Watch Incredible Short Films Made in 48 Hours by Random Teams of French Scientists & Filmmakers

When happens when a scientist and filmmaker are paired up at random and challenged to write, shoot, edit, and score a new short film within 48 hours?

That’s exactly what happens in the 48-Hour Imagine Science Film Lab Competition. A new challenge is currently underway at the Imagine Science New York and Abu Dhabi festivals.

The competition launched in Paris last week for the first time as part of the 2016 Pariscience festival.

These films will screen at the 9th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival on October 17 as part of the Symbiosis Lab Meeting: Talks, Screening & Reception to inspire the duo scientists/filmmakers who are also making films on LIGHT, the theme of this year’s festival.

See the incredible films of French scientists and filmmakers tonight and catch up with progress of the New York competition at the Symbiosis Lab Meeting, Screening & Reception at 7:00 PM at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City.

You can also view some of these films right now on!

La Thérapie Photodynamique (Photodynamic Therapy)
Bien Heureux (All is Well)
Peur (Fear)
The Chemical House

Light through film at 24 frames per second is cinema. Light striking the retina is vision. Sunlight feeding photosynthesis is the foundation of life. Light, then, is always implicitly at the heart of the Festival, but this year we’re going to make it our primary subject as well. Stories about photons and photography, optics and the occipital lobe, solar energy and solar flares, shadows and hallucinations and color perception. Cinematic experiences traveling at light speed, seeing in infrared, experimenting with optogenetics, and exploring all of the ways that light is essential to cinema, science, and our very existence.




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