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!
“Weirdly compelling,” was one judge’s comment. “A very adventurous concept,” said another. “Creative and funny,” came a third verdict.
Now you can judge the entries to the latest edition of the Quantum Shorts film festival yourself! The shortlist is finally ready for your input.
The shortlisting judges have picked 10 films out of a total of 176 submissions – our thanks to all the entrants. The shortlist spans a range of styles and genres, from fascinating sci-fi visions to absurdist takes on the multiverse. There are quantum detectives, love stories and science-inspired comedy.
Entries came from all over the world, with finalists from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. We would like to offer our congratulations to all the shortlisted filmmakers, who have already bagged a $250 prize and a one-year digital subscription to Scientific American – plus the opportunity for audiences across the globe to see their films in dedicated screenings. Now wish them luck as the judging panel pick our ultimate winners.
We also invite you to take part and pick your favourite film for the People’s Choice Prize. The films are no longer than five minutes, so it won’t take you long to find the one that deserves your vote! Watch the films and then make your choice at https://shorts.quantumlah.org/films
These are the 10 shortlisted films, in alphabetical order: