Presenting the top ten Quantum Shorts films

Quantum-inspired film shortlist is ready for public input

Quantum Shorts is an annual competition that alternates between calls for quantum-themed film and short fiction

“Weirdly compelling,” was one judge’s comment. “A very adventurous concept,” said another. “Creative and funny,” came a third verdict.

Now you can judge the entries to the latest edition of the Quantum Shorts film festival yourself! The shortlist is finally ready for your input.

EQUS, a science partner of the Quantum Shorts festival, is pleased to announce the finalists. 

The shortlisting judges have picked 10 films out of a total of 176 submissions – our thanks to all the entrants. The shortlist spans a range of styles and genres, from fascinating sci-fi visions to absurdist takes on the multiverse. There are quantum detectives, love stories and science-inspired comedy. 

Entries came from all over the world, with finalists from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

We would like to offer our congratulations to all the shortlisted filmmakers, who have already bagged a $250 prize and a one-year digital subscription to Scientific American– plus the opportunity for audiences across the globe to see their films in dedicated screenings. Now wish them luck as the judging panel pick our ultimate winners. 

We also invite you to take part and pick your favourite film for the People’s Choice Prize. The films are no longer than five minutes, so it won’t take you long to find the one that deserves your vote! Make your choice at 

These are the 10 shortlisted films, in alphabetical order:

  • 10-57 - In this short by Daniel Baig, a police officer responds to an emergency call only to find himself caught in a quantum dilemma.
  • Atoms searching for immateriality - Anne-Marie Bouchard’s film shines a spotlight on photoluminescent nanoparticles, displaying their starlike nature.
  • Gluon Free - Chris Willoughby directed, wrote and produced this absurdist exploration of the multiverse.
  • Heads or Tails - A noir-ish take on a Schrödinger’s cat situation, by director Lin Tianyun and screenwriter Chen Peishan. 
  • If the World Spinned Backwards - Writers Leonardo Martinelli and Arthur Valverde imagine how quantum theory’s independence of time would change the human experience.
  • Knock Knock - Grace Lambert and Noemi Gunea share the writing, producing, acting and directing credits on this comedic take on the threat of black holes.
  • LEGIO VIII QUANTAE. "The quantum resurgence after the fall of Silicon Valley" - A sci-fi vision of quantum technology’s legacy, directed by Andrea Rodriguez Blanco.
  • QED - A Nobel prize-winning theory inspired Chetan V. Kotabage’s film about a lost opportunity.
  • Slide! - A detective, a serial killer and a parallel universe provide the framework for Tay Li Guo’s quantum thriller.
  • Under My Bed - Paco Freire wrote and directed this pithy horror-style take on quantum superposition.
About Quantum Shorts

Quantum Shorts has alternated between annual calls for science fiction and science films since 2012. The festival is organised by the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore, with media partners Natureand Scientific American and an international network of scientific partners and screening partners.

Major funding support

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present.