Quantum Tamers captures prize in Paris

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Quantum information documentary awarded the Prix Audace at the Pariscience Film Festival.

The documentary The Quantum Tamers: Revealing our Weird and Wired Future has won one of the top prizes at the Pariscience Film Festival. On October 11, the documentary was awarded the Prix Audace in a ceremony at the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle in Paris. The prize is given out by the Ile-de-France region "to a film showing originality in its subject matter and treatment."

The Quantum Tamers was produced by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Raymond Laflamme, director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, was the senior scientific advisor for the film, and IQC faculty member Joseph Emerson was a scientific advisor and co-writer.

Frank Taylor, co-executive producer of The Quantum Tamers, was on hand to accept the award. The documentary has also recently won a "Best of Show Award" in the television category at the 2009 Accolade TV Awards in California. This was the fifth year for the Pariscience Film Festival, which is organized by the Association Science & Télévision (AST)" the French science producers.

About 40 films from North America, Europe and Australia were in competition for seven prizes. The top prize went to The Music Instinct: Science and Song, an American production from director Elena Mannes. The Quantum Tamers will be playing at The Princess Twin cinema in uptown Waterloo for the duration of the Quantum2Cosmos festival.


About IQC: Founded in 2002, the mission of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) is to aggressively explore and advance the application of quantum mechanical systems to a vast array of relevant information processing techniques.

A part of the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ont., Canada, IQC creates a truly unique environment fostering cutting-edge research and collaboration between researchers in the areas of computer, engineering, mathematical and physical sciences.

At the time of this release, IQC has 17 faculty members, 22 postdoctoral fellows and over 55 students and research assistants, as well as a support staff of 18. The Institute for Quantum Computing acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada through Industry Canada and the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Research and Innovation.

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