The 3rd annual Raw Science Film Festival is open for submission!
The festival honors films on science and technology worldwide. Categories include fiction and non-fiction for both students and professionals. Cash prizes are awarded. Animations and infographics are welcomed. The film screening and awards ceremony takes place on Saturday, December 10, 2016 on the Fox Studios lot inside the historic Zanuck Theater.
Iram Parveen Bilal | Filmmaker, Activist
David Brin | Science Fiction Author
Mitchell Block | Producer, Academy Award winning BIG MAMA
Sheldon Brown | Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination
Brent Bushnell | Two Bit Circus
Chris Carberry | Explore Mars
Joe Cassady | Executive Director Space, Aerojet/RocketDyne
Leslie Dewan | Transatomic, Board of Governors MIT
Susaye Greene | National Director, Peace Prize Foundation
Ken Harvey | NFL, Washington Post, Space Tourist Trainer
Paul Hynek | Giant Studios, EZ Numbers, Avatron Smart Park
Joel Hynek | Visual Effects/Creative Director Avatron Park
Tom Impallomeni | Virtually Live
Ed Lantz | Vortex Immersion Media
Alex Lightman | Futurist, Author, Entrepreneur
Ann Merchant | The Science & Entertainment Exchange
John Morgan | SpaceX
Jacki Morie | All These Worlds LLC
Will Nix | Producer, AMPAS & PGA Member, Creative Projects Group
Meridian Perry | Ubeam
Michael Potter | Director “Orphans of Apollo”
John Spencer | Space Tourism Society, Mars World
Kim Stanley Robinson | Science Fiction Author
Shelley Streeby | Professor of Literature, UC San Diego
Erik Viirre | Neurologist, Director Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE
Albert Yu-Min Lin | National Geographic Society / UC San Diego
Cover Image: "Symmetry" by Ruben Van Leer
Awards & Prizes
There are cash prizes, trophies, and sponsor award packages.
Student Dramatic < 10 minutes
Student Documentary < 10 minutes
Student Dramatic > 10 minutes
Student Documentary > 10 minutes
Professional Dramatic < 10 minutes
Professional Documentary < 10 minutes
Professional Dramatic > 10 minutes
Professional Documentary > 10 minutes
Student Feature > 60 minutes
Professional Feature > 60 minutes
Amateur Dramatic < 10 minutes
Amateur Documentary < 10 minutes
Amateur Dramatic > 10 minutes
Amateur Documentary > 10 minutes
Youth Dramatic < 10 minutes
Youth Documentary < 10 minutes
Youth Dramatic > 10 minutes
Youth Documentary > 10 minutes
Industry Award: Best Documentary
Industry Award: Best Science Fiction
Industry Award: Best Series (Non-Fiction)
Industry Award: Best Series (Fiction)
Industry Award: Best Technical Innovation in Media
Industry Award: Best Visual Effects
Kip Thorne Gravity Award for Best Depiction of a Scientific Principle
Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination Prize in Speculative Media
Rules & Terms
The Raw Science Film Competition (“Contest”) is governed by these Official Rules, and the decisions of Raw Science and its appointed Judges (together referred to as “Raw Science”) in the interpretation and implementation of these Official Rules are final. This Contest is Sponsored by Raw Science, Inc. and Raw Science Foundation all referred to in these rules as “Raw Science.”
WHO CAN ENTER. You must be 18 or over as of July 31, 2016 to enter. For junior high and high school students entering the Youth Awards, the film must be submitted by a representative 18 and older.
STUDENT FILMS: To be eligible, the filmmaker must be a full-time student in a degree-granting program at an accredited** U.S. college or university. The film must have been made in a teacher-student relationship within the curricular structure of that institution. If the filmmaker has graduated or left such a program, the film may be submitted no later than one year from the filmmaker’s date of departure. International Students enrolled in schools that are members of CILECT may submit their works. All films not submitted in the English language should be subtitled in English.
PROFESSIONAL FILMS: May be submitted by any filmmaker anywhere in the world. . All films not submitted in the English language must be subtitled in English.
Raw Science employees, Board Members, Advisors and agents and their family members are not eligible to enter.
AMATEUR FILMS: May be submitted by any filmmaker anywhere in the world. All films not submitted in the English language must be subtitled in English. Raw Science employees, Board Members, Advisors and agents and their family members are not eligible to enter.
YOUTH FILMS: May be submitted for any filmmaker anywhere in the world under the age of 18. All films not submitted in the English language must be subtitled in English. Raw Science employees, Board Members, Advisors and agents and their family members are not eligible to enter.
INDUSTRY AWARDS: May be submitted for nomination by any filmmaker anywhere in the world. All films not submitted in the English language must be subtitled in English. Raw Science employees, Board Members, Advisors and agents and their family members are not eligible to enter. Feature-length theatrical films (> 40 min) must be released between January 1 and November 9, 2016. A signed Official Screen Credits (OSC) form and a PDF or Word document of the film’s complete screen credits must be received by the date of the film festival. Entries are also accepted if released via broadcast, cable television, or internet transmission. All entry formats released between November 10 - December 31, 2016 are eligible for nomination on an individual basis including pre-screenings.
