Seven quantum-inspired films shortlisted

Judges and a public vote will now decide prizes in the Quantum Shorts 2014 film competition
27 February 2015

Seven films have made the shortlist in the Quantum Shorts 2014 film competition, organised by the Centre for Quantum Technologies with media partners Scientific American and Nature.

The competition called for films that draw inspiration from quantum physics, with this request: “Send us romantic dramas, thrillers, adventures or artistic visions, but please, no explainers.” The shortlisted films weave concepts from quantum physics into human stories and works of art.


CQT organises the competition under its outreach programme, with the goal of encouraging creative engagement with concepts in physics. We hope that making and watching these movies will inspire people to learn more about quantum physics and quantum technologies. We also hope to make people think about the impacts of research in this field. The competition has run annually since 2012, alternating between film and fiction.

Congratulations to the following films on making this year's shortlist:

There are prizes for a winner, runner up and the film that collects the most votes in a public poll. The poll is open until 23:59 EST on Tuesday 10 March.

The winner and runner up will be decided by a panel of judges from the science and art worlds:

  • Ben Bowie, twice-Emmy-nominated director and executive producer
  • Mariette DiChristina, Editor in Chief of Scientific American
  • Artur Ekert, Director of the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore
  • Honor Harger, Executive Director of Singapore's ArtScience Museum
  • Ariane Koek, Director and creator of Arts at CERN programmes
  • Charlotte Stoddart, Head of Multimedia at Nature