21 October 2015   


Students conduct the Lava Lamp experiment as part of the parallel activities held watching two films about light and light-based technologies during the opening day of the 2015 Science Film Festival. 

Capitalizing on film as a powerful science communication and education tool, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) launched Indie-Siyensya, a filmmaking competition on science and research. 

The project was launched during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Science Film Festival (SFF) held on 21 October at DOST in Taguig City. The competition is a first of its kind, focusing on communicating scientific concepts and highlighting the significance of research. The project hopes to spark creativity and build a culture of science among the youth.

SEI Director, Dr. Josette Biyo, referred to film as a powerful platform in both education and entertainment that could help learning of science and mathematics more effective.

“As science and mathematics involve complex topics, film is very helpful in bridging these topics to the learners,” Biyo said in her message delivered by SEI Deputy Director Maria Teresa De Guzman. “This is proven true each year as DOST-SEI co-organizes the Science Film Festival.”


Organizers of the 2015 Science Film Festival led by Goethe Institut, DOST-SEI, Deped, and many others pose for a photo after the opening ceremony held at the Philippine Science Heritage Center at DOST in Taguig City.

The SFF kicked-off its 6th year in the country before more than 100 students and teachers from public high schools in Taguig City. It is primarily organized by Goethe-Institut Philippines in partnership with DOST, the Department of Education and many others.

Forty-four science films from around the world will be featured in free screenings in schools, universities, museums, and other educational centers in the country starting October 19. All the carefully selected films are significant to the theme, “Light”, which is in accordance with the United Nation’s “International Year of Light” celebration.

The Philippines gathered a record total 103,945 viewers in last year’s SFF, second to Thailand and ahead of several participating countries from Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.


Dr. Ulrich Nowak, new Executive Director of Goethe Institute Philippines, thanked its partners for making the 6th edition of the Science Film Festival in the country possible.

Aside from film screenings, viewers will also participate in parallel activities or experiments that aim to reinforce the learning of science concepts from the films. Respectable educators from participating countries developed the learning modules for the parallel activities.

“We believe that the SFF will continue to impact the public especially our youth,” added Biyo.“We are confident that the films as well as the side experiments will give our participants a complete and effective science ‘edutainment’ experience.”


SEI Deputy Director, Maria Teresa De Guzman, introduced the Institute’s new project called “Indie-Siyensya”, a science filmmaking competition for individuals and groups of three during the 2015 Science Film Festival kickoff.

Meanwhile, Biyo sought support from the schools and other stakeholders in promoting the Indie-Siyensya competition. 

The competition is open to individuals or groups of three with an age range of 16 to 21 years old. Film entries, which could either be short film, documentary, or animation, should be based on scientific facts or processes related to the theme “Spectrum: Capturing the Colors of Science” and should run from a minimum of five to 10 minutes at most. 

Film entries will be judged in terms of content, technical excellence, and creativity. Cash prizes will be given to the top three entries.

The deadline for submission of entries is on January 31, 2016. A film exhibition will be conducted on March 14-17 while the winners will be awarded on March 18, 2016.

“We pledge our support to the Science Film Festival and our untiring commitment to bring science and technology closer to Filipinos through Indie-Siyensya as we move to inspire a culture of science in the whole archipelago,” Biyo disclosed. (30)