International Quantum Shorts film festival opens for entries

Calling for films that fit quantum stories into five minutes

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Can you show us the world through a quantum lens?  The Quantum Shorts film festival is returning with a new call for entries.  The international contest seeks films up to five minutes long that draw inspiration from the quantum world.

Filmmakers can take their pick of quantum ideas to enter films or animations for a chance at international screenings and cash prizes.  The festival’s website offers an A-to-Z guide to ideas from the act of observation to zero-point energy, with entanglement, computing and more in between.  The film festival is free to enter and accepting submissions until 1 December 2020.

The festival judges are filmmakers, physicists, science communicators and museum professionals who form two panels to review submissions: first to select a shortlist of up to ten films, and then to decide the top prizes.

What do filmmakers stand to win?  Quantum Shorts offers a US$1500 First Prize, US$1000 for Runner Up and a People’s Choice prize of US$500.  The People’s Choice will be decided by public vote on the shortlist.  All shortlisted films will also receive a US$250 shortlist prize and a one-year digital subscription to Scientific American.

Quantum Shorts is organised by the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at the National University of Singapore and supported by partners around the world.

Quantum Shorts welcomes as media partners Scientific American, the longest continuously published magazine in the US, and Nature, the international weekly journal of science.  Scientific partners are the Dodd-Walls Centre, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS), the Institute for Quantum Computing, the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, QuTech, and the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.

Plans for events are contingent on local pandemic conditions in 2021, but Quantum Shorts hopes to work with scientific partners and screening partners to hold some live screenings of the shortlisted films.  The festival will also be holding online screening events.  Look out for details of events announced later.

The Quantum Shorts film festival can accept submission of films screened or posted online previously, as long as the first screening date is no earlier than 1 December 2018.

Submissions to Quantum Shorts can be entered via the website at, which also features a full set of rules and guidelines.  The deadline for entries is 23:59 GMT, 1 December 2020.

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.