Directed by Cristina Costantini & Darren Foster
90 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
Presented in English, with some Portuguese and German with English subtitles
Recommended for ages 10+
Post-film discussion featuring competing students, coordinated by Jody Oostema, Program Manager, Utah Science and Engineering Fair.
Every year, over 1,700 students from 75 countries compete in the annual International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a highly competitive showcase of the world’s top young scientific minds. Selected from millions of students who qualified through sanctioned events to reach the international competition, these finalists are competing for the coveted top prize that, as one previous winner explains, “will change your life in ways you won’t even comprehend.”
Science Fair follows one mentor and nine students from around the world as they prepare their projects and team for the 2017 ISEF event in Los Angeles. Though all are participating for the love of science, we also learn that there are other underlying influences motivating them to pursue their dreams of participating in the competition. Featuring interviews with the charming young scientists, their parents and mentors, as well as past ISEF winners, this absorbing film illuminates a group of amazing young men and women who are on a path to change the world through science.
Winner: Festival Favorite Award–2018 Sundance Film Festival, Festival Favorites–2018 SXSW Film Festival; Official Selection–2018 Tumbleweeds Film Festival
Science Fair premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the KIDS section, a program curated in collaboration with Utah Film Center.
Part of the Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children & Youth year-round free programming and
Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre. With major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.