The Pariscience festival, organized by the Science & Television Association, launches calls for projects for writing or directing scientific works alongside its partners. These competitions are a real springboard for young authors and directors and allow new projects to be created.
These calls for projects and competitions are part of the different actions of the AST / Pariscience Incubator, to facilitate the emergence of new talents and the birth and development of scientific documentary projects. Among the other actions of this incubator: le Scientific Ideas Fair and Symbiosis – Make a film in 48h!.
Prize for the first scientific film – Ushuaïa TV
Pariscience is associated for the sixth consecutive year with the First Scientific Film Award, launched by Ushuaïa TV. This is an opportunity for directors who have never made a popular science documentary to submit a 52-minute film project illustrating, from a scientific angle, the channel’s themes such as biodiversity, the environment or terrestrial phenomena.
This year, Thomas Marie’s project, Dé-extinction, un nouvel espoir ?, produced by francetv.studio, was awarded a co-production of Ushuaïa TV worth €25,000 €. Once produced, the film will be screened during the 18th edition of the festival and broadcasted the same day exclusively on Ushuaïa TV.
Previous winners :
2021 L’Odyssée de la coquille Saint-Jacques, by Laurence Monroe – co-production : Calisto Productions.
Plein Suds, competition for the best short film project
Because research in developing countries is a global issue for development, the Institute of Research for Development (IRD), encourages the creativity of young directors, science and film students, and invited them to imagine short films scripts. From 2016 until 2021, this call for projects was an opportunity to put the spotlight on fundamental issues such as the improvement and evolution of societies or the preservation of the environment and resources.
The winning project received a production grant equivalent to €2,000 and an internship agreement with the IRD for the duration of the production. Once completed, the film was previewed at the festival.
Winners of the “Plein Sud sur la Recherche” short film script competition :
2021 Le Souffle des vodous – Symphonie en fâ majeur by Loïck Guttierrez