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Last Year's Winners (2012-2013)

You can see the films at the YouTube Channel Sciencefilmusc2013.

First Year's Winners (2011-2012)

You can see some of the winning films at the YouTube Channel Sciencefilmusc.

Congratulations to all winners and participants in the competition!


News Coverage from Year One:

See here for a report on the 2011-2012 film screening showcase and awards ceremony, a USC Dornsife News story here, and a Scientific American Blogs story here.

Winning films blogged here and here. ___________________________________

Welcome to USC’s film-making
competition focusing on science!

The competition is open to teams of USC students from any program,
on any of the USC campuses.
Entries must be from interdisciplinary teams of students.
These interdisciplinary teams enter a short film, in any genre or style,
that explains and illustrates a scientific concept, principle, or issue,
for a wide non-expert audience.

1st prize: $3000, 2nd prize: $2000, 3rd prize: $1000

(There may also be additional prizes such as honourable mentions, audience awards, and prizes in special categories.)


Winners of the 2013-2014 Competition!

At the awards ceremony and screening on March 7th, which took place at the School of Cnematic Arts, twelve films were shown, and the prizes given out. You can find a description of everything, including the results, here. A simple list of winning films is here and synopses of all the films here. The films are all at the YouTube channel Sciencefilmusc2014.


Competition details for 2013-2014 Announced!

See the notes and timeline for details.

New features for this year include:

** A mixer/speed-dating event before the registration date to help people meet and exchange ideas for films. You can get contacts to form teams this way. Connect via facebook and twitter to stay informed about this and other events.

** More suggestions/help with ideas for films. This'll be done in part by helping you connect with institutions like: The Natural History Museum, The Griffith Observatory, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and others. More information to come. (You can make films about any topic you like, but this might help some of you get started with ideas.)

** Later closing date for final film delivery. This will give teams more time to complete films, and to seek advice on content and accuracy before final submission.



A jury of USC faculty and outside experts will select the winners.

Click here for full details of the eligibility requirements, registration procedure,important notes, and small grant awards.

Over the period of the competition, there will be some special events for members of registered teams. The events will have food, entertainment and special guests discussing aspects of film-making!

Visit the sciencefilm blog and learn how to get on it and connect with other students looking to form teams. Stay informed about news there, and/or like the facebook page or follow us on twitter to stay informed.



4th October 2013: A meetup event to help meet potential teammates. Details here.

16th October 2013: Deadline for competition registration. Deadline for application for small grants.

15th February 2014: Final deadline for submission of entries.

7th March 2014: Screening Festival and Prizes Award Ceremony at the School of Cinematic Arts .

The competition is made possible by the generous financial support of the Anton B. Burg Foundation and the many faculty, staff and students of USC who have enthusiastically got involved in numerous ways. Thank you!


Looking for science film ideas?
Here are some films, showing just a little of the wide variety possible: (some are from previous competitions, others are from elsewhere. More to come...)