We used to believe light was a wave, then we discovered it had the properties of a particle that we call a photon. Now we know it, like all elementary quantum objects, is both a wave and a particle!
The winners for the most recent Quantum Shorts film festival was announced on 5 March! The winning and shortlisted films will be screening at live and online events near you. Check the events listing below. Or watch the shortlisted films from the comfort of your home on our website.
ONLINE - 12 June
Online screening, 6pm to 7.15pm BST, Saturday, 12 June
Quantum Shorts will be screening at the 2021 York Festival of Ideas. Watching films that will make you laugh out loud and others that will open up your imagination, you will see how science meets art in fun and creative ways. This event, organised by the UK Quantum Communications Hub, will involve University of York physicist Tim Spiller providing a brief introduction into the key concepts of quantum physics, followed by a screening of all ten shortlisted films, each with brief commentary on their individual take on quantum. Registration details at: https://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2021/calendar/quantum-shorts/
Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - 12 July
Screening at Otago Museum, Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Monday, 12th July
Otago Museum and the Dodd-Walls Centre are organising another screening of the Quantum Shorts films at the New Zealand International Science Festival! These “quantum-inspired stories” are no more than five minutes in length and range from live-action to puppeteering, from dad-jokes to emotionally dramatic. There will be nibbles, a cash bar, and physicists on-hand to help unpack the science and help you decide what is science and what is fiction. Free admission. Book your tickets at https://scifest.org.nz/programme/quantum-shorts
ONLINE - 12 February
Live screening, 7pm EST, Friday, 12 February
The Institute for Quantum Computing is organising a live virtual screening of the Quantum Shorts finalists in partnership with Apollo Cinema. The live screening will be hosted by Dr. John Donohue, quantum physicist from the Institute for Quantum Computing, and Dr. Mark Terry, filmmaker and lecturer in the Laurier Department of English and Film Studies. Tune in here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=komFuYJY3ZA
ONLINE - 24 February
Online screening, 7 - 8pm GMT, Wednesday, 24 February
Science meets art with a variety of lively interpretations of the occasionally bizarre world of quantum science. In this online event organised by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the United Kingdom, NPL's quantum scientists will introduce quantum science and share thoughts about the Quantum Shorts films. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/quantum-shorts-a-festival-of-quantum-inspired-short-films-tickets-139846983091
ONLINE - 25 February
Online screening and panel discussion, 5pm GMT, Thursday, 25 February
The Centre for Quantum Technologies, QuTech and the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme are organising a free online screening of the shortlisted films and a panel discussion. Eminent panellists Director Tim Spiller of the UK Quantum Communications Hub, shortlisting judge and senior researcher Joshua Slater from QuTech, and past Quantum Shorts finalists Noemi Gunea and Grace Lambert will discuss the films and their takes on quantum. The panel will be moderated by shortlisting judge Michael Brooks. Grab your popcorn, find a comfy seat and join us on this quantum journey!
Tune in here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gs47O-e1c0
SINGAPORE - whole of February
Screening at ArtScience Museum, Mondays to Saturdays, various showtimes
The Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore has partnered with ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands to show the Quantum Shorts finalists over the month of February. Admission is free. Follow the Facebook events page for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/884394449031522/
Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - 19 March
Screening at Otago Museum, Barclay Theatre, as part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Friday, 19 March
Our screening partner Otago Museum and scientific partner the Dodd-Walls Centre are bringing you the weird, wonderful, and stranger-than-fiction side of science during Dunedin Fringe 2021! For one night only, catch a live screening of the 10 finalists of the Quantum Shorts film competition. MC'ed by Otago’s own Professor David Hutchinson, the evening will include nibbles, a cash bar, and a panel of physicists from the Dodd-Walls Centre, who will be on-hand to answer questions, unpack and dissect the science, and help you decide what is science and what is fiction. Admission is free. Details at: https://www.dunedinfringe.nz/events/quantum-shorts-film-festival-screening
ONLINE - 6 April
Online event, 7pm GMT+8, Tuesday, 6 April
In the Quantum Shorts Conversations series, the shortlisted and winning filmmakers are joined by scientists for a conversation about quantum physics, filmmaking, and everything in between. This livestream is hosted by shortlisting judge Dr Michael Brooks. Part I will feature filmmakers Trixie Villareal (Buddy Interference - Finalist), Paul and Felix Ratner (Quantum SuperImposition - Finalist) and Akash Meel (Man In A Box - People's Choice Prize), and scientist and shortlisting judge Dagomir Kaszlikowski from the Centre for Quantum Technologies.
Tune in here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIFE9cJNJa8
ONLINE - 27 April
Online event, 2pm GMT+8, Tuesday, 27 April
Part II of the Quantum Shorts Conversations series is organised by the Centre for Quantum Technologies, the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS). Hosted by Dr Michael Brooks, the livestream will feature filmmakers Aurél Gábris and Réka Deák (Quing Solomon - Finalist), Nuno Serrão (We are all on the same bus - Finalist), Chris Willoughby (Schrödinger Holmes and the Quantum Crimewave - Finalist), and Jack Davies (Vacation - Runner Up). Scientists David Hutchinson, Director of the Dodd-Walls Centre, and Sally Shrapnel, Chief Investigator at EQUS are the guest panellists for the event.
Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - 13 May
Screening at Red Hill Cinemas, 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm AEST, Thursday, 13 May
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems invites you to a screening of the 10 finalists in the Quantum Shorts film competition and a Q&A with quantum physicists! The panel of scientists features Sally Shrapnel, Jacinda Ginges and Glen Harris. Admission is free. Details at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/physics-meets-film-quantum-shorts-screening-and-qa-tickets-147727758703
Perth, AUSTRALIA - 13 May
Screening at Ross Lecture Theatre, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm AWST, Thursday, 13 May
Join us to enjoy and wonder over the 10 winning and shortlisted films chosen for this year's Quantum Shorts film festival, a unique competition which challenges filmmakers to tell a story inspired by quantum mechanics with no more than five minutes of film time. Entry is free of charge and movie snacks will be provided - so feel free to bring your family and friends for a night sure to feed your curiosity. Details at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quantum-shorts-20202021-finalists-screening-tickets-151933652645