Quantum Shorts 2016 invites submissions for a short film festival - a festival where all the films are inspired by or related to the themes and ideas of quantum physics.

Entrants can use 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 ten films will be selected by a shortlisting panel for screenings around the world, with additional prizes decided by a panel of eminent judges. Follow the links to find more information about how to enter, the contest rules and what prizes are on offer.

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. Learn more about quantum physics in our inspiration section

Run by the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore with a constellation of prestigious partners, 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. You can visit the websites of past contests here:

Quantum Shorts 2015 | Quantum Shorts 2014 | Quantum Shorts 2013 | Quantum Shorts 2012


About the organiser


Centre for Quantum TechnologiesNational University of Singapore


Quantum Shorts is an initiative of the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at the National University of Singapore. CQT brings together quantum physicists and computer scientists to explore the quantum nature of reality and quantum possibilities in technology. Outreach and education are part of its mission.

CQT was established in December 2007 as Singapore’s first Research Centre of Excellence with core funding from the Singapore National Research Foundation and the Ministry of Education.

To read more about CQT, visit quantumlah.org.


About the partners


Media partners | Scientific Partners | Screening Partners