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16th Annual Science New Wave Festival


The 16th Annual Science New Wave Festival, presented by  Imagine Science Films, will take place in New York from October 20-27, 2023.

This edition of the festival is redefined around the Science New Wave movement and its idea(l)s. Our SNW XVI festival lineup and programs will be announced in late September 2023. Our goal is to celebrate films where scientific pursuit is free to co-exist and blend freely across disciplines and cultures. From documentary to fiction to data, we hope to always challenge the way you understand, interpret and appreciate scientific ideas and perspectives.


Our festival theme this year is (art)ificial. (art)ificial explores the art of the human while it acknowledges the limits of the human and the violence of its diverse art forms. What are the many forms of artificiality we humans conduct? (art)ificial is not about the artificial 'intelligent' simulations but the actual doings of humans - to nature and to ourselves. By providing a counter-narrative to the assumed connotation that artificial entails under the very present wave of artificial intelligence, this year's film festival highlights the vast range of artificial modes of creation, including human intervention, intrusion of land, as well as the incoming technologies humanity develops with and through machines to highlight the very presence of the human in affected ecosystems.


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