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In 2011, SCINEMA screened at 400+ venues around Australia
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by theme

Industrialisation and Sustainability: Teclopolis + Waste Not + 99% Rust + The Light bulb Conspiracy

Space: Wonders of the Solar System: Dead or Alive + Looking at SKA + Voyage of the Planets

Life in the Ocean: Dissolving Densities + Under Kimberley Waters + Oondoorrd: Married Turtle + One Ocean: The Changing Sea

Being Human: Twist of Fate + Immortal + Skin Deep

Life in Extremes: Invertebrate + Aliens of the Amazon: Secret Alliance + Life in Hell- Survivors of Darkness

Environment: Climatedogs + Where the Wild Things Were + Carbon Cycle Caper + Tainted Wolves + Rwanda Back to the Garden + Worm Hunters

The Science of Everything: Holbach + Quantus + The City Dark + This program also features the winning films from SCINEMA’s national Student Short (Chemistry) Film Challenge (to be announced  Mon 18 July 2011)


Congratulations to our winners and to all filmmakers who entered SCINEMA 2011.

Many thanks to our judges - Wilson Da Silva, Kylie Ahern, Paul Willis, Cathy Grainger, Vanessa Barratt, Calire Peddie, Ed Sykes, Cris Kennedy, Damian Harris, Brooke Reeves

And many thanks to our partners - Wilson da Silva and Kylie Ahern of Cosmos Magazine, and the team at RiAus in Adelaide and new corporate sponsor Enhance TV.



Aliens of the Amazon: Secret Alliance Quincy Russell - United Kingdom - 2009
Equipped with state-of-the-art imagery gear, a group of researchers embarking on an expedition in Ecuador has revealed the infinitely strange, observed the hitherto unseen, listened to the most outlandish of sounds and elucidated previously-unexplained entomological mysteries.

Carbon Cycle Caper David Bunting - 2011
An innovative animated film promoting an education game, enabling students to understand the carbon cycle, how it has been affected by our use of fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution and how this underlies current worries about climate change.

The City Dark  Ian Cheney- USA-2011
Looking at the loss of night, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question - do we need the stars? Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights.

Climatedogs Graeme Anderson - Australia - 2010
Victoria is well known for its variable climate. From year to year, four global climate processes vary their behaviour, potentially resulting in wetter or dryer seasons.

Dissolving Densities Brandon Strathmann - USA - 2011
Following a little crab through the coral reef, we see the effects of ocean acidification and learn that what we do on land affects what happens to the oceans.

Picture of a telemere from the film 'Immortal'Immortal Sonya Pemberton - Australia - 2010
Deep in the DNA of a humble pond creature an Australian-born scientist discovered an immortalizing enzyme, a chemical catalyst that can keep cells forever young. Far from fiction, in 2009 this discovery was awarded a Nobel Prize. But this is no simple cure for aging - for the same enzyme that fuels endless life, also fuels cancer.

Holbach Romain Di Vozzo - France - 2010
This short video loop brings you inside the intimacy of the Matter, where reality is collected on the surface of vibrating nanoframes which function is to record human actions, so as to remind us the brittleness of Nature and the value of video design as a prospective field of Environmental Aesthetics Research.

Invertebrate James McAleer - United Kingdom - 2010
Invertebrate shows us the complex machinations of a day in the city of the insects. Shot in a scale model of a human city, the man-size creatures display incredible humanity in their dramatic stories within their alien caste system. When the end comes, it will not be the strongest, or the most intelligent species that will survive. It will be the species that can adapt to change that will dominate the Earth. Real Insects, real Drama, no CGI.

Life in Hell: Survivors of Darkness Thierry Berrod - France - 2010
In some of the planet’s harshest environments, micro-organisms rule. A remarkable equilibrium, extremely fragile and often unimaginable, exists in these micro-communities rarely explored.

Image from the film The Lightbulb ConspiracyThe Light bulb Conspiracy Cosima Dannoritzer-Spain - 2010
Once upon a time products were made to last. Then, in the 1920s, a group of businessmen were struck by an insight: 'A product that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business' - thus Planned Obsolescence was born, and shortly after, the first worldwide cartel was set up to reduce the life span of the incandescent light bulb, a symbol for innovation and bright new ideas, and the first official victim of Planned Obsolescence.

Looking at SKA Australia - 2010
Brian Boyle, Director of Australia’s bid to host the world’s largest telescope, the Square Kilometre Array, talks about the exciting scientific challenge of re-writing astronomy history.

