Since the Quantum Shorts festival closed for submissions on 1 December, we’ve been watching a lot of films! This year the festival received a total of 203 submissions from 51 countries. It’s going to be a while before we can announce the shortlist – expect news in February – so we'd like to give you an update.
What’s happening now is the hard work of shortlisting. After we checked entries met the submission criteria, our shortlisting panel began assessing the films on the festival’s four simple judging criteria: overall impression, storyline, link to quantum physics and quality of filming. Our panel has physicists, artists and experts in communication so that we can consider the films from different perspectives. We are also checking that the films will get a PG13 screening rating, to meet our family-friendly rule.
By the end, we'll be ready to announce a shortlist of up to ten quantum short films. We’re excited about what comes after that. As well as passing the films to the festival judges including physicist Brian Greene, director Alex Winter, curator Honor Harger and representatives of our media partners to decide the top prizes, there will be screenings world-wide. The films will also be shared on this website, where we’ll host a public vote to decide a People’s Choice Prize. Our prizes include cash awards of up to $1500, trophies and digital subscriptions to Scientific American – details here.
There will be more news to come on the screenings, but if you're lucky enough to live near one of our venues and want to block your diary, here are confirmed dates so far. We expect to add more! These events are organised by the festival’s scientific partners.
• WATERLOO Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, Canada, 23 February 2017
• SINGAPORE ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 25-28 February 2017
• GLASGOW Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre, Scotland, 17 March 2017
• BRISBANE Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia, 24 March 2017