Science Film Festival Shines Bright in the International Year of Light

On Friday, November 13, the opening ceremony of the Science Film Festival in Indonesia took place at Plaza Insan Berprestasi, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia. The Minister of Culture and Primary & Secondary Education Anies Baswedan, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Indonesia Dr. Georg Witschel, and the Regional Director of the Goethe-Institut Southeast Asia, Australia & New Zealand Dr. Heinrich Blömeke, presided over the event. The Science Film Festival is organised by the Goethe-Institut in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East and this year, as part of the celebrations of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015), the Festival invited audiences to discover the different roles light and its applications play in our everyday lives and what it reveals about the nature of the universe.


Reaching over 600,000 visitors in 13 countries annually it is the largest event of its kind worldwide in terms of audience reach. In 2015, the educational film festival is a Collaborating Partner of the IYL 2015 with a selection of over 50 films and television programmes from around the world on light and light-based technologies, as well as general science and technology topics aimed at a young audience and dubbed into local languages. The festival takes place internationally between October 01 and December 20 in: Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Indonesia, Jordan, Lao P.D.R., Malaysia, Myanmar, Palestine, the Philippines, Sudan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.


For more information on the event and screenings in the respective countries visit the Science Film Festival website

About The Science Film Festival

The Science Film Festival, initiated by the Goethe-Institut Thailand in 2005, is a celebration of science communication and enjoys a unique position in Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East: In cooperation with local partners it promote science literacy and facilitates awareness of contemporary scientific, technological and environmental issues through the medium of film and television content. It presents films that explain scientific issues accessibly and entertainingly to a broad audience. The festival selection demonstrates that science can be communicated in an educational, as well as entertaining manner through audio-visual media. The festival has grown considerably, meanwhile becoming the largest event of its kind worldwide in terms of audience reach with 580,000 visitors in 13 countries in 2014.

By facilitating cooperation between local and international agencies from the scientific, cultural, educational and environmental sector, with the generous support of the international film and television community, an effective infrastructure can be put into place for the dissemination of scientific understanding and access to knowledge. In addition, the festival offers a platform for intercultural exchange through which different media approaches to the world of knowledge converge. During the festival period, the films are screened non-commercially in museums, schools, universities and other educational venues through coordinated efforts of partners with existing networks and the capabilities to organize such screenings.

About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.  With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.  The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the International Network, 1001 Inventions, The Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). 

Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.


Andreas Klempin
Science & Media Project Manager
Science Film Festival

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015