Information Movies

Wednesday 3 February

  • 9:30 – 10:30 IYL 2015 General / Activities (Room 6)

IYL 2015 Official Trailer

Director: Nickolas Barris
Produced by: Imaginary Films / Nickolas Barris Organization: Einstein's Light Documentary Development B.V.
Running Time: 2 Minutes 34 Seconds
Country: The Netherlands Language: English
Year: 2014

This video was used as the IYL 2015 official trailer. Einstein’s Light is a documentary film created by award-winning international filmmaker, Nickolas Barris. It explores how scientific imagination and innovation advance knowledge frontiers with Albert Einstein as a model. The director commissioned live original songs to reflect the power of music as a catalyst for scientific creativity. Grammy award winning violinist, Joshua Bell, performed three of these songs from the film for their world premiere at the International Year of Light 2015 Opening Ceremony on 19-20 January 2015.

Celebrate The International Year of Light 2015 with SPIE

Director: Kevin Probasco
Produced by: Krisinda Plenkovich Organization: SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics Running Time: 1 Minutes 17 Seconds
Country: United States of America Language: Spanish
Year: 2014

The International Year of Light 2015 recognizes the importance of raising global awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture, and health. Why is light so important? Not only does it connect people around the world, but it plays a vital role in creating solutions for important global issues. From photosynthesis to galaxies light years away, light is everywhere. SPIE invites you to celebrate the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) and discover why light, is in fact, life.

Cosmic Light 2015 Video Trailer - To celebrate the cosmic light coming down to earth

Director: Sze-leung Cheung and Chisato Ikuta
Produced by: Yasuhisa Shioya and Naotsugu Mikami Organization: IAU and NAOJ
Running Time: 2 Minutes 54 Seconds
Country: International Production Language: English Subtitles: Spanish
Year: 2015

The official video trailer for Cosmic Light IYL 2015: to celebrate the cosmic light coming down to earth. Focused on limiting energy waste through the reduction of light pollution and highlighting the importance of the preservation of dark night skies, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) launched the Cosmic Light programme, joining the global celebrations of the International Year of Light 2015.

IYL 2015 Opening Ceremony

Director: Jason Socrates Bardi
Produced by: Jason Socrates Bardi Organization: American Institute of Physics
Running Time: 3 Minutes 39 Seconds
Country: United States of America Language: English
Year: 2015

The International Year of Light 2015 Opening Ceremony was held at UNESCO HQ in Paris on 19-20 January 2015. This video shares scenes and interviews from the opening ceremony, and helps start the conversation on why optics are so important.

Wonders of light

Director: Tommy Taylor Jr.
Produced by: Tommy Taylor Jr. Organization: National Science Foundation
Running Time: 1 Minutes 45 Seconds
Country: United States of America Language: English
Year: 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) in conjunction with the American Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, the IEEE Photonics Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the Optical Society and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) invited the public to interact with nearly two dozen exhibits with hands-on light displays at The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C to mark the celebration of the International Year of Light. The event featured the latest in light-based technologies as well as leading scientists and educators to promote improved public understanding of the central role of light in the modern world.

The Light that surround us

Director: Augusto Beléndez
Produced by: Augusto Beléndez Organization: University of Alicante
Running Time: 9 Minutes 33 Seconds
Country: Spain Language: English
Year: 2015

Light is at the origin of life, it has inspired beauty, painters, poets, architects ... and it is essential in photography, cinema, theatre or television, because there is no doubt that light affects the emotional response from the audience. Just look around us to verify that the numerous applications of light have revolutionized society through science, engineering, architecture, medicine, communications, culture, art and leisure. The industries that are related to light are real economic engines and Optics and Photonics are increasingly meeting the needs of humanity in multiple aspects. They give access to information, facilitate our communications, help to preserve cultural heritage, promote sustainable development and increase the health and social welfare. Light-based technologies are also providing new solutions to various global issues in areas such as such as energy, education, agriculture, environment and health.

Review of the International Year of Light 2015 in Germany

Director: Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft e. V. / German Physical Society
Produced by: Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft e. V. / German Physical Society
Running Time: 7 Minutes 34 Seconds
Country: Germany Language: German Subtitles: English
Year: 2015

The International Year of Light 2015 was globally and particularly in Germany dynamically implemented. In Germany, the central coordinating role was assigned to the German Physical Society (DPG) in collaboration with the German UNESCO Commission.

The International Year of Light has brought the importance of light as a basic necessity for life and a central component of science and culture to people’s awareness. Although the International Year of Light has faded away, it will be emanating for years to come.

Total Lunar Eclipse 2015

Director: Kristina Förtsch and Luis Arellano Gomes
Produced by: Matthias Welzel and Dan Curticapean Organization: Offenburg University
Running Time: 2 Minutes 20 Seconds
Country: Germany Language: English
Year: 2015

Astronomical phenomena have fascinated people since the very beginning of mankind. They have an inspiring effect, especially on young people. This short film is a summary of Offenburg University’s live broadcasting of the total lunar eclipse in the early morning hours of 28 September 2015. We reported from astronomical observatories around the world, conducted interviews with scientists, and covered a range of other astronomical topics. The live broadcast was viewed by over 70 000 viewers from 143 different countries, totaling more than half a million viewer minutes during four hours of broadcasting.

