Quantum Shorts festival announces three film winners

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Stills from the three winners

“I am Andra. Number 2342. In a few hours I will cease to exist,” opens the short film Gods. The futuristic fantasy film, bringing us the last message of a civilisation that deciphered the secrets of quantum physics, has taken First Prize in the Quantum Shorts festival.

“I am absolutely happy to receive this award, especially since this festival is very special to me,” said the film’s Director Sitoh Ortega, from Spain. “It is more than a short film festival. It is a fantastic means for scientific diffusion, which is so important these days.”

Gods is one of three films to claim further honours in the festival, which drew over 200 submissions after calling for short films that take inspiration from quantum physics. From the ten finalists announced in January, the other winners are Vacation, which has been selected as Runner Up, and Man In A Box, which won the People’s Choice Prize decided by public vote. 

Each winner receives a cash award, certificate and an engraved trophy, in addition to the screening fee and one-year Scientific American digital subscription awarded to all finalists.

Judges Alex Winter, Honor Harger, Jamie Lochhead, José Ignacio Latorre, Lindy Orthia and Mark Levinson decided the top two prizes. In a jury statement, the judges said:

Quantum Shorts makes a big ask: to produce a compelling short film that also connects with the complex science of quantum physics. The diverse and creative films that made this year’s shortlist have different strengths in how they respond to this challenge. In choosing the winners, we have weighed each film’s scientific merits and artistic vision.

The winning and shortlisted films can be watched on the Quantum Shorts website. They are also being screened around the world, at online and live events. Check the Quantum Shorts website for details of all events. A screening featuring commentary by IQC scientific outreach director John Donohue and filmmaker Mark Terry is available on YouTube.

The Quantum Shorts film festival is organised by the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore. It is supported by media partners Scientific American and Nature; scientific partners the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, the Dodd-Walls Centre, the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, Canada, the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech, QuTech, and the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme; and screening partners the ArtScience Museum in Singapore and Otago Museum in New Zealand.

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