organized an international short film competition and screened it as part of our festival. The participating films introduced documentaries, animations and fiction shorts that explored synthetic biology and its thematics from every imaginable angle. Have a look at the award winning films for 2011 and 2014!

The feedback from our artists, filmmakers, scientists, students, designers, and registered as well as casual guests was outstanding!

For our upcoming edition of the festival, which will take place in 2019 in Vienna, we’re setting a new focus on neurotechnologies and synthetic biology. Much like our prior editions, we’re going to cut across thematic boundaries, across all disciplines host many exciting events and set up a rich festival program that defies imagination!

Neurotechnologies and synthetic biology will be our focal points of convergences between: neural networks, the body, machines, ecosystems, organs, cells, genes…

During the festival, awards will be awarded in the categories ‘fiction’, ‘documentary’ and ‘animation’. The awards include a prize of €1000 in each category.

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Overall Rating
  • What a great honour!!! We are the Semi-finalist!!! Thank you Bio•Fiction film festival.

    October 2019
  • I am very happy and humbled to have been selected in the festival, to win the Special Jury Award with my second short movie "Reboot" and to be invited to Vienna, at the festival.

    I want to thank the organizers for this incredible honor, I want to congratulate the winners from the other categories and I want to congratulate all the participants.

    It's an amazing festival and it was the best experience ever to be invited at the festival and to interact with fellow filmmakers.

    Thank you,

    September 2019