Film is a medium that so many of us connect over, whether going to the movies, watching YouTube videos with friends, or sharing clips on Instagram. With the increasing prevalence of mini-movie-making machines (smartphones), we think film is a great and accessible form of science communication!

Bristol Science Film Festival runs an annual science film competition to support all those film-makers trying to tell the most interesting facts (or science fictions), no matter their resources. Shortlisted films are screened on the Big Screen in Bristol and at a special film-makers screening during the Festival. We also run a bunch of other film-themed events during the Festival for anyone and everyone: see you there!

How we got started

The Festival started in 2015 as part of the Bristol and Bath branch of the British Science Association.

Since 2016, we’ve run a short film competition and Festival every year. In August 2021, we became a volunteer-run social enterprise.

BSFF Directors


Robbie Freedom

Robbie started the Film Festival with Rachel in 2015. He has a background in science communication, having worked at Bristol’s science centre ‘We the Curious’ as part of their Live Science team. He’s currently a Junior Doctor in Scotland, and organises the Festival from afar in his spare time.

Katherine MacInnes

Katherine keeps the ship afloat while Robbie is looking after patients. In a previous life she was a science writer and editor, but now grows red blood cells from stem cells. She’s been running events and writing blogs for the Film Festival since 2017.


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