SILBERSALZ Science & Media Awards, in association with Jackson WILD, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of scientists and communicators who are working to solve many of today's challenges, of content creators who fascinate and inspire audiences worldwide through their stories, of those who encourage the next generation to engage with STEM subjects through global outreach, and of individuals promoting science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around global issues.

What are we looking for?

For 9 categories, we are looking for original, creative factual documentaries, series, social media productions and immersive works dealing with a range of scientific disciplines, including natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, engineering and medicine.

Stories showing the latest advancements and discoveries, future scenarios, or global solutions to challenging issues, designed to encourage scientific and geopolitical debates.

Submissions from all countries are welcomed.

SILBERSALZ is an innovative film and science festival, taking place from 25-29.10.2023 in Halle (Saale). Combining film screenings, installations, lectures, workshops and panel discussions, SILBERSALZ makes science accessible to the general public in a clear and vivid fashion.

All submissions received by the entry deadline will be reviewed by multiple rounds of Preliminary Juries for each category, and nominated for consideration by the Final Jury, composed of science and media professionals selected from a range of disciplines and countries, balanced in age, gender and experience.

On October 28, 2023, the prizewinners will be celebrated during an evening of celebration and discovery, featuring prominent names in science communication - showcasing your incredible achievements in translating science to screen.

Previous Winners & Nominees 2022:

Previous Winners & Nominees 2021:

Silbersalz Festival is opening up the Science and Media Awards Show to the wider public through an edutaining cabaret of science with special guests. The ceremony is held on location as part of this year's SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival (25-29 October 2023).

The prizewinners will receive a Trophy, laurel and certificate for their participation, will get the chance to screen their films during the festival and will receive international recognition.

About the Festival & Awards:

SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival (“SILBERSALZ”) is a joint initiative by Documentary Campus e.V. and Robert Bosch Stiftung. The next edition will take place from 25-29 October 2023 in Halle (Saale), Germany.

SILBERSALZ Science & Media Awards (“Awards”) are managed and presented by the festival to recognize and celebrate excellence in science storytelling internationally and across disciplines.

Submission of a (“Production”) to the Awards competition is subject to and conditional on the “Entrants” accepting below defined rules and terms.

1. Submission Guidelines:

1.1. Deadlines:
Awards competition will be open for submissions from 27 September 2022 through FilmFreeway.

The official entry deadline for all submissions is 23:59 CET on 30 April 2023.

Late submissions are at the discretion of SILBERSALZ and additional fees may be charged.

1.2. Entry Fees:

An entry fee applies to all submissions via FilmFreeway. Fees can be paid by credit/debit card or PayPal.

Submission fees are non-refundable.

1.3. Categories & Eligibility

The competition is open to new or established broadcasters, film or television production companies/distributors/sales agents and independent filmmakers, artists and science communicators internationally.

Submissions are accepted for documentary films, factual series, social media productions, and XR productions representing all scientific disciplines, research areas or concepts, across natural and social sciences, STEM subjects, health and medicine, and across genres (science, natural history, history, geopolitics, journalism, impact...)

Production must have been completed after 30th of June 2021 , and not have been entered for a previous “Science & Media Awards” competition. Productions in rough cut or work in progress stage are not eligible.

Submissions in all languages are welcomed. All Productions in a language other than English must be subtitled (or dubbed) or accompanied by a dialogue book in English. If nominated for an award or screening, Entrant must provide a screener copy with English subtitles.

Entrants automatically consent to the Production being screened for non-commercial, educational purposes during the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival. Entrants acknowledge that they are not entitled to any payment in respect thereof.

The screening format is unencrypted DCP, HiRes/ProRes or Blu-ray. In order to reduce the Festival’s carbon footprint and enable an easier print traffic service, SILBERSALZ uses digital film delivery platforms and all copies must be submitted via digital delivery.

1.4. Submission Process:

1.4.a Film & Factual Series:

All Entrants require filling in the submission form online through FilmFreeway platform for each Production, and choose an award category for judging. Submission for multiple categories is possible with the corresponding entry fees.

For Film categories: factual documentaries (greater than 40 mins) made for television, digital platforms or theatrical release, are eligible.

For Factual Series; limited or ongoing factual series (greater than 20 mins and less than 15 mins) made for television and/or digital platforms are eligible.

For productions on Social Media (such as Youtube, Snapchat, TikTok, IG etc.) the productions, less than or equal to 15 minutes, and submitted by students, researchers, web-video makers and science communicators are eligible.

