(QuantumCity.org.uk) The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, scientific partner of the Quantum Shorts festival, recently announced the top ten shortlisted quantum-inspired films. The finalists include quantum detectives, love stories and science-inspired comedy spanning a range of styles and genres, from fascinating sci-fi visions to absurdist takes on the multiverse. Entries came from all over the world, with finalists from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.. The festival is organised by the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore, with media partners Nature and Scientific American and an international network of scientific partners and screening partners.
“Weirdly compelling,” was one judge’s comment. “A very adventurous concept,” said another. “Creative and funny,” came a third verdict. All shortlisted filmmakers have bagged a $250 prize and a one-year digital subscription to Scientific American.
The film ‘shorts’ are five minutes long. The top three can be viewed by clicking here.
The 10 shortlisted films in alphabetical order are:
10-57: In this short by Daniel Baig, a police officer responds to an emergency call only to find himself caught in a quantum dilemma.
Atoms searching for immateriality: Anne-Marie Bouchard’s film shines a spotlight on photoluminescent nanoparticles, displaying their starlike nature.
Gluon Free: Chris Willoughby directed, wrote and produced this absurdist exploration of the multiverse.
Heads or Tails: A noir-ish take on a Schrödinger’s cat situation, by director Lin Tianyun and screenwriter Chen Peishan.
If the World Spinned Backwards: Writers Leonardo Martinelli and Arthur Valverde imagine how quantum theory’s independence of time would change the human experience.
Knock Knock: Grace Lambert and Noemi Gunea share the writing, producing, acting and directing credits on this comedic take on the threat of black holes.
LEGIO VIII QUANTAE. “The quantum resurgence after the fall of Silicon Valley”: A sci-fi vision of quantum technology’s legacy, directed by Andrea Rodriguez Blanco.
QED: A Nobel prize-winning theory inspired Chetan V. Kotabage’s film about a lost opportunity.
Slide!: A detective, a serial killer and a parallel universe provide the framework for Tay Li Guo’s quantum thriller.
Under My Bed: Paco Freire wrote and directed this pithy horror-style take on quantum superposition.