One Ocean: The Changing Sea Canada - 2010
From the majestic kelp forests of Monterey Bay to a magical night on a coral reef; from the storm-tossed waters of the mighty North Pacific to the crystal blue of the Mediterranean Sea: “One Ocean” explores some of the most stunning underwater locations in the world as it sets sail on a scientific race to predict the fate of the global ocean and it’s amazing creatures.

Oondoorrd: Married Turtle Mitch Torres - Australia - 2009
For the Bardi people of the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome in the West Kimberley of Australia, it is Oondoorrd time, a time of celebration and friendly competition as young men try to spear their first ‘married turtle’ – a rite of passage into being a good hunter of turtles.

Quantus Beau Janzen - USA - 2008
Quantus addresses the ubiquitous question in math classes: “when am I ever going to use this stuff?” Quantus shows math as a language for describing and understanding literally everything.

Rwanda Back to the Garden Patrick Augenstein - China - 2010
Can Man reverse the damage we've done to the planet, and restore the Garden of Eden we inherited? Across the Globe, landscapes have been degraded by over-farming, conflict, and desertification. But now some countries in Africa are helping demonstrate that ruined landscapes can be regenerated.

Skin Deep Franco Di Chiera – Australia - 2009
Focusing on ground-breaking research and personal accounts from scientists around the world, this documentary powerfully demonstrated that the evolution of skin colour is solely an adaptation to the environment. It showed that judging people on the basis of colour is not only morally unacceptable, but scientifically wrong.

Tainted Wolves Amitabh Avasthi - USA - 2009
Each year, nearly 70 percent of gray wolf pups in Minnesota die from a virus common in domestic dogs. Scientists believe that a series of rare mutations and increased air travel helped a feline virus jump from cats to dogs, and then to gray wolves.

Image from the film TeclopolisTeclopolis Javier Mrad - Argentina - 2010
A gorgeous stop-motion animation set in a world made from recycled technology.

Twist of Fate Karen Aqua - USA - 2009
This beautiful experimental animation explores the transformative experience of being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. As an expressionistic piece, it captures impressions of such an experience: upheaval, uncertainty, a sense of physical intrusion, and loss of control. Exploring this emotional landscape, the film visualizes an internal world inside the body, imagined on a cellular level.

Under Kimberley Waters Trevor Almeida - Australia - 2010
In mid 2008 marine scientists from the Western Australian Marine Science Institution head out into the rarely visited region of the remote Kimberley coastline in the far North West of Australia. Battling giant tides and unsurveyed marine waters they attempted to collect the first baseline data of the region.

Voyage of the Planets - Richard Smith and Chris Thorburn - Australia -2010
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to leave Earth? To lose sight of our home planet and go where no human has gone before? This documentary explores the pleasures and pitfalls of travel to the very alien planets of our own Solar System.

Waste Not Ruth Hessey – Ausytralia - 2011
What keeps a 21st Century metropolis like Sydney clean and sparkling? Even as we hover on the brink of a monumental eco-catastrophe, an army of truck drivers, scientists, environmentalists, gardeners and even a famous chef are working to transform the mountains of stuff we throw away into something valuable again.

Where the Wild Things Were Amber Cherry Eames - United Kingdom - 2010
Set in the Scottish Highlands, this film explores the history of deforestation and its effect on today's remaining Caledonian pine forests. We travel with several species, exploings behaviours that are now considered essential for the regeneration of Scotland's ancient Caledonian pine forests.

Wonders of the Solar System: Dead or Alive Paul Olding - United Kingdom - 2010
Professor Brian Cox visits some of the most stunning locations on Earth to describe how the laws of nature have carved natural wonders across the solar system. He explores the physics of what keeps the celestial bodies of our solar system alive and how they die.

Image from the film Worm HuntersWorm Hunters Randall Wood - Australia - 2011
In a Turkish headquarters the world’s top earthworm scientists concoct a plan to find and name their ultimate discovery. Nothing will stop them as they travel to all corners of the world with spades, GPS worm locators and secret worm outing fluids to unearth their prize.

99% Rust Nenko Genov-Bulgaria-2010
This documentary explains the all-too-short life cycle of metal. About 70% of all metal is used just once and then it is discarded, the remaining 30% is recycled.

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Guest Speakers

Special Guest - Graeme Anderson at Discovery Science Centre Bendigo

“Climatedogs” Screening and Talk - “The 4 sheepdogs that round up Victoria’s rainfall” – the story of our key climate drivers

SCINEMA explores the latest collaborations between science, film and art introducing the latest in science and natural history filmmaking. To celebrate Discovery Science and Technology with the Department of Primary Industries will be showcasing “Climatedogs” by Senior Climate Specialist Graeme Anderson. Victoria lives at the crossroads of 4 key climate drivers – to find out why some of our seasons are wet and others are dry, come and hear the latest on what’s good old fashioned variability in our climate, what’s been happening in recent years and what might we expect next. With Graeme’s experience and passion in farm planning, policy, communication and land use change he can offer some practical information around the key climate drivers that affect us locally and help us plan for the future.

