Unpredictability lies at the heart of quantum mechanics. It bothered Einstein, but it also bothers the Dalai Lama.
Lights, camera, action! We are calling for entries to the celebrated Quantum Shorts film festival. The festival is free to enter, and open to amateur and professional film-makers who want to tell stories that draw inspiration from quantum physics.
“Quantum physics invites us to look at the world in new ways,” says quantum physicist Artur Ekert, who will be a judge for the festival’s top prizes. Ekert is also Director of the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at the National University of Singapore, the organiser of Quantum Shorts. Quantum physics, he explains, allows things to experience spooky connections across space and time, and can power new forms of computing and cryptography. “We are confident that, as in previous years, passionate, creative people from across the globe will use this extraordinary science to inspire extraordinary films,” Ekert says.
Partners include leading quantum research centres and prestigious museums. Scientific American, the longest continuously published magazine in the U.S., and Nature, the international weekly journal of science, are the festival’s media partners.
After entries close on 1 December 2018, a shortlisting panel will select up to ten submissions to be shown by the festival’s scientific partners and screening partners. The screenings will take place in 2019.
The festival’s top prize of US $1500 and runner-up prize of US $1000 will be decided by a panel of eminent judges. An additional prize of US $500 will be decided by public vote on the shortlist. All shortlisted films will receive a US $250 screening fee and earn their maker a one-year digital subscription to Scientific American. Winners will receive in addition a trophy and cash prizes. The first prize winner will also be featured on ScientificAmerican.com.