Quantum Shorts 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 finalists will be selected for international screenings and receive a screening fee. Additional prizes will be decided by a panel of judges, with a first prize award of $1500, runner up prize of $1000 and a People's Choice prize decided by public voting.
Entry is free. The deadline for entries is 23:59 GMT on 1 December 2020.
Plans for events are contingent on local pandemic conditions in 2021, but Quantum Shorts hopes to work with scientific partners and screening partners to hold some live screenings of the shortlisted films. The festival will also be holding online screening events. Look out for details of events announced later.
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 ninth year. Quantum Shorts has alternated between annual calls for science fiction and science films since 2012.
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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.
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 23:59 GMT, 1 December 2020.
Subject to the official rules at shorts.quantumlah.org/rules