Shortlisting Panel

These filmmakers, artists and scientists select up to ten films from the submissions to the festival: a shortlist that will go for international screenings and be in the running for the top prizes.

Carlo Bradac

Carlo is an experimental quantum physicist at Macquarie University’s Diamond Nanoscience Laboratory, where he is a research fellow at the Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS). His research focuses on cross-disciplinary activities in quantum physics, nanotechnology and material science. This includes the growth and post-processing of nanodiamonds for use in quantum technologies, single-particle probing, magnetic sensing, biomedical imaging and microscopy. Carlo is also a scientific writer for Science Nutshell.

Dagomir Kaszlikowski

Dagomir is a theoretical physicist and a filmmaker. As a Principal Investigator and Associate Professor at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, he does research on the foundations of quantum theory. Topics he's interested in include contextuality and the quantum-classical boundary. As a filmmaker and movie-buff, his tastes tend to noir. He won top prize in a 2014 physics video contest by the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) for a thriller with a physics theme. Short films he's made that are not about physics have been selected for international festivals including the LA Shorts Fest.

Emily Edwards

Emily Edwards leads the Public Affairs office at the Joint Quantum Institute. Before becoming involved in science communication, Emily was a graduate student and postdoctoral researcher in experimental atomic physics and quantum information. She is specifically interested in using multimedia tools to improve public awareness and literacy as it relates to physics. Emily also enjoys outreach activities such as building physics demos and talking to kids about science.

Jacqui Romero

Jacqui is an experimental quantum physicist at the University of Queensland’s Quantum Technology Laboratory, where she is a Discovery Early Career Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS). Prior to her move to Queensland, she worked extensively on high-dimensional entanglement. Her current research focuses on one of the defining features of science - that cause always precedes effect, which according to quantum mechanics may not always be the case. Jacqui is experimentally investigating how this feature may allow us to go beyond the ubiquitous circuit model of quantum computation. Jacqui enjoys sharing her research, especially with children. She has most recently been a visiting scientist during Australia’s National Science Week. She has been a fact-checker for a BBC children's show and written about quantum physics for lay audiences.

Jodi Szimanski

Since 2013, Jodi has led the communications team at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo in her role as Senior Communications Manager. With her leadership the team has produced award-winning materials, including a tri-annual newsletter and annual report. Also owner of Straight Edge Communications, Jodi co-authored a book in 2012 with Tom Jenkins, Chairman of the Board at OpenText - Behind the Firewall - Big Data and the Hidden Web: The Path to Enterprise Information Management. She holds a degree from the University of Waterloo in English – Rhetoric and Professional Writing and is also a Communications and Advertising Accredited Professional from the Institute of Communications and Advertising.

Michael Brooks

Michael, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He is an advisor on outreach to the Centre for Quantum Technologies and a consultant at New Scientist. He is the author of books including At The Edge of Uncertainty, The Secret Anarchy of Science and the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don't Make Sense. He co-hosts the podcast Scienceish that delves into the science behind popular culture.

Nina Ernst

Nina is Associate Director for Education and Programmes at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore

Peter Chua

Peter is the public engagement and communications officer for QuantIC, the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging based the University of Glasgow. He is a Chartered Marketer and has worked for the UK Government, BBC Worldwide, Singtel and Mediacorp. At QuantIC, he’s been busy getting scientists and the public to use quantum physics to survive a zombie apocalypse at science festivals and running Quantum Physics workshops for teachers.

Spiros Michalakis

Spiros grew up in Greece, solving math puzzles and playing video games with his brothers. After high school, he moved to Boston to study Math and Computer Science at MIT, before coming to sunny California for his PhD in Applied Mathematics at UC Davis. He is now at Caltech, where he splits his time between research on theoretical quantum physics and outreach for the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter. He was a scientific advisor for the film Ant Man and is one of the creators of qCraft for Minecraft, a mod that brings the principles of quantum physics to the Minecraft game. He was also the instigator of the short film Anyone Can Quantum (2016), a viral hit that featured a quantum chess match between Stephen Hawking and Paul Rudd.