NO PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO STUDENT ENTRIES. The purpose of the Raw Science Student Film competition is to support and encourage filmmakers with no previous professional experience who are enrolled in degree-granting programs and accredited colleges and universities as full-time students who are making fiction and non-fiction works that deal with “Science” issues and ideas about innovation and invention that impact the planet, socially, politically, environmentally or otherwise. Raw Science wants to encourage student filmmakers and while professional advice may be requested and given during the making of student films, Raw Science does not allow for any hands-on involvement by film industry professionals in key positions, including but not limited to, directors, producers, camera persons, editors, writers or production sound mixers. Professional actors, however, may participate and be included in the film entries. Raw Science reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify from competition (or reclassify) any entry in which Raw Science determines that industry professionals have had undue influence.
HOW TO ENTER. Entrants must complete the Entry Form available at filmfreeway.com. Entry forms must list the director (but no more than two) most responsible for the creative production of the picture. If there are any credit discrepancies or controversies, Raw Science will insist that credits be settled before the film may be considered for an award.
CRITERIA FOR ENTRY: Film entries must be those completed after December 1, 2015 and before December 1, 2016 (works-in-progress should not be entered as they may not be altered during the competition once initial judging has occurred and will be disqualified from submission into subsequent Raw Science Awards competitions.) Advertising films and promotional films, will not be eligible for entry. By entering the Contest Entrants represent and warrant to Raw Science that they have all of the rights and consents necessary to enter the Contest and to grant Raw Science the rights granted in these Official Rules; 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.
STYLE CATEGORIES: Entries may be in any of the following styles of filmmaking:
ANIMATION -Animated films may present an original narrative story, an existing story or fable, or an exploration of a mood or thought. Either comical or serious, they usually fall into one of two general fields — character animation or abstract animation. Various techniques include cel animation, computer animation, clay animation, pixilation, cut-out pins, camera multiple-pass imagery, kaleidoscope effects, and the film frame itself. Winning animation films are chosen by judging the product as a whole, as well as the artistic and technical skill of the animator in whatever motif or animation technique the student has chosen.
DOCUMENTARY – Documentary films are visual essays that seek to present historical subjects, current social or political issues, or specific human experiences in such a way as to have a dramatic impact upon the viewing audience. Documentaries may be filmed in the cinema vérité style where camera and microphone merely record the event without injecting the comments or subjective conclusions of the filmmaker, or may be a reenactment. In the latter case, the distinction between dramatic and documentary film lies in the fact that while dramatic film is fictional, documentary film deals with real, factual situations and circumstances.
NARRATIVE – Narrative films strive to portray life, a character or a narrative story much the same way a novel does, but within the context of an audiovisual medium. Past narrative films by students have ranged from those that are serious in tone to films that are comic, as well as the familiar and uniquely American “movie musical.” Winning entries in this and all other categories reflect the merit of the film when viewed as a whole, as well as the professional execution of its component parts, such as script, dialogue, direction, cinematography, lighting, acting, editing and scoring. Narrative category films may be adaptations of existing pieces of literature, or, as has often been the case, original stories written by the student filmmaker.
Preliminary eligibility and classification shall be determined in accordance with procedures and judging determined by Raw Science in its sole discretion. If the eligibility and final classification of any entry is questioned Raw Science shall be authorized to to designate the classification of the applicable entry. The decision of the Judges in this matter is final.
CRITERIA FOR JUDGING/ JUDGES . The entries shall be judged on the basis of resourcefulness, originality, entertainment, and production quality, without regard to cost of production or subject matter. Final judging by the Raw Science shall be completed by December 1, 2016. Finalists in each category shall be notified promptly. Announcement of winners in each category will be made at the Awards Ceremony on December 10, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. The decisions of the Judges are final.
NOTIFICATION. Winners will be notified by December 7, 2015. Failure to respond within 24 hours to notice of winning will result in disqualification.
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** LIST OF ACCEPTED ACCREDITATION AGENCIES:
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
New England Association of Schools and colleges
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Northwest Accreditation Commission on Colleges and Universities
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Response from festival:
Thank you for your feedback.
1) Did you attend the festival and accept your winner package? We have also not heard back from you regarding festival follow-up.
2) The festival is currently not sponsored to a large degree and run almost entirely on donated time/facilities. As we grow, hopefully that will change and we will be able to screen more films. Thank you for the feedback.
3) Our festival was cut short unexpectedly this year due to a slight schedule overage and the opportunity to screen HIdden Figures (another generous donation and honor). If not, we would have screened all films. We will certainly accept your feedback and try to improve it for the future. Perhaps you will attend or a representative and have a first-hand opinion ;)
Response from festival:
Lee, thank you very much for your thorough and thoughtful review. All things will be addressed for the future! We apologies if filmmakers were not given adequate time to receive their awards. The festival is operated almost entirely pro-bono and on donated time/facilities. We had to cut the event shorter to offer the special sneak screening of HIdden Figures (which was a generous gesture by Fox!). We had to weigh the opportunity for filmmakers to see it versus more time to accept individual awards. Unfortunately, the event ran over and the allotted time was taken up! We will be very aware of that in the future to ensure filmmakers are able to fully accept their awards at the event. In addition, we hope that the event grows so that it can be spread over a longer period of time. Hopefully some of the other items can be addressed when we have more volunteers and resources to run it in the future. Thanks again for your thoughts. Best Regards, Keri Kukral