The Science Film Festival (SFF) s dedicated to science communication and, in 2021, took place for the 3rd time in Brazil, with Midiativa and Goethe-Institut realization. The Festival takes place annually in Southeast and South Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East countries. Its activities involve promoting science education, facilitating awareness of contemporary scientific, technological, and environmental issues. All this is done through special screenings, featuring international films and also educational activities available free of charge to teachers, educators and cultural mediators from all over Brazil. The event has grown in scale since its first edition (2005), and today is the largest Festival of its kind in the world.
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In 2020, the Science Film Festival reached over 800,000 viewers in 28 countries from October 1st to December 20th. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many screenings were held virtually with over 200,000 views online. The Science Film Festival focused on the Sustainable Development Goals in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme and featured 92 films as the official selection in 2020.
In 2021, the Science Film Festival took place internationally from October 1st to December 20th and invited the viewer to enjoy the best of international science communication. In view of the context and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, health and mental well-being are more important than ever. This is why bringing these issues to the fore, especially at this time, is so important and why the Science Film Festival directed its focus to physical and mental health in 2021.
The SFF Brazil 2021 was realized by Midiativa, Goethe-Institut and was sponsored with funds from the International Aid Fund for Cultural and Educational Organizations 2021 of the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany: www.goethe.de/hilfsfonds