100 Years of General Relativity

Director: Kristina Förtsch and Benjamin Heitz
Produced by: Dan Curticapean Organization: Offenburg University
Running Time: 5 Minutes
Country: Germany Language: English
Year: 2015

On November 25, 2015, the science community celebrated the centenary of the General Theory of Relativity. Offenburg University (Germany) held a symposium in commemoration of this scientific milestone. The talks covered both scientific aspects of general relativity and its impact on our daily lives. The event was attended by more than 400 visitors from around the Offenburg area. The audience ranged from students to retirees, from physics PhDs to artists to the general public.

International Year of Light: Light Beyond the Bulb

Director: Kimberly Arcand
Produced by: April Jubett Organization: NASA/CXC/SAO (NASA/Chandra X-ray Center/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)
Running Time: 2 Minutes Country: United States of America Language: English
Year: 2015

The glow of a candle, the rise of the Sun, the illumination of a lamp, bring comfort and warmth to our lives. Humans are, after all, drawn to light. But there is much more to light than meets the eye. Light takes on many forms that are largely invisible and undetectable without modern technology. Light allows us to communicate, entertain, explore, and understand the world we inhabit and the Universe we live in.

Light Beyond the Bulb: Intro to Light

Director: Kimberly Arcand
Produced by: April Jubett Organization: NASA/CXC/SAO (NASA/Chandra X-ray Center/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)
Running Time: 3 Minutes 24 Seconds Country: United States of America Language: English
Year: 2015

The year 2015 has been declared to be the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies by the United Nations. People around the world are using this year-long celebration to look at all of the amazing things light can do.

Light Beyond the Bulb: Over and Beyond the Rainbow

Director: Kimberly Arcand
Produced by: April Jubett Organization: NASA/CXC/SAO (NASA/Chandra X-ray Center/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)
Running Time: 3 Minutes 59 Seconds Country: United States of America Language: English
Year: 2015

For the millions of years that humans and our ancestors have roamed this planet, we have been familiar with light. While scientists and philosophers have tried to figure out exactly what light is for millennia, it's only been in the past several hundred years or so that we've really started to figure it out.

Light Beyond the Bulb: Bent Light in Space

Director: Kimberly Arcand
Produced by: April Jubett Organization: NASA/CXC/SAO (NASA/Chandra X-ray Center/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)
Running Time: 3 Minutes 41 Seconds Country: United States of America Language: English
Year: 2015

One of the most interesting characteristics of light is that the path that it travels can bend. This happens when light is moving through one medium like air, and then enters another medium like glass or water. We experience this all of the time here on Earth. Whenever we put eyeglasses on or insert contact lenses, we are taking advantage of the fact that we can bend the path of light so it can properly focus onto the retinas of our eyes. We also see examples of bent light in the slightly oval appearance of the setting Sun or when we think we see water on in the distance on a hot highway.

  • 11:30 – 12:30 Light in our lives

A Single Light of Science

Director: James Dacey
Produced by: James Dacey Organization: Physics World magazine
Running Time: 6 Minutes 13 Seconds
Country: United Kingdom Language: English Subtitles: Spanish
Year: 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technology (IYL 2015) saw people around the world celebrate the remarkable properties of light and its applications. In A Single Light of Science you meet people working in some of the key focus areas of IYL 2015, including Nobel laureates, development professionals and a range of people from the creative industries. These interviews were recorded at the official opening ceremony of IYL 2015 at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris. This two-day event – attended by more than 1000 people – combined talks with exhibitions, art installations and musical performances. The event began with the reading of a statement from the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon who said that "light is a unifying symbol that signifies wisdom and excites the imagination across the world". The film introduces some of the key themes of the year, including the use of light-based technologies for global development, and how collaborative projects can help build bridges between the sciences, arts and humanities.

Reclaiming the Stars

Director: Lucina Melesio
Produced by: Lucina Melesio and Aman Azhar Organization: Physics World magazine
Running Time: 6 Minutes 17 Seconds
Country: United States of America Language: English Subtitles: Spanish
Year: 2015

Reclaiming the stars brings a personal story to the Dark Skies Awareness campaign, by following the amateur astronomer Irene Pease as she struggles to find a patch of darkness amid the dazzling lights of New York City. We also meet politicians and campaigners who have helped to bring about new legislation in New York State to curb unnecessary light pollution. Those in favour of the new laws believe that it will alter NYC's nightscape for the better, for example the introduction of shielded light fixtures will create a romantic glow. As with any new law, however, there are still challenges that remain in the implementation.

