Quantum physics meets art in international short film festival “Quantum Shorts”

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS) will showcase ten finalist entries from the film festival Quantum Shorts at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art on 24 March 2017 during the World Science Festival Brisbane.

The Quantum Shorts competition called for short films inspired by quantum physics.

The resulting entries are remarkable, visually stunning and a little crazy.

The ten films were chosen from 203 submissions received from across the world.

A Q&A panel will follow the screening with three panellists who will answer film-inspired questions.

The panellists include host of Network Ten’s science show for kids Scope Lee Constable and quantum physicists Dr Jacqui Romero and Dr Carlo Bradac.

The Quantum Shorts festival is run by the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore with a constellation of prestigious partners including Scientific American magazine and the journal Nature.

Judges for Quantum Shorts include World Science Festival co-founder and physicist Professor Brian Greene.


Contact: Tara Roberson at t.roberson@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3346 7953.

For more on the screening, go to bit.ly/QuantumShortsWSFB


Quantum Shorts finalists

Ampersand: What unites everything on Earth? That we are all ultimately composed of something that is both matter & wave. Submitted by Erin Shea, United States

Approaching Reality: Dancing cats, a watchful observer and a strange co-existence. It’s all you need to understand the essence of quantum mechanics. Submitted by Simone de Liberato, United Kingdom

Bolero: The coin is held fast, but is it heads or tails? As long as the fist remains closed, you are a winner – and a loser. Submitted by Ivan D’Antonio, Italy

Novae: What happens when a massive star reaches the end of its life? Something that goes way beyond the spectacular, according to this cosmic poem about the infinite beauty of a black hole’s birth. Submitted by Thomas Vanz, France

The Guardian: A quantum love triangle, where uncertainty is the only winner. Submitted by Chetan Kotabage, India

The Real Thing: Picking up a beverage shouldn’t be this hard. And it definitely shouldn’t take you through the multiverse. Submitted by Adam Welch, United States

Together - Parallel Universe: It’s a tale as old as time: boy meets girl, girl is not as interested as boy hoped. So boy builds spaceship and travels through multi-dimensional reality to find the one universe where they can be together. Submitted by Michal Robertson, South Africa

Tom’s Breakfast: This is one of those days when Tom's morning routine doesn't go to plan – far from it, in fact. The only question is, can he be philosophical about it? Submitted by Ben Garfield, United Kingdom

Triangulation: Can the secret of life be found in the smallest world, where lifeforms and insentient substance are indistinguishable? Submitted by Vladimir Vlasenko, Ukraine

Whitecap: Dr. David Long has discovered how to turn matter into waveforms. So why shouldn’t he experiment with his own existence? Submitted by Bernard Ong, United States

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.