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Previous Competition's Finallists and Winners

You can see the 2013-2014 films at the YouTube channel Sciencefilmusc2014.

...the 2012-2013 films at the YouTube channel Sciencefilmusc2013.

...and the 2011-2012 films at the YouTube channel Sciencefilmsusc.

Congratulations to all winners and participants in the competition!


Selected News Coverage:

There was a 2013 Dornsife news story on the competition here.

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.


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.)


Competition details for 2015-2016 Announced!

See the notes and timeline for details.

Key features for this year include:

** The competition is running entirely in the Spring this year.

** 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. Join the competition blog and/or follow via facebook and twitter to stay informed about this and other events.



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.



Tuesday 9th February 2016: A meet and greet event (with pizza!) to ask questions, and help meet potential teammates! Location: Doheny Intellectual Commons (DML 233), 6:00pm-7:30pm (Please RSVP that you are coming to scifilm [at] usc [dot] edu by 9:00pm on Monday!)

Monday 15th February 2016: Extended deadline for competition registration. Deadline for application for small grants.

8th April 2016: Final deadline for submission of film entries.

Late April 2016 (date to be set): Screening Festival and Prizes Announced. Details to follow.

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...)