Living in a world without Light

Director: Thom Hoffman
Produced by: Thom Hoffman Organization: Physics World magazine
Running Time: 8 Minutes 02 Seconds
Country: United Kingdom Language: English Subtitles: Spanish
Year: 2015

Living in a world without light looks at the essential role light plays in regulating our internal body clocks and why your daily dose of sunlight is so important. In recent years the medical community has discovered that people who are blind or visually impaired can still use their eyes to detect the overall amount of light in their environment. This enables them to regulate their internal body clocks in the same way as everybody else. For people who actually have no physical eyes, however, this ability to maintain a regular sleep–wake cycle can be severely compromised. In this film we meet Meredith Plumb, who had her eyes removed after she gradually went blind following a chemistry accident. Plumb has embraced her situation by becoming a person-centred counsellor who offers advice without prejudice.

Vidya Deepa: the lamp of knowledge

Director: Maithili Padukone
Produced by: Maithili Padukone Organization: Physics World magazine
Running Time: 6 Minutes 10 Seconds
Country: India Language: English Subtitles: Spanish
Year: 2015

The simple act of turning on a light to continue studying after sunset is a standard solution for many students around the world. But for the approximately 1.5 billion people who live outside of electricity grids, this is a luxury they do not necessarily have. Instead, many students in the developing world have been forced to use kerosene lanterns that are inefficient, expensive to fuel and a fire hazard, not to mention the toxic fumes they produce that can be lethal.

Fortunately, in recent years an alternative solution has arrived in the form of LED lanterns, which can be far safer and more sustainable. This short film takes you to a small rural community in the Indian state of Karnataka where a school has been issuing students with these LED lights free of charge. The film explores the impacts of these LED lights on the students’ lives, many of whom are the children of farmers, potters and fishermen.

Painting with light

Director: Lucina Melesio
Produced by: Lucina Melesio Organization: Physics World magazine
Running Time: 8 Minutes
Country: United States of America Language: English Subtitles: Spanish
Year: 2015

Painting with light takes you into the darkrooms of New York City to meet the purists who are still practising the art of analogue photography. "We're an endangered species," says Jonathan Rodgers, a 26-year-old who has recently co-founded a community darkroom in the Gowanus neighbourhood of Brooklyn. "I think being an enthusiast of analogue photography, you do have to be a little bit of an activist because there is a push to make everything digital nowadays." Rodgers co-founded the Gowanus darkroom with his partner in response to hearing about various darkroom closures across New York City. Also profiled in the film is Veronica Hodgkinson, who uses a camera-less photography technique to create "chemigrams" – colourful patterns produced by exposing old photographic paper to light in varying chemical and atmospheric conditions. "My father had a darkroom when I was little, so I'm used to the smell of chemistry, so it's a bit of nostalgia for me," she says.

Transforming light

Director: Bombardier Digital
Produced by: Bombardier Digital Organization: Physics World magazine Organization: The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Running Time: 13 Minutes
Country: Mexico Language: Spanish Subtitles: English
Year: 2015

El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is an annual celebration where Mexicans -- and many others around the world -- remember their deceased family and friends. It is a vibrant and colourful time of the year, featuring a diverse mix of arts and crafts such as the orange “flowers of the dead”, and the beautifully decorated models of Catrina the “lady of the dead”. Festivities build up to the big day itself, November 2nd, coinciding with All Souls Day in the Catholic calendar. One of the spiritual elements is the belief that for this one day of the year, your deceased loved ones return to be with you again. Light plays an important role in this as it is believed to help guide the souls from the darkness into the light. In 2015 in Mexico City, the festivities were given a modern twist thanks to a new video-mapping technique used to project light onto traditional structures such as altars and decorative skulls. Transforming Light documents the event, which brought together artists, musicians architects and computer programmers.

  • 16:00 – 17:00 Light Design / Lighting (Room 6)

The Warm Glow of Home (Liter of Light)

Director: Matt James Smith
Produced by: Lintelfilm Organization: Lintelfilm
Running Time: 8 Minutes 48 Seconds
Country: United Kingdom Language: English
Year: 2015

The Warm Glow of Home' is a mini-documentary about the creation of an ambitious light sculpture in Durham Cathedral, England, by light artist Mick Stephenson. The sculpture promotes the work of non-profit organisation MyShelter's 'Liter of Light' project. The film ends by explaining a little about the work the charity does in countries suffering from energy poverty.

A History of CIE and Light

Director: Roop Sagar Produced by: Laure Tamagna and Natasha Boojihawon Organization: CIE (Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage / International Commission on Illumination)
Running Time: 11 Minutes 26 Seconds
Country: United Kingdom Language: English
Year: 2015

The film was commissioned for the 28th Quadrennial Session of CIE, which took place in Manchester during the IYL 2015. It traces the history of light from 70,000BC to present, interwoven - for the last 100 years - with the history of CIE. The timeline features the major milestones in lighting history, against which are set the previous 27 Quadrennial sessions and the associated landmark contributions of CIE to advances in light and lighting.