All submissions must be accompanied by the materials as follows:

-Completed online submission form, including productions details, synopsis, credits, promotional materials (electronic press kit, still images, project links…), exact contact details of Entrant

-A brief statement regarding the Production, which describes its scientific relevance to the field, its relation to the society, its strengths in terms of global reach and impact.

-Online screener copy of the Production: Please either upload a high-quality version of your video to FilmFreeway (up to 10GB), or embed a Vimeo/Youtube/Dropbox/Google Drive etc. link to the platform. Please include the access codes for protected Vimeo links for judges.

- Additional material for series: Please nominate one episode from the series on the submission form and make maximum 2 additional episodes available for judging online such as Vimeo or Dropbox.

SILBERSALZ reserves the right to reject submissions that are incomplete.

1.4.b XR Productions:

XR submissions will be judged in their native format. Please include as much information as possible on submission form. For length, put "00". Please upload representative images (ideally 1920x1080) and other information/media (creative deck, all the platforms compatible with your program, your preferred platform) on a Dropbox folder or send us directly at

You will be contacted by our teams prior to the judging for the necessary media.

2. Judging & Selection Process:

All submissions received by the entry deadline will be reviewed by a Preliminary Jury for each category, and nominated for consideration by the Final Jury.

Productions submitted to the “Young Audience Award” will be reviewed by a special panel composed of middle and high school students.

Both the Preliminary Jury and the Final Jury will comprise science and media professionals selected from a range of disciplines and countries, balanced in age, gender and experience. All submitted Production will be watched in its entirety.

All Entrants will receive notification of the outcome of the judging process by early August 2023 before any public announcement regarding nominated Productions.

All nominated films will be reviewed by the Final Jury, which will then decide on the winner of each award category and the winners will be notified by September 2023. Failure to respond within 24 hours to notice of winning may result in disqualification.

On 28th of October, 2023, the prizewinners will be celebrated during an evening ceremony, featuring some of the prominent names in science communication showcasing your incredible achievements in translating science to screen. The show will take part as of this year's SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival (25-29 October 2023).

Nomination and award decisions are made by the members of the Preliminary Jury and Final Jury in their absolute discretion and by them alone and all decisions are final.

3. Rights & Releases

Productions which have been nominated for an Award will be asked to provide high quality screening copies for viewing by the Final Jury.

SILBERSALZ is entitled to screen nominated/awarded Productions to the public, for educational, free-to-the-public screenings or exhibitions during the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival. Entrants acknowledge that they are not entitled to any payment in respect thereof.

The scheduling of screenings remains entirely at the discretion of the SILBERSALZ.
SILBERSALZ reserves the right to edit the information supplied by Entrants for use in print publicity materials and online promotional materials.

For promotional purposes, SILBERSALZ reserves the right to use extracts from Productions submitted for the Awards on radio, television and any other form of audio-visual media including, but not limited to, the World Wide Web and digital media. Usage of extracts from submitted Productions for promotional purposes shall not exceed 2 minutes of featured music or 3 minutes duration in total (in respect of any individual Production).

Entrants acknowledge that SILBERSALZ is entitled to use of all images they provide for submission, for promotional publicity throughout the world in all media without the requirement to credit such Production or any other person or make any payment in respect of such usage.

Shipping Details

Entrants are responsible for shipping charges and insurance for submitting entry materials. All screening copies of Production submissions will be retained by SILBERSALZ unless otherwise requested. Those who request the return of screening copies are responsible for return shipping costs and customs clearances. SILBERSALZ does not assume any liability for damage to prints due to improper containers or otherwise. All films in our possession will be insured against damage or loss while participating in the SILBERSALZ.

Certification of Entrant

By entering the Awards competition, Entrants represent and warrant to SILBERSALZ that they have all of the rights and consents necessary to enter the Awards competition and to grant SILBERSALZ the rights granted in these Rules & Terms; that the film Entry does not violate any contractual obligation that Entrant has and that the very best of Entrant’s knowledge or belief does not violate the rights of any third party, including without limitation the right of privacy, publicity, or the copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights of any third party, and that it does not violate any law or regulation.

SILBERSALZ will not be held responsible for any breach of above mentioned rights or permissions arising from any entries submitted.

The participation in the Awards implies full acceptance of the above terms and conditions.

Overall Rating
  • Toby Hendy

    A great festival run by kind people. I couldn't make it to the award ceremony in person but was kept up to date and am grateful for the recognition of my short film. Thanks Silbersalz!

    October 2022
  • Sebastian Peiter

    A well organised and charming festival in one of Germany's university town. Awards come with interesting series of talks and other science and media crossover activities. Receiving the award in one of the oldest universities of Europe was very special. Due to Covid there was a reduced audience in 2021, still met some important commissioners.

    September 2021