Quantum Shorts 2016 invites submissions for its short film festival. Films should be inspired by or related to the themes and ideas of quantum physics, using the field’s science, history, philosophy or technology as a springboard for narrative or abstract films of no more than 5 minutes in length.

Up to 10 shortlisted entries will be chosen for screenings at venues including Singapore's ArtScience Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia and Glasgow Science Centre in the UK. Prize-winning films will be chosen by a panel of judges, with a first prize award of $1500, runner up prize of $1000 and additional prize decided by public voting. All shortlisted films will also receive a screening fee. Entry is free. The deadline for entries is 23:59 GMT on 1 December 2016.

Quantum physics, which describes the behaviour of matter at atomic and subatomic scales, has long provided inspiration for artists, writers, film-makers and philosophers. Quantum objects can be in two places or states at once, a phenomenon known as superposition that inspired the famous “Schrödinger’s Cat” paradox. Among its other features is entanglement, where objects such as atoms hold a strange influence over each other, changing each other’s properties without physical contact or signals passing between them. Practically, these phenomena hold promise for building new kinds of computers and sensors, drawing attention and funding from businesses and governments world-wide.

Run by the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore with a constellation of prestigious partners including Scientific American magazine and the journal Nature, the Quantum Shorts contest series is now in its fifth year. Quantum Shorts has alternated between annual calls for science fiction and science films since 2012.

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Awards & Prizes

Up to ten films will be shortlisted for international screenings. A screening fee of US $250, a certificate and a one-year digital subscription to Scientific American magazine will be awarded to each shortlisted film. Shortlisted films are also in the running for a further three prizes:

First prize : US $1500 & engraved trophy
Runner up: US $1000 & engraved trophy
People's choice prize: US $500 & engraved trophy

The first prize and runner up will be selected by a jury. The People's Choice prize will be decided by online public vote on the shortlisted films.

Rules & Terms

Films must be inspired by quantum physics and no more than five minutes in length.

No purchase is necessary. Contest is void where prohibited. Deadline for submissions is 1 December 2016.

Subject to the official rules at shorts.quantumlah.org/rules