SuperLux: Timeline of Luminous Structures - Smart Light Cities

Director: Thomas Schielke Produced by: MINDCONSOLE (Benjamin Shepherd) Organization: City of Sydney Customs House
Running Time: 4 Minutes 25 Seconds
Country: Germany

Language: English
Year: 2015

The chronology of notable light architecture spectacles ranges from early civilization to now. Included are the stained glass windows of La Sainte-Chapelle in Paris (1248), the glazed tiles of the Taj Mahal in Agra (1653), and electric lighting of the Wrigley Building in Chicago (1921) and the De Volharding building in The Hague (1928). Recent triumphs using electro-luminescent systems include early compact fluorescent lamps dotting the curved Kunsthaus in Graz (2003), the Green Pix facade in Beijing (2008), and the Bay Lights bridge spectacle in San Francisco (2013). The timeline is part of the exhibition and book „SuperLux“. The „SuperLux: Smart Light Cities“ exhibition was shown at Sydney’s Customs House from 3 September to 17 October 2015.

Making Urban Lightscapes

Director: Eirini Steirou Produced by: Beforelight Light Art Group Organization: Beforelight Light Art Group
Running Time: 8 Minutes 50 Seconds
Country: Greece Language: English
Year: 2015

Urban Lightscapes is a collaborative Εuropean program about urban lighting and how it can change city identity. The project started in November 2013, which was designated as the European Year of Citizens and it concluded in the spring of 2015, the International Year of Light by Unesco. Urban light interventions “Color ex Machina” and “Mosaic”, in two Maastricht neighborhoods have been the culmination of a procedure of creative dialogue, research and experimentation that had as a starting point in a European Symposium in Αthens Onassis Cultural Centre and it continued in Barcelona with an experimentation workshop in IAAC (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia). Urban Lightscapes brought together academics, light artists and professionals, as well as the local communities of three different European cities. The video captures and sums up the project and its goals, with a backstage glimpse to its journey through three different cities.

Between Silence & Light

Director: OJJO.tv Produced by: Asociación Profesional de Diseñadores de Iluminación (APDI) Organization: Asociación Profesional de Diseñadores de Iluminación (APDI)
Running Time: 4 Minutes 38 Seconds
Country: Spain Language: English
Year: 2015

Barcelona lived a magical evening with the installation of the Michela Mezzavilla lighting designer. The warm light of hundreds of candles lit the streets of Barri Gòtic in a journey that began at the College of architects of Barcelona, followed by citizens carrying a candle in their hands, until the Plaza de Sant Felip Neri.

Conversations with lighting designers

Director: Jean Marc Gresta Produced by: Vincent Laganier Organization: Philips Lighting
Running Time: 18 Minutes 13 Seconds
Country: France Language: English
Year: 2015

This is a five-part series sponsored by Philips Lighting featuring lighting designers discussing topics based on the International Year of Light 2015: Nature, Culture, Science, Technology and Education. The video series include interviews with renowned lighting designers: Raoul Hesse, Florence Lam, Juliette Nielsen, Marinella Patteta and Martin Valentine.

Light Without Borders

Director: Tiia Pulkkinen
Produced by: Kari Kola Organization: Kari Kola / Valoparta ltd / Traakkino Projection
Running Time: 3 Minutes 30 Seconds
Country: Finland Language: English
Year: 2015

Light Without Borders brings together images of light artist Kari Kola's light installations. Light is an essential part of our everyday lives, but it can also be a powerful way to affect the world and give experiences. It gives us a lot more than just light. Light is not just technology. Light is emotions.

  • 18:00 – 19:30 Ano-Luz (Light-Year) (Room 5)

Ano-Luz (Light-Year)

Director: Felipe Carreli
Produced by: GalileoMobile Organization: GalileoMobile
Running Time: 83 Minutes 56 Seconds
Country: Brazil Language: Spanish / Portuguese Subtitles: English
Year: 2015

This film follows GalileoMobile's expedition to northern Bolivia and Brazil where the project performed astronomy activities preceding the celebration of the International Year of Light. GalileoMobile is a purely non-profit initiative run by astronomers, educators, and science communicators. It is a traveling science education programme that brings astronomy closer to young people around the world, and mainly across regions that have little or no access to outreach actions. By organizing astronomy-related activities in schools and villages, the group aim at fostering a will of learning through the exciting wonders of our Universe. Along the way we met several people with different cosmological interpretations. The documentary aims to portray the encounter of these different views and to reflect on the significance of the knowledge on cosmological phenomenology. Similarly, we seek the presence of light through its beautiful manifestation.

Thursday 4 February

  • 9:30 – 10:30 Cinema / Music (Room 6)

Step into the Light

Director: Jérôme Musiani
Produced by: École Polytechnique – IZEST / Gérard Mourou Organization: École Polytechnique - IZEST
Running Time: 3 Minutes 41 Seconds
Country: France Language: English
Year: 2015 Step into the Light is an original composition urging the citizens of the world to step up and help to spread the message about the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society. The song combines a number of different styles from around the world to create a unique and original anthem for the year.

