A fun short film competition - Quantum Shorts 2012

The Centre for Quantum Technologies/New Scientist Quantum Shorts film competition sought films of no longer than three minutes that were inspired by quantum physics.

Based on the winning entries, the main themes were imagining quantum effects on macro particles (people!), and the effects this might have on relationships!

The winner was an Australian film Quantum Daughter, about Erwin Schrödinger's daughter in a parallel universe where computers are so advanced they look like bananas (and where mobile phone companies are so ruthless they will follow you to another universe to cancel a contract). The 100 points referenced is an Australian thing... to open a bank account or get a card for a video store or any of a million other things requires two forms of id (mobile phone company Amaysim has examples).

The equal runners up were the short version of Alice in Quantum Land from Austria, and Heisenberg.

There is also a longer (5 minute) version of Alice in Quantumland which I have posted here in preference to the winning entry, because I liked the way it hung together.

The Singapore Schools category was won by the brilliant and very Singaporean Cat in the box.

The rest of the entries are available at http://shorts.quantumlah.org/video-entries/

The judges declared themselves blown away by the quality of the shortlisted films. “I am really impressed that quantum theory can inspire such creativity,” said Jeremy Webb, New Scientist editor-in-chief. “I would like to congratulate all the directors on their imaginations and the skill with which they have told their stories”.

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