Press Release 035/2019

First International AI Science Film Festival at KIT

About Potentials and Drawbacks: On the Occasion of the Science Year 2019 – Artificial Intelligence, KIT Looks for Films on AI – Submission Deadline March 31, 2019
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KIT looks for films relating to AI, no matter whether they are short or long, documentary, essayistic or fictional. (Figure: KIT)

On the occasion of the Science Year 2019 – Artificial Intelligence, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will organize the International KI Science Film Festival from July 3 to 5, 2019. Film makers from all over the world are invited to submit their documentary, essayistic or fictional films on artificial intelligence (KI in German). Awards in the amount of EUR 3000 and EUR 2000 will be given to the best long film and short film, respectively. The submission deadline is March 31, 2019.


Artificial intelligence (AI or KI in German) is considered a key technology: many see it as a promise that makes our lives better and easier, in the health or mobility sectors, for instance. Others warn of the dangers and paint negative scenarios of a society in which people increasingly lose control. To address these different emotions and conceptions, to reflect them, and to critically analyze them, films are suited better than any other medium.


The ZAK I Centre for Cultural and General Studies that organizes the festival together with the Corporate Communications Group of KIT invites film makers and scientists from all over the world to submit documentary, essayistic, and fictional films on artificial intelligence by March 31, 2019. The competition is aimed at increasing the interested public’s awareness of AI and at initiating an open debate about its potentials and possible drawbacks.


Twelve Films in the Final on July 3 and 4, 2019

An expert jury consisting of film artists, researchers, and critics will screen the films submitted and select twelve finalists. The films will be presented on Wednesday, July 3, and Thursday, July 4, 2019, as part of the KI Science Film Festival in Karlsruhe. The awards ceremony will then take place on Friday, July 5, 2019, on the main stage of the EFFEKTE Science Festival in Karlsruhe. Here, the best long film and the best short film will receive the KI Science Film Award in the amount of EUR 3000 and EUR 2000, respectively. In addition, an audience award and three honorable mentions for the best young talent, the best artistic film, and the best sociocritical contribution will be granted.


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KIT is partner in the Science Year 2019 – Artificial Intelligence:  (in German only)


Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,800 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

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