Geneva, 6 March 2012. CERN1 will be hosting the CinéGlobe international film festival from 27 March to 1 April. This 3rd edition will see 55 short films "inspired by science" in competition, including fictional pieces as well as documentaries. Selected from a long list of 1,400 short films from 107 countries, all the entrants have one thing in common - telling stories inspired by science and technology. The theme of this year's festival is "Infinitely interconnected", casting the spotlight on how interconnected the modern world has become.
CERN is the ideal location for such an event. As a world centre for fundamental research, CERN fuels and promotes exchanges between science and society.
As CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer underlines, "CERN is well known for its excellence in science. But many people working here also excel in the transfer of knowledge to society. The CinéGlobe festival is one such example, as its aim is to promote a broader understanding of science by the general public."
As well as screening films in the official competition, the festival offers a number of events aimed at the general public:
- a special screening of the documentary "A Beating Heart", which won the latest edition of the Pariscience Scientific Film Festival, in the presence of its Director;
- a series of Swiss films from the 1950s and 1960s retracing the history of scientific films, presented by the Cinémathèque Suisse;
- screenings and debates with local schoolchildren around the theme of science-inspired films;
- And to round things off, rock band British Sea Power have written an original score for the documentary "Out of the present" (Andrei Ujica, Romania 1999), especially for CinéGlobe, and will play this soundtrack for the first time live from the Globe, in partnership with Branchage Soundtracks.
With such a strong line-up, top-quality films and a diverse range of themes covered, the CinéGlobe Festival is going out of its way to be original and to look at science and cinema in a new light.
The CinéGlobe Festival runs from 27 March to 1 April at CERN's Globe of Science and Innovation and the Forum Meyrin. The films in competition will be screened at lunchtimes and in the evenings from Tuesday to Friday and all day at the weekend. The event will take place in French and in English. The full schedule will soon be available on the Festival's website.
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1. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its Member States are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Romania is a candidate for accession. Israel is an Associate Member in the pre-stage to Membership. India, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Commission and UNESCO have Observer status.