Industry 4Science plays a crucial role at AFO since 2013. Within Industry 4Science, Czech experts and world leaders in science popularization focus on how to communicate science in the most entertaining and attractive way. The programme section systematically addresses not only new technological trends, inventions in documentary narrative or new media tendencies, but also the role of scientific popularizers and their methods of science communication. Our goal is to create a platform for sharing experiences, enhancing the interaction of science and the audiovisual industry, enforcing science as an important social theme, and last but not least, raising awareness of the potential of science and television formats for entertainment and communicating science to the public.
Camp 4Science is a unique training event for filmmakers focusing on science communication through scientific and factual documentaries. Selected participants will have the opportunity to work and improve their film projects under the supervision of experienced international mentors. The entire program takes place in English and this year in online form.
Scientific-themed documents use a specific style of narration, which often involves the presence of a presenter (so-called “guest”) or various types of animation. Thanks to these means of narration, filmmakers are able to explain complex scientific phenomena. The scientific document also requires a special approach in terms of the film’s own production, funding and research on the issues it examines. Within the Camp, participants focus on creating a unique story, visual style, film techniques, themes, production and distribution strategies. They will also examine the specifics of the international film market, thematic television slots, alternative financial sources and distribution platforms. At the same time, they will have a unique chance to expand their network of contacts from the field of science and the film industry.
INDUSTRY 4SCIENCE CONFERENCE
Academia Film Olomouc presented its first 4SCIENCE CONFERENCE, the theme was “Representation of History”. This two-day event brought together experts from the film and television industries with leading scientists from various fields. The guests debated about the narratives that make up our ideas about the world, the scientific knowledge that changes our view of the past and therefore the present, and the innovative approaches of the film medium that convey these scientific shifts to the public.
During the conference, participants met with filmmakers, festival programmers, representatives of the television program sections, film producers and distributors. They shared their knowledge and experience with projects designed not only for TV, but also Internet platforms such as YouTube, VR and interactive media. The 4SCIENCE CONFERENCE offered participation in inspiring lectures, panel discussions, lessons based on case studies or workshops.
Our ambition is to build on the successes of this format in future years in a live form, to open new dialogues and thus create an international platform for sharing ideas and establishing cooperation.