6 Brilliant Science Films From Symbiosis NYC

A still from Stuck in the Past by Javier Diez and Moiya McTier

What happens when a filmmaker and a scientist who have never met are tasked with creating a movie in less than a week?

Visionary short cinema, that’s what.

This happens every year as Symbiosis, part of the Imagine Science Film Festival. At the New York festival, teams of scientists and filmmakers worked with the theme of “light.”

Their films were judged by a panel of scientists and filmmakers. The top selection was awarded $1000 from the Tribeca Film Institute, plus a credit for music from Konsonant.com for future projects.

All films were screened as part of Imagine Science Film Festival’s epic closing night.

Watch the 6 Films

These six films are thought-provoking, beautiful, innovative, and surprising. It’s astounding that they were created in just a week. They truly represent the “science new wave,” where “scientist” and “filmmaker” become one.

The winner of this year’s New York Symbiosis competition was Light-Hearted, a visual poem that attempts to bridge scientific phenomena with the human experience, by Beatrice Copeland and Andres Mansisidor.

Watch Light-Hearted, winner of Symbiosis NYC 2016

The runner-up was COLORCONDITION by Jason Chew and Rodrigo Valles.

Watch COLORCONDITION by Jason Chew and Rodrigo Valles.

Watch all of the amazing films of Symbiosis on Labocine:

Watch Spectrum by Cidney Hue and Matt Ahearn
Watch Stuck in the Past by Javier Diez and Moiya McTier
Watch Symbiont by Sydney Clara Brafman and Sally Warring
Watch Arabidopsis thaliana by Toma Peiu and Nicholas Delrose