Science in 60 Seconds

The Science in 60 Seconds video contest offers independent emerging filmmakers an opportunity to explore creative ways to tell science stories in digital short format.

A selection of video submissions will be screened at Congress '19, taking place in Tokyo, Japan, December 2-5, as well as shared across the WCSFP's social media channels. The top three finalists will receive free accreditation to Congress '20, and the grand prize winner will receive accreditation, hotel and travel to Congress '20. Finalists and winner will be announced on December 5.

Applications are closed.


The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) is a collection of the world's top media companies, producers, digital content makers and distributors involved in the creation of science and non-fiction programming. Each year, members gather for an annual conference in a different country to connect with colleagues, learn about new industry trends and be inspired.

This competition is open to emerging independent filmmakers interested in science communication. Videos can be on any science topic and will be judged on creativity, production values, storytelling and clarity for an international audience.

Producers must be:

  • An emerging independent filmmaker
  • Under the age of 35
  • Operating independently
  • 100% copyright owner of the video

Videos must be:

  • In one of two formats:
    • 1:1 OR 5:6 (vertical) aspect ratio video for Instagram Feed - maximum length 60 seconds
    • 9:16 (vertical) aspect ratio video for Instagram Stories/TikTok - maximum length of 60 seconds (4 x 15 seconds)
  • On any science topic
  • Original content created specifically for this contest
  • Uploaded as an unlisted YouTube video
  • In English or have English subtitles/captions

Note: Applicants must submit a certification statement certifying adherence to all official rules and guidelines. If any producer is found to have breached the guidelines of the competition or acted inappropriately, the competition organisers reserve the right to disqualify the producer and the video from official competition.

Rating: Completed films should aim for a PG rating; there should be no swearing, extreme violence, sexual content/nudity, or adult themes.

Footage: All footage in the videos should be original with rights entirely owned by the Producer. Videos using stock or archive footage will not be accepted.

Equipment and Costs: Any video or film camera may be used during the production. Animation, motion graphics, and special effects are permitted. Any costs associated with the development, production or post-production of the video are entirely the responsibility of the producer.

Delivery: Completed submission forms must be delivered no later than Noon GMT on Monday, November 4, 2019.

Copyright: All rights to the video belong to the producer and it’s the responsibility of the producer to ensure all production elements of the video including but not limited to visuals, narration, music, soundtrack are fully cleared.

The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers reserves the non-exclusive right to use the video after its delivery for non-commercial purposes including promotional or educational purposes for a period of 2 years from delivery date ending on November 1, 2021. The producer shall not distribute or advertise the video in any way during the official competition period. Any pre-screening or online release of the completed video prior to the official screening, from December 2 to 5, at Congress '19 is not permitted.

Timeline: All creative work must take place during the official competition period. Any creative work started or completed in advance of the Competition is prohibited .

Awards: The selection committee will select finalist videos for screening at the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers and will also showcase finalists on WCSFP's social media channels. The top three finalists will receive a free registration for Congress '20. The grand prize winner will receive economy airfare, four nights hotel and registration for Congress '20.


Applications are closed.

A selection committee chaired by Matthew Shribman will assess each eligible video. Applicants will be notified by November 25, 2019.