Q) Is my film a good fit for the Science Media Awards? A) Don’t let the title fool you… The Science Media Awards encourages submissions that are focused on more than just science. We will be welcoming media that falls into the broad categories of science, nature, environment, conservation and wildlife. Check out our categoriesand their descriptions for more detailed information.
Q) What happens to my media after it is submitted? A) We have a very unique and thorough judging process in which every film is watched all the way through and scored by various judges. There will be one or two rounds of preliminary judging depending on the number of entrants in your particular category of entrance. This means your submission will be viewed by at least 3 preliminary judges, and sometimes up to 9. All films are viewed via our online viewing platform integrated with VimeoPro. Based on the results of the preliminary judging, finalists will be announced on August 1st. All finalist films will then be reviewed by our final jury (of 5), and winners will be announced at the Science Media Awards Gala on September 18th.
Q) Who are your preliminary judges? A) We are unable to disclose individual names of our preliminary jury, but it will consist of over 80 judges from all over the world. We simultaneously recruit and review interested judges’ applications. Preliminary judges are picked based on their knowledge and qualifications in certain categories.
Q) How many films are submitted to the Science Media Awards? A) We expect approximately 300 to 350 media submissions.
Q) How many films will move on to become finalists? A) Between 60 and 70 films will move forward as finalists. If your submission moves forward, good things happen: 1) We will feature a trailer for your submission on our website 2) Your film will be showcased at the 2014 Science Media Awards & Symposium, in Boston, September 17-19 3) We will invite you, the filmmaker, to attend the Symposium, show a clip of your film and interact with the delegates
Q) What if my film does not move on to become a finalist? A) Good things will still happen! 1) You and your media’s information will be included in our 2014 Science Media Competition Film Guide, which is published digitally on our website 2) Other festivals and individuals have access to our digital film database in which they can ask to screen any of the films submitted into our festival. It is part of our patron member program that members can have access to our film database.
Q) Why do you charge entry fees? A) Film festivals charge a fee for a variety of reasons: The long and rigorous judging process costs time and money. The fees charged for entry ALMOST cover the cost of running the competition—but, not quite. That is why we have sponsors to help with underwriting.
Q) If I want to enter the Limited Series category, how can I also submit these episodes to other categories? A) When you enter the Limited Series category, you must submit three episodes that best represent your series. Thus, if you would like to enter these episodes into other applicable categories, you must go through a new registration process for the individual episodes. Sorry for the extra steps!
Q) Is there a discount for filmmakers (aka poor, starving student filmmakers)? A) There is no discount at all for any film submissions. We are a non-profit organization, as are most film festivals, and we can’t afford to discount film submission fees. Rest assure that your submission dollars are not being wasted on roof-top, champagne fueled parties! We have tried to price the categories reasonably in order to not scare filmmakers away - especially the young starving ones. The Best Student and Emerging Science Filmmaker category is set at the low price of $60! Ticket sales rarely provide enough income to keep the show going and as with most arts, a festival is a commodity that the entire community has to embrace and support - including the filmmakers. Despite the ticket and film submission fees, we generate our income through sponsors, generous donors, in-kind product support, volunteer hours and other means. We are all in this together in order to share the power of film!
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