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10 August 2017

With a successful first run last year, the Department Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) taps the expertise of the University of the Philippines’ (UP) College of Mass Communication (CMC) to take its pioneering science film-making contest a notch higher.

During the program launch of the 2nd Indie-Siyensya Film-Making Competition held on 11 August 2017 at the UP CMC Auditorium, DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo thanked the College for lending their knowledge in “making the competition a visual scientific feast” and an effective medium for science learning.

“This collaboration is a welcome development for this truly innovative program that emphasizes the value of the audio-visual medium in science education,” she said.

The competition, which was first launched late in 2015, focuses on promoting communication of scientific concepts through the film platform. The project hopes to spark creativity and build a culture of science among the youth and young professionals. High school and college students as well as some science practitioners attended the launch.

Biyo said they target to improve on the competition overall, citing techniques and quality of scientific information conveyed in last year’s film-entries as things to further hone.

“In a way, last year’s Indie-Siyensya was a ‘test run’ for us, but we realized its potential as an effective platform in promoting science. While there are things to improve on, the gains are clearly there,” Biyo said, while adding that some changes in the contest mechanics are done to capture points of enhancement.

One of the changes include expanding the target participants into two categories—1) the youth category for high school and tertiary students aged 15-20 years; and 2) science and technology professionals. Films shall follow the theme ‘A portrait of a Filipino as a Scientist’ to highlight the life and contribution of a local scientist.

Film entries could either be a documentary or animation, and will be judged in terms of scientific content, idea execution, and film techniques. A Php 100,000 prize will be given to the top entries in both the youth and professional categories. 

The deadline for submission of film concepts is on 30 August 2017. Concepts that will be selected for the final round are required to attend a one-day training-workshop on film-making to be held on 11 September 2017, for participants to further hone skills and ensure quality in their films. After the training, participants will have two months to execute their concepts. The deadline for the final film-entries is on 30 October 2017. (30)