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29 March 2016

Students from Taguig, Pateros, and Muntinlupa are in a feast for their eyes before the end of their classes as the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute showcases the submissions to Indie-Siyensya, the Philippines’ first science filmmaking competition.

Sixteen science films made by college students from various universities will be showcased from 29 to 30 March in Taguig City during the film screenings for Indie-siyensya, a pioneering science filmmaking competition.

Indie-siyensya was launched late in 2015 to spark creativity in communicating science among the youth. The competition aimed to encourage young students to capitalize on film as a tool for influencing people about the benefits of science, technology and innovation.

The film screenings will be done at the DOST’s Philippine Science Heritage Center in Bicutan, Taguig City to be attended by high school students in the first day and tertiary students on the second.

DOST-SEI Director, Dr. Josette Biyo, referred to the competition as “a move to really get creative inputs from students on how they see and appreciate science and technology.”

Biyo said the number of entries was a good indication of the high interest in science and in filmmaking among the youth given the relatively short timeframe from the project launch to the screening and awarding. 

DOST-SEI will announce the three best science films on April 1.

“We are very happy about the number and quality of science films these students produced for this competition. It shows how talented our students are and how high the potential of film as tool for science education is in the country,” added Biyo.

The competition involved individuals or groups of three with an age range of 16 to 21 years old. Film entries were limited to five to 10 minutes in length and were guided by the theme, “Spectrum: Capturing the Colors of Science”.  The films will be judged in terms of content, technical excellence, and creativity. Cash prizes will be given to the top three entries during the awarding ceremony.

“This is just the first and we will surely improve on the project to bring science and technology closer to Filipinos,” Biyo disclosed. (30)