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FQXi VIDEO CONTEST: Introduction
November 29, 2014

Show Me the Physics!

Important Dates

Ian Durham (as Cyrus Bohm) introduces FQXi's first-ever Video Contest.

    FQXi wants to see your best videos that highlight how fun physics can be in Show Me the Physics!, our first-ever video Contest. The Contest goal is to increase physics interest and appreciation among non-physicists and provide an arena for discussion and exchange of ideas regarding foundational questions.This contest aims to get people around the world excited about studying physics, with the hope some of them go on to make their own physics discoveries. Show Me the Physics! also intends to increase public support for physics education and research. This Contest will show people (or pets) exploring and learning about physics phenomena in interesting ways. We want to highlight and reward videos that can do these things by showing how physics is fun!

    Take a look at the current submissions for inspiration.

    Appropriate topics could include (but are not limited to):
    • unsolved physics mysteries
    • physics experiments being carried out
    • tales of physics discoveries
    • accounts of how physics has improved our lives
    • testimonials from physicists, inventors, teachers, or others about their passion for physics
    • fictional stories in which real physics plays a central role

Important Dates

    May 8, 2014
    Video Contest Launched!

    August 22, 2014
    Video Contest Closes - Last opportunity to submit videos (Note: all videos must be submitted by 11:59PM Eastern Time).

    September 26, 2014
    Community Voting Closes - Last opportunity to submit ratings (Note: all ratings must be submitted by 11:59PM Eastern Time).

    October 10, 2014
    Public Voting Closes (Note: all ratings must be submitted by 11:59PM Eastern Time).

    November 14, 2014
    Video Contest Winners posted online by this date.

How to Enter
    The Contest is open to entrants of all ages. Entrants over the age of 18 can submit films directly. Entrants under the age of 18 must be represented by an adult parent, guardian, or teacher.

    To enter:
    Up to 3 entries are allowed per entrant. If any entry is submitted with a co-creator, then up to 4 entries are allowed per entrant. (Please note entrants will have to submit a new application per entry.)

    Votes placed by Contest entrants and FQXi Members (that is, Community votes) will determine the Contest finalists. A panel of Expert Judges will pick the winning entries from the group of finalists. Members of the public can also vote to help determine the Audience Favorite and Most Public Votes prizes. To vote, visit the page of entries.

  • Top Prize (3 prizes; top videos as chosen by the Review Panel ): US$10,000

  • Audience Favorite (1 prize; top Community and Public vote): US$3,000

  • Young Scientist Prize (1 prize; top video by anyone 18 or under as chosen by the Review Panel): US$2,000 for an individual or US$4,000 for a classroom PLUS a 30-minute Skype chat with FQXi’s Scientific Directors, Profs Max Tegmark and Anthony Aguirre

  • Review Panel’s Discretionary Prizes (possibilities include, but are by no means limited to: Funniest Video, Most Educational Video, Best video by a school class): up to US$3,000

  • Most Public Votes (1 prize; top Public vote): 2-year subscription to Scientific American

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