Quantum Shorts

Quantum Shorts, the international short film festival, is open for entries

Quantum ShortsLights, camera, action! Partners in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (UKNQTP) are proud to support the international Quantum Shorts film festival. The festival is free to enter, and open to amateur and professional film-makers who want to tell stories that draw inspiration from quantum physics.

UKNQTP Partners who are supporting Quantum Shorts include QuantIC, Quantum Communications Hub, NPL, the Centre for Doctoral Training in Controlled Quantum Dynamics at Imperial College, the UCL Quantum Science & Technology Institute (UCLQ) and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantum Engineering at the University of Bristol.

Scientific American, the longest continuously published magazine in the U.S., and Nature, the international weekly journal of science, are the festival’s media partners.

“Quantum physics invites us to look at the world in new ways,” says quantum physicist Artur Ekert, who will be a judge for the festival’s top prizes. Ekert is also Director of the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at the National University of Singapore, the organiser of Quantum Shorts. Quantum physics, he explains, allows things to experience spooky connections across space and time, and can power new forms of computing and cryptography.  “We are confident that, as in previous years, passionate, creative people from across the globe will use this extraordinary science to inspire extraordinary films,” Ekert says.

After entries close on 1 December 2018, a shortlisting panel will select up to ten submissions to be shown by the festival’s scientific and screening partners in 2019.

The festival’s top prize of US $1500 and runner-up prize of US $1000 will be decided by a panel of eminent judges. An additional prize of US $500 will be decided by public vote on the shortlist. All shortlisted films will receive a US $250 screening fee and earn their maker a one-year digital subscription to Scientific American.

Submissions to Quantum Shorts 2018 can be entered via the website at http://shorts.quantumlah.org, which also features resources on quantum physics and a full set of rules and guidelines.

The deadline for entries is 23:59 GMT, 1 December 2018.