Science Film Festival 2014 Embraces The Future Technology

Last update: 18/10/2014

By Wan Asmanizan Wan Ahmad Najib


KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- The most awaited event for all science and technology enthusiasts all over the country kicked off as the 4th Science Film Festival Malaysia was launched by Director of Goethe-Institut Malaysia, Rolf Stehle on Oct 16 2014.


The launch was held at one of the prominent venues situated at the heart of the Golden Triangle, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.


The 2014 Science Film Festival turned to the future, celebrating the technologies that will shape tomorrow's world.


The event hosted at the Golden Screen Cinema (GSC) entertained the audience with film screenings of selected titles, technology demonstration by GMi undergraduates followed by a lunch reception.


The technology demonstration of Inspection Robot gained a bit of crowd as it climbed the surface to check and detect the surface.


This year, the festival received encouraging support from Siemens Malaysia, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, Malaysian Nature Society, Ministry of Education, Petrosains, Association of Technology, Science and Innovation, MAP Publika and the German Malaysian Institute (GMi).


The festival runs from Oct 16 to Nov 16 2014 with diversified activities by the project partners.


This year's Science Film Festival is set to explore the theme of Future Technology, as well as many other fields of contemporary science.


"We received 30 films from 18 Asian and European countries and will be shown for the whole month in many places among others are the German Malaysian Institute, Petrosains and also at the Nature's Park in Kuala Selangor," said Stehle.


In addition, there will be a Creative and Critical Thinking camp to be held and organised by Association of Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI).


The festival was initiated by the Goethe-Institute Thailand in 2005 and is a celebration of common communication and enjoys a unique position in Southeast Asia, North Africa and in the Middle East. It also collaborates with local partners to promote science literacy and facilitates awareness of contemporary scientific, technological and environmental issues through the medium of film and television content.


The festival presents films that explain scientific issues accessibly and entertainingly to a broad audience and the selection demonstrates that science can be communicated in an educational, as well as entertaining manner through audio-visual media.


This event has grown considerably, becoming the largest event of its kind worldwide in terms of audience reach where it is also organised in Cambodia, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Myanmar, Palestinian Territories, the Philippines, Sudan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, together with various local partners.


Last year's event drew 440, 000 visitors in 11 countries.


The next Call for Entries will be sent out in February 2015.


For further information on screenings and venues, visit www.sciencefilmfestival.org or its Facebook page 'Science Film Festival'.


-- BERNAMA