IISF 2020: Int’l Science Film Fest from Dec 22 to promote young sci-tech film-makers

New Delhi: As part of the India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020, the International Science Film Festival of India (ISFFI), seeks to promote science popularisation among citizens and aims at attracting talented young science filmmakers and science enthusiasts, stated the Ministry of Science & Technology on Sunday, 20th December, in a press communication, adding that science films are an effective tool for science communication to foster and create the excitement of science amongst people at large, and that it also helps inculcate a scientific temper among the audience, thereby shaping analytical thinking, a prerequisite for the inclusive development of the nation.

According to the Sci-Tech Ministry, the ISFFI offers an opportunity for students and other participants to get involved with the process of science film-making and improve their understanding of various feats in science and technology. The initiative recognises the effort and contribution of film producers in the specialised areas of science and technology and motivates them to develop this unique profession of science film making with innovative quality content especially relevant to our country.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and as per Government of India guidelines, this year the ISFFI 2020 is to be organised in a virtual environment from 22nd to 25th December 2020.

The Science & Technology Ministry stated that this year a record 632 science documentaries, short films, animation videos have been received from 60 countries. Internationally acclaimed and award-winning foreign and Indian films on science, health, and environment were screened via an online platform. A competition for Indian and International professional and student filmmakers has been organised.

Competitive categories’ themes & awards

The entries were mainly divided in the following themes and sub themes:

(i) Awards for the International category

  • Best of Festival Award on the theme ‘Science for self-reliant India and/or Science for global welfare’ – Trophy and Certificate.
  • Best of Festival Award in the theme ‘Science and awareness on Covid-19 and other health emergencies’ – Trophy and Certificate.
  • Jury Awards (2 nos.) – Trophy and Certificate.

(ii) Awards for Indian nationals’ categories

A. Independent filmmakers (Indian nationals)

  • Best of Festival Award on the theme ‘Science for self-reliant India and/or Science for global welfare’ – Rs 1,00,000/- Cash, Trophy and Certificate.
  • Best of Festival Award in the theme ‘Science and awareness on Covid-19 and other health emergencies’ – Rs1,00,000/- Cash, Trophy and Certificate.
  • Jury Awards (2 nos.) – Rs.50,000/- Cash, Trophy and Certificate (each).

B. College/school students (Indian nationals)

  • Best of Festival Award on the theme ‘Science for self-reliant India and/or Science for global welfare’ – Rs 75,000/- Cash, Trophy and Certificate.
  • Best of Festival Award on the theme ‘Science and awareness on Covid-19 and other health emergencies’– Rs 75,000/- Cash, Trophy and Certificate.
  • Jury Awards (2 nos.) – Rs 35,000/- Cash, Trophy and Certificate (each).

Non-Competitive Category

a. Films (only for screening) – there is no duration limit for the non-competitive section.

b. The theme for non-competitive categories: Science, Technology, Environment & Health.

The submission process ended on 10th December 2020.

Submission Highlights:

A total 632 competitive and non-competitive entries have been received from 60 countries around the globe:

Total Submissions by Country/Location

S.No.CountriesNo. of films received
1.India267
2.Iran, Islamic Republic of91
3.United States27
4.Russian Federation24
5.Brazil22
6.Spain20
7.Italy18
8.France15
9.Turkey13
10.United Kingdom13
11.Germany11
12.Indonesia8
13.China9
14.Bangladesh6
15.Mexico5
16.Canada5
17.Hungry4
18.Korea, Republic of4
19.Australia4
20.Egypt4
21.Greece4
22.Portugal4
23.Malaysia3
24.Bulgaria3
25.Ireland3
26.Japan3
27.Philippines2
28.Ukraine2
29.Poland2
30.Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of2
31.Pakistan2
32.Iraq2
33.Colombia2
34.Algeria2
35.Afghanistan2
36.Puerto Rico1
37.Armenia1
38.Austria1
39.Belgium1
40.Bolivia, Plurinational State of1
41.Cameroon1
42.Chile1
43.Czech Republic1
44.El Salvador1
45.Hong Kong1
46.Israel1
47.Kazakhstan1
48.Kenya1
49.Moldova, Republic of1
50.Morocco1
51.Netherlands1
52.Nigeria1
53.Romania1
54.Slovenia1
55.South Africa1
56.Thailand1
57.Tunisia1
58.United Arab Emirates1
59.Uzbekistan1
60.Oman1
Total632
(Data from the Ministry of Science & Technology)

Non-Competitive Category: 75 submission from 23 countries including India.

These nominated films will be screened from 22nd to 25th December 2020 on Vigyan Prasar’s YouTube channel and India Science Festival channel.

The Science & technology Ministry also stated that panel discussions on various aspects to promote science films’ culture were organised with noted science filmmakers from Switzerland, Israel, Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Taiwan, and other countries, adding that “master classes” on creative and technical aspects of science film-making were conducted by senior science filmmakers.


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