Rainbow of Light anthem

Director: Tom Grimshaw
Produced by: Linda Lamon
Running Time: 2 Minutes 58 Seconds
Country: United Kingdom Language: English
Year: 2015

Rainbow of Light anthem, written by UK composer Linda Lamon and performed by Greek Cypriot soprano Katerina Mina, is a song that celebrates light in the Universe. The International Year of Light has been perfect project for the piece to be shared and enjoyed globally. Inspired by the science, astronomy and arts festival Starmus, the lyrics pose the question as to whether the light in the spectrum of the rainbow could provide an answer to the questions humanity is still asking: "Where are we from and where are we going?" (Could the answer be in the rainbow?)

Light Years

Director: Wesley Shrum and Gregory Scott
Produced by: Wesley Shrum and Gregory Scott Organization: Louisiana State University / DePaul University
Running Time: 5 Minutes
Country: United States of America Language: English
Year: 2015

Since the beginning of modern cinema, viewers and critics alike have been transfixed by light contrasted with darkness. This interplay of light and dark was typical of film noir, a metaphor of good and evil in plots that featured crime, detectives, and mystery. We celebrate this genre through a salute to Augustin-Jean Fresnel, the inventor of a lens for lighthouses that was later used for movie and theatre lighting. Light Years features serial murder and a star-studded group of suspects over a half-century of film. Whodunnit? Ultimately, we learn that the Fatal Fresnel Lens has incinerated five cameras that recorded their own demise.

C'è Luce

Director: Domenico Raimondi
Produced by: Andare oltre si può Organization: Andare oltre si può
Running Time: 5 Minutes 10 Seconds
Country: Italy
Year: 2015

Andare oltre si può (AOSP) is an association promoting the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. This music video is part of the project dedicated to light by AOSP to celebrate IYL 2015 and is sponsored by UNESCO - IYL 2015, Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri Italia, MiBACT; Regione Toscana, Provincia di Lucca, Comune di Lucca, Comune di Capannori, Coordown, Special Olympics Italia.

The White Across The Blue In Time Of Light

Director: PJ Moore
Produced by: PJ Moore Organization: University of Aberdeen, Department of Music
Running Time: 4 Minutes 51 Seconds
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2015

Video clip of music and supporting images from In Time Of Light, a proposed 'electronic oratorio' for James Clerk Maxwell, previewed at University of Aberdeen May Festival on 31 May 2015.

Shine

Director: Ahmed Salim
Produced by: Ahmed Salim Organization: 1001 Inventions
Running Time: 3 Minutes 34 Seconds
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2015

‘Shine’ is a dedication to the legacy of the 11th century scientist Ibn Al-Haytham. ‘Shine' features on Sami Yusuf’s music score for Ahmed Salim's short film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” starring Omar Sharif, his final lead performance before his death in July 2015. 'Shine' supports a global Ibn Al-Haytham awareness campaign from 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO that is part of United Nations proclaimed 'International Year of Light'.

Faro de Estrellas

Director: Mattia Candian
Produced by: JALISSE by Enterprise8
Organization: JALISSE by Enterprise8
Running Time: 4 Minutes 30 Seconds
Country: Italy
Year: 2015

The lyrics of “Faro de Estrellas” written by Sandra von Borries in Spanish, has won the musical literary competition Light Song Contest which was open to songwriters and poets who are inspired by light in all It's contexts, poetic, literal, technological, spiritual and scientific, for the International Year of Light 2015 sponsored by UNESCO. The Italian duo Jalisse has composed and arranged the music for the winning lyrics.

Blackout

Director: Michela Florinda Picardi
Produced by: OSA Naples Student Chapter Organization: Physics and Optics Naples Young Students (PONYS)
Running Time: 11 Minutes 57 Seconds
Country: Italy
Year: 2015

Imagine. Imagine your life without light and all light based technologies. That’s Blackout, a short movie telling the story of an ordinary day of an ordinary man that wakes up, goes to work, has an appointment with the doctor, goes to the movies, etcetera. He is happy, for the party he has been to the night before, but then… everything that is related to light and its technological application starts to disappear, step by step, forcing the main character to forgo it trying not to go crazy. His happiness is transformed into anguish and anxiety. This short movie has been realized to celebrate the International Year of Light (IYL 2015), aiming to show everyone how research on light based technologies changed our lives, from telecommunications, to medicine, entertainment, and so on.

  • 11:30 – 13:45 Deconstructing Light (Room 6)

Deconstruyendo la Luz – Deconstructing Light

Director: Emilio José García Gómez-Caro
Produced by: Emilio José García Gómez-Caro y Pablo Bullejos Organization: Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC)
Running Time: 125 Minutes
Country: Spain Language: Spanish Subtitles: English
Year: 2015

The IAA-CSIC celebrates the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 with this audio-visual project covering different aspects of astrophysics and space science. The series include the following videos:

DECLUZ I – Manual de Misiones Espaciales en Cinco Fases

DECLUZII – Agujeros Negros: ¿Hablan de lo mismo un astrofísico y un físico teórico?

