The Science Film Festival in the Philippines, organized by the Goethe-Institut, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), impressively recorded an audience of 103,945 viewers—light-years of improvement from 2013’s reach of 26,500—allowing the Philippines to break the 100,000 barrier outside the festival-initiator of Thailand.
The Science Film Festival, promoting the theme “Future Technology” kicked off with the opening film Nine-and-a-half: Life Without Plastics (Germany).
The festival was founded in Bangkok in 2005 and aims to provide the younger generation access to science to awaken their interest and encourage them to pursue a career in the said field.
International science films were shown in 14 countries from Southeast Asia and the Middle East and the festival reached 580,079 viewers in total.
In the Philippines, a 300-percent increase in viewer count was made possible by the partnership with many institutions, creating an extensive network of venues all over the archipelago.
Among these partner institutions which provided venues and organized screenings in their buildings were the Mind Museum, the Manila Ocean Park, Museo Pambata, the Quezon City Science Interactive Center, the National Library, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the US Embassy, the Ablan Foundation, the Philippine Science Centrum, the Asean Centre for Biodiversity, Cornerstone and Felta Foundation Inc. Private universities and schools also took part, such as the Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro, San Marcos ES, and the Leyte Normal University, which brought the science films in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city. Student organizations were also active like the UP Deutscher Verein and the Philippine Society for Youth Science Clubs, which supervised the post-screening activity in some of the venues.
This year, the Philippines will be hosting the Science Film Festival for the sixth year in a row with the theme “UN International Year of Light.”