Quantum theory’s uncertainty principle says that since not even empty space can have zero energy, the universe is fizzing with particle-antiparticle pairs that pop in and out of existence. These “virtual” particles are the source of Hawking radiation.
Quantum Shorts 2018 invites submissions for a short film festival - a festival where all the films are inspired by or related to the themes and ideas of quantum physics.
Entrants can use the field’s science, history, philosophy or technology as a springboard for narrative or abstract films of no more than 5 minutes in length. Up to ten films will be selected by a shortlisting panel for screenings around the world, with additional prizes decided by a panel of eminent judges. Follow the links to find more information about how to enter, the contest rules and what prizes are on offer.
Quantum physics, which describes the behaviour of matter at atomic and subatomic scales, has long provided inspiration for artists, writers, film-makers and philosophers. Quantum objects can be in two places or states at once, a phenomenon known as superposition that inspired the famous “Schrödinger’s Cat” paradox. Among its other features is entanglement, where objects such as atoms hold a strange influence over each other, changing each other’s properties without physical contact or signals passing between them. Practically, these phenomena hold promise for building new kinds of computers and sensors, drawing attention and funding from businesses and governments world-wide. Learn more about quantum physics in our inspiration section.
Run by the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore with a constellation of prestigious partners, the Quantum Shorts contest series is now in its seventh year. Quantum Shorts has alternated between annual calls for science fiction and science films since 2012.
About the organiser
Quantum Shorts is an initiative of the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT). The Centre brings together physicists, computer scientists and engineers to do basic research on quantum physics and to build devices based on quantum phenomena. Experts in this new discipline of quantum technologies are applying their discoveries in computing, communications and sensing. The Centre was established in December 2007 with support from Singapore’s National Research Foundation and Ministry of Education. CQT is hosted by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and also has staff at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
To read more about CQT, visit quantumlah.org.
About the partners