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Science Film Festival 2015 to celebrate International Year of Light Oct. 19 - Dec. 9, 2015

The Philippines is set to celebrate its sixth edition of the Science Film Festival this year. In 2015 the theme is “LIGHT," inviting audiences in 2015 to discover the different roles light and its applications play in our everyday lives and what it reveals about the nature of the universe.  The celebration is in accordance with the celebration of United Nation’s International Year of Light 2015, focusing on the importance of light and how it helps revolutionize our global society.  It will run from October 19-December 9.

 The Goethe-Institut Philippines is once again taking the lead in organizing the festival and is very happy to offer to Filipino children 44 science films from around the world. These films were carefully selected by a respected jury from the science, education, culture and the media sector.

The opening ceremony will take place on October 19, 2015 at the National Academy of Science and Technology Autitorium, Science Heritage Building, Department of Science and Technology Complex, Bicutan, Taguig.

The Goethe-Institut Philippines is proud to have major collaborating partners like the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Education (DepEd) as well as strong support from other partners, including the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and its Film Cultural Exchange Program, The Mind Museum, Museo Pambata, Quezon City Science Interactive, Philippine Science Centrum, the National Library, ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, American Corners, ABLAN Foundation, Hans Seidel Foundation, German European School Manila, UP Astronomical Society, Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs, CFC Cornerstone, SEAMEO Innotech, Anak TV Foundation, Liceo de Cagayan University, Leyte Normal University, Xavier University , UP Deutscher Verein and SM Malls among others.  The free screenings and fun activities in schools, museums and other educational centres begins in October. 

The films will be travelling to all Philippine Cinematheques starting on October 15 through November 26.  Further information on screenings at other venues is coming soon.

The Science Film Festival, initiated by the Goethe-Institut Thailand in 2005, is a celebration of science communication and enjoys a unique position in Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.  In cooperation with local partners it promote science literacy and facilitates awareness of contemporary scientific, technological and environmental issues through the medium of film and television content. It presents films that explain scientific issues accessibly and entertainingly to a broad audience. The festival selection demonstrates that science can be communicated in an educational, as well as entertaining manner through audio-visual media.  It is one of the biggest film festivals worldwide and reached in 2014 more than 580,000 visitors in 13 countries.

Internationally, the festival is organized in Cambodia, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Palestinian Territories, the Philippines, Sudan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, together with various local partners.

For the catalogue of all selected films, visit http://www.goethe.de/ins/th/prj/wif/lae/phi/enindex.htm

Film Development Council of the Philippines