BrisSciFilm 2021 programme

Friday July 16th and Saturday July 17th 2021

The 2021 Film Festival has now ended, but you can view our shortlist of films at the following links (available until July 27th):

The 2021 Bristol Science Film Festival will be held over two evenings on Friday July 16th and Saturday July 17th. It’ll be online and FREE — we hope to see you there!

Over the two nights we’ll screen all the short science fact and fiction films that are eligible for prizes in our short film competition. The playlists will then be on our YouTube channel from July 18th – 27th for you to watch at your leisure! Although the events are free, any donations to the Festival would be much appreciated to support future competitions. You can donate here.

Registration is not required, but if you would like to pre-register to get an email with the joining link before each event, then fill out the form below. Your email will not be used for any other purpose.

Friday July 16th — Earth explained

Start time: 19:30 (UK time)

Dive into our short film selection as we screen our science fact and fiction films on the theme of earth and environment. In this evening’s lineup we sneak up on ants, evade sea monsters and learn why our planet spins.

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Saturday July 17th — Technology and us

Start time: 19:30 (UK time)

Day two of the Film Festival will see us jump into the lab and rocket into space as we see how technology is changing us now and in the future. We’ll also announce the winners and runners up in the short film competition at the end of the night!!

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Festival programme

Friday July 16th — Earth explained

The Buds

Robbie I’Anson Price
Science Fact Amateur
The Buds is the product of many hours spent in the botanical gardens of Geneva with the trumpet vine. It’s about intrigue, and perhaps the connectedness of everything and everyone.

Beavers: Nature’s Ecosystem Engineers

Lauren Cook
Science Fact Amateur
Beavers is a watercolour-illustrated stop-motion animation about beavers, their keystone impacts and role in restoring UK rivers.


Camille DeBose
Science Fact Professional
This brief film is a factual discussion of how lakes are formed on our planet.

Why Does The Earth Spin?

Karen Hodgson
Science Fact Amateur
This film covers a subject that most people take for granted — “Why does the Earth spin?” — to engage young children in everyday science and also interest their parents!

Wood Mouse

Alicia Hayden
Science Fact Amateur
A short nature documentary on wood mice, with a focus on a juvenile wood mouse feeding on blackberries in Autumn.

Lucho Apa And The Soil

Clau Zavala
Science Fact Professional
Lucho Apa, the only ‘chulengo’ (a young guanaco) in his herd, must venture through the Choapa valleys in Chile to form his own. Along the way, he will get to know northern landscapes, form solid friendships and discover that soil is not just dirt!

Ëdhä Dädhëcha̧ (Moosehide Slide)

Dan Sokolowski
Science Fact Professional
The Dawson City landslide is a dominant feature of Dawson City, Yukon’s city-scape. It is known by the local Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in as Ëdhä Dädhëcha̧ or Moosehide Slide. This film examines the scientific reasons for the occurrence of the slide versus the local legend behind its creation.

Burrowing For Knowledge

Daniel Hargrove
Science Fact Professional
This mini-documentary describes an international project to understand the reproductive ecology of tsetse. ​This fly is notorious for transmitting the trypanosome parasites that cause debilitating ​and even lethal disease to humans, livestock and wildlife.


Izzy Bristow
Science Fact Professional
Dive into a world of unique animal adaptation as we explore the lengths some fish will go to for a bite to eat.

The Unisexuals

Katie Garrett
Science Fact Professional
In the Eastern United States, a population of female salamanders has existed for millions of years without any males of their kind. These little asexual amphibians only give birth to female offspring. They do however mate… With the males of any one of four different species!

Ant Sisters

Anna Lindemann
Science Fact Professional
A woman takes inspiration from the social lives of ants in a letter to her own estranged sister, and discovers what it takes to survive as a collective. Ant Sisters draws from scientific research on the evolution of eusociality to weave a tale about the complex dynamics of human and ant sisterhood.

Out of the Bag: Revisiting the Moreau Subjects

Andrew Essig
Science Fiction Amateur
It’s been twenty years since the notorious Moreau organisation went public. Now, Simulacrum’s own Gemma Eversman has landed the first ever interview with a key member from the company. Is there any merit to the rumors? Has the tech giant overstepped its bounds? Or are the limits of science meant to be pushed?

Diving Bell

Kyle Brewis, Josh Klaassen
Science Fiction Professional
While researching a large valley lake, a man encounters something unexpected.