DECLUZ III - CARMENES: Planetas en la Lejanía

DECLUZ IV – Explosiones en el Cielo

DECLUZ V – Marte y el Misterio del Metano

DECLUZ VI – Cartografiando lo Imposible

DECLUZ VII – El Cielo sobre nuestras Cabezas

DECLUZ VIII - CALIFA: El Pasado de las Galaxias

DECLUZ IX – Sol Magnético, Magnético Sol

  • 16:00 – 17:00 Discover the Power of Photonics! (Room 6)

LIGHT2015 Lighting the Future

Produced by: National University of Galway / LIGHT2015 Organization: LIGHT2015
Running Time: 4 Minutes 38 Seconds
Country: European Production Language: English
Year: 2015

The video aims to encourage venture capitalists and industry who have not yet invested in Photonics innovation to do so, given the proven track record, impact and economic potential outlined in this production and elsewhere. We hope to inspire everyone about the opportunities for business and growth through the disruptive technologies that Photonics has produced and will continue to into the future. The 21st century is going to be the Era of Photonics, we look forward eagerly and ask you to help shape that future. LIGHT2015 is a high impact outreach and education project from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to promote the importance of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public in Europe during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015.

GoPhoton The Power of Photonics!

Director: ICFO-Institute of Photonics Sciences
Produced by: Digivision Organization: ICFO-Institute of Photonics Sciences / GoPhoton!
Running Time: 2 Minutes 42 Seconds
Country: Spain Language: English
Year: 2015

This video was develop on the occasion of the opening of the Barcelona's light festival LlumBCN and the start of activities in Barcelona of the IYL 2015. Since this event had the participation of industry, financial, political and academic stakeholders, ICFO wanted to offer a short but compelling video about the impact and power of photonics, as well as its potential.

The Stolen Cup - Photonics Detectives

Director: David Perez Rosello, Celia Arnau Garcia, Andreas Ehrhardt and Nadja Just
Produced by: Hampa Studio Organization: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum der Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH / Photonics4ALL
Running Time: 1 Minutes 32 Seconds
Country: Germany Language: English
Year: 2015

This animated short-video tells the story of Max, a very smart girl, as she looks for her missing science cup that she received for winning the first place of the science contest. She will use the power of photonics to solve the mistery. This video has been developed in the frame of the project Photonics4All funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Illuminated Human Towers - GoPhoton! IYL 2015

Director: ICFO-Institute of Photonics Sciences
Produced by: Digivision Organization: ICFO-Institute of Photonics Sciences / GoPhoton!
Running Time: 9 Minutes 12 Seconds
Country: Spain Language: Spanish
Year: 2015

In celebration of the IYL2015, ICFO-Institute of Photonics Sciences developed this video of the opening of Barcelona's light festival LlumBCN, in which the traditional Catalan human towers where turned into light towers in front of several thousands of people that gathered in the centre of the city to witness such a happening.

LIGHT2015 Careers in Photonics

Produced by: Politecnico di Milano / LIGHT2015 Organization: LIGHT2015
Running Time: 4 Minutes 42 Seconds
Country: European Production Subtitles: English
Year: 2015

The video promotes the importance of photonics in careers, with short explanations by scientists, entrepreneurs and professionals working in photonics. The aim of the video is to encourage young students, especially women, to pursue careers in photonics, making the career choice attractive to students seeking challenges and the possibility for future development and to provide inspiration to look at photonics as a career to follow. LIGHT2015 is a high impact outreach and education project from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to promote the importance of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public in Europe during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015.

Brussels - City of Light

Director: Patrice Goldberg / Véronique Neczyporenko
Produced by: Matière Grise
Running Time: 26 Minutes
Country: Belgium Language: French Subtitles: English
Year: 2013

Belgian researchers, both in the academic and private sector, can boast bright ideas... and for good reasons since they are world leaders in the field of photonics: the science of light! A science that will quickly revolutionize the industry ... and our consumption patterns. Just take a look at the extraordinary work in Belgian laboratories!

  • 18:00 – 19:00 The Singular Tale of Einstein and the General Relativity (Room 5)

The Singular Tale of Einstein and the General Relativity

Director: Quentin Lazarotto
Produced by: Vincent Gaullier and Mathilde Rennard Organization: Look at Sciences
Running Time: 52 Minutes 43 Seconds
Country: France Language: English
Year: 2015

Beyond the typical scientific documentary, The singular tale of Einstein and General relativity is a profoundly human story which unfolds along a journey through space and time. It is also the account of a man who doubted all his life about his own theory and died without knowing he was right.

  • 18:00 – 19:00 The Physics of Light

The Physics of Light

Director: Si Joon Kim, Hyung Joon Kim
Produced by: Korea Educational Broadcasting System
Running Time: 52 Minutes
Country: South Korea Language: English
Year: 2014

Throughout ancient history, light was worshipped as the holy giver of all life. Yet, many an inquisitive mind sought to bring light down from its sacred pedestal and reveal its true nature through science. In this six-part documentary, we will embark on a scientific odyssey in pursuit of light. We will tell the story of those brilliant scientists who little by little unveiled the amazing secrets of light, and through their story, and through easy-to-understand examples, we will attempt to understand the incredible theories about light which have brought us closer to answering the most basic questions about how the universe works.

