about imagine science films
Imagine Science Films is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in existence since 2008 committed to promoting a high-level dialogue between scientists and filmmakers.
Founded at Rockefeller University by geneticist and filmmaker Alexis Gambis in 2008, ISF has produced annual science film festivals in New York, Paris, and Abu Dhabi, as well as at satellite events worldwide, and serves as a major venue for the release of new and experimental works bridging the worlds of science and film. We seek to challenge and expand the role of science in the current cultural discourse by providing a forum for adventurous interdisciplinary collaboration.

ISF satellite locations have included Berlin, Chicago, Dublin, Quito, Bologna, Hong Kong, Athens, Kaluga, San Francisco, Oslo, Warsaw and Geneva.

ISF runs a variety of initiatives including the science-film community Habitat, Student film labs, a year round Science Matters pop-up event series, and the scientist-filmmaker competition Symbiosis. ISF is a proud partner of Labocine, which allows audiences beyond our festival cities to view a decade of festival films.

This year, ISF celebrated its 10 year anniversary in New York with the 10th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival.

What's magical about making films is what's magical about exploring the frontiers of science: You can control for so much, but you can't know in advance what's going to happen. You can't predict exactly what your subjects or your actors will do once the camera's rolling any more than you can know precisely how your atoms will behave. Curious, you take measurements as things happen. You might see something you've never seen before.
Alex Pasternack
Opening night of the 8th annual Imagine Science Films Festival, held at Google headquarters in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, was a gathering of filmmakers, visual artists, and a variety of those in the sciences including climatologists, cosmologists, astronomers, and planetary scientists. Having attended the 7th annual festival opening night I knew that despite regimented ticket sales there are never enough seats – a good sign in a culture that still routinely ignores science and has probably never heard the term 'sciart'.
I love the idea of teaching science through art and storytelling — engaging with the general public over science and the hidden world around us. I'm a visual learner, and I believe making a tangible experience is an indispensable way to reach the public.
PhD, NYU Biology Department (2016 SYMBIOSIS Participant)
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