Improving Flowers to Help Feed the World

Hamish Symington, Jake Moscrop
Science Fact Amateur
A rising world population means we’ll need more food in the coming years. But much of our food relies on insect pollination and insects are in decline around the world. Can we make flowers better at being pollinated to help solve this problem?

On the River

Katharina Weikl, Claudia Röthlin, Yves Gutjahr
Science Fact Professional
On the River is a poetic experimental film in tribute to University of Zurich researchers Barbara Strobl and Simon Etter. The stop-motion film follows the course of the river: from its source in the mountains, the water drips, drums, splashes, flows, foams, roars all the way to its mouth in the sea.

Saturday July 17th — Technology and us

Not a Robot

George Summers
Science Fiction Amateur
A robot tries to break into a human facility, and is asked a security question…

Organization – Visually Explaining Entropy

Brittany Beheshti
Science Fact Amateur
The Second Law of Thermodynamics notes that “the state of entropy of the entire universe, as an isolated system, will always increase over time”. In other words, our world is constantly moving towards disorder. The ability for life to organize is a powerful and often overlooked characteristic.

The Artificial Revolution

Elyas Masrour
Science Fact Amateur
A young artist investigates the recent advancements in creative Artificial Intelligence to see if we’re approaching the end of art.

Did the Universe have to be the way that it is?

Emily Driscoll
Science Fact Professional
What if the laws of physics were different? How might our Universe look?

Kirk DeVille

Harry Boast
Science Fiction Professional
After fleeing the scene of General Zarco’s assassination, Kirk DeVille is making his escape aboard a HyperBridge transit vessel, heading for the nearest black hole. Will he reach it in time and escape the clutches of the evil Praesidium Empire?

Depression: From Bloodletting to Wearable Devices

Alina Ivan
Science Fact Amateur
This hand-drawn animated film is an art-science collaboration between psychology researcher Alina Ivan, animator Sophia Ppali, and a music producer Wimperis, developed with the help of people with lived experience. We hope that the video will start must-needed conversations about mental health.

Time Trippin’ (A Bunker Bill Podcast)

Ian Johnston
Science Fiction Amateur
An interview with an alleged time traveller yields surprises. A comedy short.

Gene Therapy Explained: Changing Our Bodies’ Recipe to Treat Disease

Linda von Neree, Katie Snell
Science Fact Professional
The animation shows Alexis and Freddie, two members of the Young Persons’ Advisory Group (YPAG) at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, asking questions to understand what gene therapy is about. All members of the group were involved in shaping the animation and they regularly work with doctors, nurses and scientists helping to improve health care research for children.

Gene Modification

Dokyung Kim, Felicia Lee
Science Fact Amateur
This is a video on gene modification presenting some ideas for the debate between supporting and opposing it.

Divide by Zero

Maarten Bun
Science Fiction Professional
Julian is questioned about his actions, but things quickly reveal themselves to be different than he had always believed.

The Equilibrists

Jayne Wilson
Science Fact Professional
The Equilibrists of the film are patient and surprising exemplars of the lessons to be learnt from scrutinising the elementary principles of physics. Here familiar feats of balance and curious parlour games combine with the didactic serving as a reminder of the patience, delicacy and balance essential for stability.

Synthesis of ATP

Drew Berry
Science Fact Professional
This film visualises the molecular mechanisms that power your cells and tissues, converting food and air into the flow of chemical energy that keeps your body alive. Synthesis of ATP combines the world’s most advanced microscopy techniques and molecular models to engage students with accurate inspiring biology.

Il Pedone (The Pedestrian)

Cristiana Pecci and Matteo Maggi
Science Fiction Professional

A story from the past, yet about a future that feels frighteningly similar to ours, where even a simple walk at night can become abnormal.

The Tragic Tale of Mary Mallon

Samantha Vanderslott, Claas Kirchhelle
Science Fact Professional
The most (in)famous healthy carrier of typhoid fever through foodborne transmission was Mary Mallon who became known as ‘Typhoid Mary’.


Keith Allott
Science Fiction Professional
A reclusive sci-fi enthusiast develops an unexpected friendship with a customer service representative.
Lifelike can only be watched live on July 17th.


Brett Harvey
Science Fact Amateur
A reflective essay on living with young onset Parkinson’s disease.