Friday 5 February

  • 09:30 – 10:30 IYL 2015 Animated Short Films

Bright Scientists

Director: Lucia Marchetti, Sas Misa Amoah and Damn Fine Media
Produced by: Lucia Marchetti, Sas Misa Amoah and Damn Fine Media Organization: The Open University
Running Time: 4 Minutes 29 Seconds
Country: United Kingdom Language: Spanish
Year: 2015

2015 coincides with the anniversaries of a series of milestones in the history of the science of light that are celebrated during the year: 1000 years of “The book Of Optics” by Ibn Al Haytham (1015), 200 years of the Wavelength’s Theory of Light by Fresnel (1815), 150 years of the Electromagnetic Theory of Light by Maxwell (1865), 100 years of General Relativity by Einstein (1915), 60 years of the discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background by Penzias & Wilson and the implementation of Fibre Optics in communication by Charles Kao (1965). All these scientists have changed the world with their revolutionary ideas and the Open University is proud to present them in a way that you have never seen before.

Shedding Light on the Situation

Director: Scriberia
Produced by: Oxford Sparks Organization: University of Oxford: Oxford Sparks
Running Time: 2 Minutes 45 Seconds
Country: United Kingdom Language: English
Year: 2015

Light is more than just light bulbs and sunshine! Researchers at the University of Oxford use different types of light to learn more about all sorts of interesting things. To celebrate the International Year of Light we have taken a tiny handful of examples from across the University of Oxford to show just some of the ways light helps us see the world around us.

Light as Heritage: The Binding Force Universal Pacifier

Director: Gustavo Avilés / LIGHTEAM
Produced by: Nequix Diseño, Osvaldo Arriaga (L.D.G.) and Joel Alonso (L.D.G.) Organization: LIGHTEAM Gustavo Avilés S.C
Running Time: 6 Minutes 10 Seconds
Country: Mexico
Year: 2015

This video is an account of light as human legacy. This idea is sustained by the continuous flow of arguments throughout time, both rational and intuitive, that try to elucidate on the mystery of light’s true essence. It reflects on how light has influenced us throughout history, guiding our quest for knowledge, configuring our cities, inspiring our artistic expression, and shaping the spiritual and emotional fabric of our civilizations. Using the image of the sun as the original light source, this video reaches back into ancient forms of knowledge that recognized the power of light as the binding force of all civilizations. In this much need time when the never ending updating of technology and the over rational dominance of knowledge and language have isolated us from our environment and from each other, light can still brings us together, acting as a true universal pacifier.

James Clerk Maxwell - What's the go o' that?

Director: Derek Shirlaw
Produced by: Derek Shirlaw Organization: Glasgow Science Centre
Running Time: 2 Minutes 34 Seconds
Country: United Kingdom Language: English
Year: 2015

A short animated video on the Scottish-born scientist, James Clerk Maxwell who paved the way for our understanding of electromagnetism that led to the technology that surrounds our modern world. His contribution to science and our lifestyles, and his attributes and skills as a scientist, provide inspiration to future generations - even Einstein thought of Maxwell as a genius!

Einstein100

Director: Jamie Lochhead
Produced by: Windfall Films / Jamie Lochhead Organization: Science & Technology Facilities Council
Running Time: 3 Minutes 05 Seconds
Country: Switzerland Language: English
Year: 2015

A short film celebrating the centennial of Einstein's theory of General Relativity.

Shedding light on the Photon

Director: Marta Palazzo, Lorenza Latrofa / Coordinator: Maria Teresa Fulco
Produced by: INAF-Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory in collaboration with La Testuggine Organization: INAF-Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory
Running Time: 6 Minutes 56 Seconds
Country: Italy Language: English
Year: 2015

Shedding light on the Photon is an educational short movie about light and the photons. In this video is explained in a simple and winning way some properties of the light through its components: the photons. They are represented as nice little particles that carry different energies but all run at the speed of 300.000 Km/sec. For example, their energy depends from the physical properties of the stars. According to their energy, some photons can reach our Earth and are captured by ground telescopes, others cannot get through the earth's atmosphere but can be captured by space telescopes. Photons are the only information coming from space that astronomers can observe, analyze and study. So, have fun with Mr Photon!!"

