A different film festival will be witnessed this coming week. It is a festival of films about science that will be screened for free at this year’s National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) from November 22 to 28. 

The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute, together with the Goethe-Institut Philippines, will be presenting the 12th annual Science Film Festival.

Since 2005, the Science Film Festival has been celebrating science communication in Southeast Asia that is now the largest event of its kind in the world.

This year’s festivities include 35 science edutainment films. It will include topics ranging from cloud computing and biology to climatology and epidemiology, tied together by the theme, “Better Health Through Better Understanding.”

The festival looks back on the challenges and milestones the world has faced in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, that aimas to empower the viewers to take better care of themselves and the environment. 

“Health and mental well-being are vital in the aftermath of the pandemic, with many Filipino youths concerned about their and their family’s wellbeing,” said DOST-SEI Director Josette T. Biyo.

“We hope to reach out to them and empower them through this Festival, even while fulfilling our mandate to deliver quality STEM education to the people,” she added. 

The Science Film Festival also offers supplemental hands-on activities, including experiments, projects and learning games to supplement the films, making for an enjoyable and multidisciplinal learning experience. 

All 35 science edutainment films will be available for free online until December 3.

With his year’s theme, “Agham at Teknolohiya: Tugon sa Hamon ng Panahon,’’ the DOST pivoted amid the Covid-19 pandemic and found more ways than one to deliver its services to promote science, technology, and innovation. 

True to its mandate, the DOST continues to serve by bringing science, technology, and innovation to our doorsteps with the virtual staging of the 2021 NSTW.

For more details about the Science Film Festival and the available films, please visit goethe.de/ScienceFilmFestPh. S&T Media Services

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