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Bristol Science Film Festival 2017 BBC Focus prize shortlist

Published: 06th March, 2017 at 00:00
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Watch the shortlist for the BBC Focus prize at the British Science Association’s Bristol & Bath branch Science Film Festival 2017.

Last year we were lucky enough to pick out our favourite video at the Bristol & Bath branch of the British Science Association’s annual Science Film Festival, a competition to find budding documentary makers specialising in science. Out of a strong field, our winner was The A to Zee of Animal Mysteries by Mary-Laine Friday and James Bowers, for their delightfully entertaining film about the wonders of the animal kingdom.


The winners were awarded a commission to create a video for, the home of BBC Focus magazine, and the result was the equally witty (and at times not one for the squeamish) video The A to Zee of Medical Curiosities.

This year, we’ll be offering the same prize* to one of the excellent film makers below and the winner will be announced at a special screening on Sunday 19 March at the Cube Microplex in Bristol.

Check out the videos below and let us know on Twitter which is your favourite:

To Be or Not To Be…Frozen

To Be or Not To Be...Frozen from Shuang Chen on Vimeo.

Shuang Chen, Runyu Gao and Karina Espinoza

The thoughts of the film come from the news that a 14-year-old girl wanted her body to be frozen by the technology of cryonics after her death. The film shows the process of cryonics in a simplified and understandable way from a child's point of view. By interviewing professors in this field, the film gives the audience a general idea of the present situation of the technology and helps those who are considering it with a little basic knowledge.

Everybody's Free (To Cure Cystic Fibrosis)

Everybody's Free (To Cure Cystic Fibrosis) from Bartholomew Harvey on Vimeo.

Bartholomew Harvey

Based on the popular song Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann in 1999 this serious parody reveals an unknown lecturer as he takes a new approach to describing Cystic Fibrosis, the impact it has, the developments we’ve made and asks the question, will there be a cure?

What do scientists do? - The Scientific Method

What do scientists do? - The Scientific Method from Helen Cammack on Vimeo.

Helen Cammack, Nash Vracas

Ever wondered what scientists actually spend all their days doing, and how they make scientific discoveries? Join us as we take a look at the scientific method, using the discovery of the Higgs boson as an example, and find out why scientists are never quite certain about anything…

Hot or Not?

Hot or Not? from Emma Salkeld on Vimeo.

Emma Salkeld, Hannah Conduit

A film about thermoregulation. I left Hannah out in the cold and discovered what happened to the human body when it got cold. I then made her run around and investigated what happened when she was warm.

4.54 Billion

4.54 Billion from Timothy Gregory on Vimeo.

Tim Gregory, Joe Scaife, and David Schultz

A song about the history of the Earth! Written by two geology undergrads from the University of Manchester for Prof David Schultz and his online Coursera course "Our Earth: Its Climate, History, and Processes"


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