  • 11:30 – 13:15 SkyLight - a Global Science Opera

SkyLight - a Global Science Opera

Director: Oded Ben-Horin
Produced by: Oded Ben-Horin, Petros Stergiopoulos, Costas Mylonas Organization: Stord/Haugesund University College
Running Time: 105 Minutes
Country: Norway / International Production Language: English
Year: 2015

The film depicts the premier performance of the first Global Science Opera, "SkyLight", which was written and performed together by a global community of children, teachers, scientists and artists in 30 countries around the world during IYL 2015. Joao’s passion is everything going on in the sky. He gets a book from his father about the sky and the universe. Joao moves with his father from a Portuguese village to New York, where he cannot see the sky and stars because of the light pollution. He is sad to leave behind his friend, the Firefly. On the way, in the plane, he is surprised to discover the Firefly is with them. During his discussion with the Firefly on the plane, he shares his feelings about the sky, and the firefly helps him understand that we are losing contact with the beauty of the universe due to light pollution. They decide to safe-keep their memories and heritage on the Moon, with the help of Lunar Mission One.

  • 16:00 – 17:00 Photonics (Room 6)

Photonics is Everywhere! Director: Carlos Lee
Produced by: EPIC - European Photonics Industry Consortium Organization: EPIC - European Photonics Industry Consortium
Running Time: 7 Minutes 20 Seconds
Country: France Language: English Subtitles: Spanish
Year: 2014

Photonics technologies are amazing, fascinating, and you find them everywhere: in communication, entertainment, medical, manufacturing, automotive, energy, lighting, agriculture, photovoltaic, security, art, … Whether you are looking for a new career, a student that needs to make a choice for your studies, if you are a financial investor or a politician that influences policies, think PHOTONICS!

Year of Light 2015 on land and sea Director: Jonathan Lavery and Paul O'Mahony
Produced by: Paul O'Mahony Organization: Concern Worldwide
Running Time: 3 Minutes 47 Seconds
Country: Ireland Language: English
Year: 2014

2015 is the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (#IYL 2015). Concern Worldwide and the Commissioners for Irish Lights have linked up to highlight the importance of solar light to their respective areas of operations; Concern in remote areas and after disasters when there is no electricity available and Irish Lights in its suite of aids to navigation (e.g. lighthouses and smart buoys) at sea and on coastlines. These are circumstances where lives are dependent on the use of light and, in particular, light-based technologies like solar energy.

PRPI: iluminando la educación

Director: René Pedrosa and María Falcón
Produced by: María Falcón / GeoAmbiente del Caribe, Inc Organization: Puerto Rico Photonics Insitute (PRPI) - School of Environmental Affairs of the Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) - Ana G. Méndez University System.
Running Time: 7 Minutes 53 Seconds
Country: Puerto Rico Language: Spanish
Year: 2015

To celebrate the 2015 International Year of Light and Light based Technologies, the purpose of this video is to present an overview of the vital role photonics has in our everyday life. This short educational video is part of PRPI's (Puerto Rico Photonics Institute) efforts to promote photonics education and research in Puerto Rico.

Unturned Stones Director: Taran Singh
Produced by: Taran Singh Organization: Lasing Films LLC
Running Time: 15 Minutes (+ 20 Minutes Q&A session with Director)
Country: United States of America Language: English
Year: 2015

Charles Townes sought to understand our universe and ended up revolutionizing it. His invention of the laser in 1958 gave mankind controlled light and changed the course of civilization. He later worked on the Apollo moon landings and discovered the first polyatomic molecules in space and the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Unturned Stones is an examination of Charles the scientist and family man—his wife of 73 years Frances gave him happiness and we see images of their devoted bond. They also shared a deep spirituality and Charles felt that science and religion are complementary modes of understanding our universe and will be united in the long-run because they are both authored by the same human mind. The film asks big questions—Why are we here? Where are we going? and shows that the universe and life on Earth are special and rare, and our growing knowledge is presenting us with increasingly moral decisions. The film will be followed with a Q&A session with the director.

  • 18:00 – 20:00 Ibn Al-Haytham & Einstein (Room 5)

1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham

Director: Ahmed Salim
Produced by: Ahmed Salim Organization: 1001 Inventions
Running Time: 14 Minutes
Country: United Kingdom Language: English Subtitles: Spanish
Year: 2015

The fascinating story of a brave young scientist from 11th century Arabia. Ibn Al-Haytham embarks upon a quest to uncover ancient mysteries that would change our world forever. A journey of science from darkness into light. The film is part of an Ibn Al-Haytham global campaign by 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO that includes exhibits, books, live shows and learning materials.

Einstein's Light

Director: Nickolas Barris
Produced by: Imaginary Films / Nickolas Barris Organization: Einstein's Light Documentary Development B.V.
Running Time: 108 Minutes
Country: The Netherlands Language: English
Year: 2015

Einstein's Light is a documentary film that explores how scientific imagination and innovation advance knowledge frontiers with Dr. Albert Einstein and Dutch Nobel Laureate Dr. Hendrik Lorentz as models. It illuminates Einstein's quest to realize his General Theory of Relativity from his miracle year in 1905 to its finalization amidst the horrors of World War I. Einstein's use of the properties of light to guide his creative path is a major theme. The symbiotic relationship of music and science is also a major element as Einstein is the greatest example of its efficacy. Grammy award winning violinist Joshua Bell performs the violin on the film's score.