Tuesday 16th August 2011 2.30pm – 3.30pm (includes free tea and coffee).
Discovery Centre - 7 Railway Place, Bendigo, Vic. Phone: (03) 5444 4400
Discovery, Bendigo's unique science and technology centre is open from 10 am to 5 pm 7 days a week (except Christmas Day).
Visit the website.

Bobby Cerini presents Science on Screen - a filmmaking workshop

Join 2010 SCINEMA-winning filmmaker Bobby Cerini for this free, hands-on workshop introducing the basics of filmmaking. Bring along your video camera and learn how to shoot a short film about science. In just one day, we’ll explore the basics of science storytelling and cinematography, and shoot
some of the great stories happening in science today. Uncover your inner Attenborough!

Sunday 14 August 2011 10am – 4pm
CSIRO Discovery, Clunies Ross St, Canberra. Free, but bring your own camcorder. Bookings essential on 02 6246 4646. Suitable for beginners aged 10+. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


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2011 SCINEMA Winners

The SCINEMA team and Jury would like to thank all our our filmmakers who entered, and are pleased to announce the following winners for our 2011 season.

Best Film - The Light Bulb Conspiracy  (Spain)
Director: Cosima Dannoritzer
Producers: Alexandre Piel and  Joan Ubeda

For its brilliant demonstration of how good science can be circumvented by commercial and other interests, and illuminating the complexities that arise when science meets society.

Best Director and Award for Technical Merit - The City Dark (USA)
Director: Ian Cheney

A film of personal vision passionately executed and beautifully made. Ian Cheney’s thoughtful film makes you want to go outside and look up at the sky. Cheney makes connections of life’s unexpected complexities, and proves that sometimes shining a light on a subject is not the brightest thing to do. We applaud his attention to detail, clearly demonstrating that passion is a technical skill.

Award for Scientific Merit - Wonders of the Solar System (United Kingdom)
Producer: Paul Olding

A beautifully executed piece of science filmmaking, linking the planets in our solar system with places in our own neighbourhoods in a way that will change the way you think about our own planet. Wonderful science beautifully explained.

Jury Award for Cinematography - Where the Wild Things Were (United Kingdom)
Director: Amber Cherry Eames

Amber Cherry Eames’s lush lensing of the Scottish landscape turns a finely made science documentary into a work of art.

Special Jury Prize - Worm Hunters (Australia)
Producer: Chris Carroll, Director Randall Wood

A warm-hearted look at the passionate folk who dedicated their lives to science. A tour-de-force look at the haphazard nature of collecting and research.

Best Television Series - Voyage to the Planets (Australia)
Executive Producer Chris Hilton for Essential Media
Series Producer, Director and Writer of episodes 1-3 – Richard Smith
Producer, Director and Writer of episodes 4-6 – Chris Thorburn
Line Producer – Andrea Gorddard

A visionary production exploring our closest neighbours. SCINEMA is pleased to add another award to the mantle of Essential Media, a small local production company who are world-leaders in innovative and engaging factual filmmaking.

Best Short Film - Climate Dogs (Australia)
Producer: Dept of Primary Industries, Victoria
Animator: Clem Stamation

With a delightful touch of the comic and quirky, Climate Dogs is a masterful little series of cartoons that fantastically illustrates how even the most complex science can be enjoyed by everyone.

Best Animated/Experimental Film - Teclopolis (Argentina)
Director: Javier Mrad

An extraordinarily beautiful piece of filmmaking critiquing consumerism and the failure of sustainability in modern society. Visually superlative and moving. 

Best Student Short Film (Primary School) - Pool Power 
Director: Victoria Ashley Burnet, St. Andrew’s School, Year 4 (Brisbane, Australia)

In this the International Year of Chemistry, Pool Power demonstrates the role chemistry plays in our everyday lives. Produced with a fine sense of structure and delivery, SCINEMA applauds an exciting young science filmmaker. 

Highly Commended Student Film (Secondary School) - The Messy Meat Pie Muncher
Producers: Ramingining School Year 8/9 Class (Northern Territory, Australia)

Produced with inspired moments of sheer brilliance, SCINEMA applauds an admirable effort with technical challenges.



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