•The 2020 Indie-Siyensya science filmmaking competition has extended the deadline for submission of film entries to February 25, 2020.
•Indie-Siyensya is open to all Filipino filmmakers, and bears the theme “Communities Beyond the Naked Eye.” 
•The best film for each category will win PHP 100,000 pesos, and the second and third placers will receive PHP 50,000 and PHP 30,000, respectively.

Attention, Pinoy indie filmmakers! Here’s a great opportunity for you to communicate science, help people learn to appreciate the small things in life, and win money, all at the same time.

Now on its 4th year, the Indie-Siyensya science filmmaking competition has officially extended the deadline for submission to February 25, 2020.

Indie-Siyensya is an independent filmmaking tilt organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).

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Participants of the program launch of the 4th Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition. (Image: DOST-SEI)

Filipino filmmakers may join the competition as individuals or groups, under one of two categories. The Youth Category is open to all high school, tertiary school and out-of-school youth aged 13-20. Meanwhile, the Open Category welcomes entries from college students, teachers, and S&T professionals.

How to join Indie-Siyensya

Entries must be short documentaries with a running time of under ten (10) minutes. The films must adhere to the theme “Communities Beyond the Naked Eye” (specifically about “the life and impact of insects, microorganisms, and other tiny living and non-living things”).

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: Scientific Content, Execution of Idea, and Film Techniques.

Winners for both categories will receive trophies and cash prizes: PHP 100,000 pesos for the Best Film, PHP 50,000 for the second prize, and PHP 30,000 pesos for the third prize.

Additionally, the entry with the highest number of votes during the film screening period will win the Viewers’ Choice award (PHP 20,000 pesos).

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Indie-Siyensya judges (L-R) Dr. Ruby Cristobal, Prof. Seymour Sanchez, and Dr. Aimee Lynn Dupo with DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo and PSHS Western Visayas Campus Director Dr. Shena Faith Ganela. (Image: DOST-SEI)

In the words of DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo: “This competition aims to use filmmaking in communicating to the public scientific concepts as well as in highlighting the critical role of S&T in national development to the public and to entice the youth to become part of the growing S&T workforce of the country.”

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Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco

Bitten by the science writing bug, Mikael has years of writing and editorial experience under his belt. As the editor-in-chief of FlipScience, Mikael has sworn to help make science more fun and interesting for geeky readers and casual audiences alike.