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Los Angeles, CA. (Thursday, August 21, 2014) –Raw Science, a new online network that produces and distributes on-demand videos, news and original programming about science and technology, announced today that it is collaborating with the Science and Entertainment Exchange of the National Academy of Sciences, the Caltech Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), and the USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) to present the first annual Raw Science Film Festival.Here is more information on the event.

The Raw Science Film Festival Jury includes Academy Award ™ winning & nominated filmmakers Luke Matheny (Best Short Film, “God of Love”), Randal Kleiser (“Grease” and “Honey I Blew up the Kid”), Martha Coolidge (“Real Genius” and “The Twilight Zone” TV Series) and John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood” and “Tupac”), and Iram Parveen Bilal (“Josh”).

Finalists will be screened at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium on December 6-7, 2014 and the Awards Ceremony will be held in the Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Studios on December 8, 2014.

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“We wanted to create a film festival that significantly supported filmmakers who share the wonderful world of science and technology through exceptional film and video content,” explains Mitchell Block, Executive Director of Programming for Raw Science.  “Our goal is to find, present, award and promote the youngest generation of student filmmakers all the way to the seasoned professional filmmaker, and in any style of film imaginable, be it narrative, documentary short, feature.”

Films will also be screened at The Exploratorium in San Francisco, as well as New York, Washington D.C. and other venues to be announced.




Fiction/Documentary films of any length.

This is the USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF) Youth Film Award.


Fiction* films 10 minutes and under

Fiction* films over 10 minutes

Documentary films 10 minutes and under

Documentary films over 10 minutes


Fiction* films 10 minutes and under

Fiction* films over 10 minutes

Documentary films 10 minutes and under

Documentary films over 10 minutes

*The Raw Science Film Festival Fiction Categories are made possible through our signature sponsor – The Science and Entertainment Exchange of the National Academy of Sciences.




October 15 Early Deadline – $25/entry fee

November 1 Middle Deadline – $35/entry fee

November 15 Final Deadline – $50/entry fee

December 1 USASEF Deadline – No entry fee

Entries must be submitted via RawScience.tv and DVD-R copies mailed to Raw Science at PO Box 10003 Santa Monica, CA 90410-1003. Please reference the Official Rules before submitting an entry.

Please submit all questions on eligibility and screenings to festival@rawscience.tv.  Tickets for this event will be available in the fall of 2014. To receive an email when tickets go on sale, please enter your email address here.

The festival will be operated through the Raw Science Foundation as a not-for-profit event and opportunities to become a Raw Science Film Festival official partner are still available. Please contact Raw Science at festival@rawscience.tv for more information on partnership.

About Raw Science

Raw Science is an online network that presents high quality and unfiltered news, information, and entertainment focused on the most relevant science and technology affecting our lives today. Raw Science curates and produces documentary and narrative films, original series, news, web features and viral content that is available pay-per-view or at no cost.  All Raw Science content is available on-demand and accessible on any viewing device. For more information please visit RawScience.tv

About The Science and Entertainment Exchange

The Science & Entertainment Exchange (The Exchange) is a program of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that connects entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers to create a synergy between accurate science and engaging storylines in both film and TV programming. From a quick fact check to a special briefing, The Exchange provides quick and easy access to experts from all the scientific disciplines. The goal of The Exchange is to use the vehicle of popular entertainment media to deliver sometimes subtle, but nevertheless powerful, messages about science. For more information, please visit http://www.scienceandentertainmentexchange.org/about

About The Caltech Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)

The Caltech Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) is responsible for the licensing and the transfer of technologies from Campus and JPL to the commercial sector. OTT protects and manages the intellectual property developed by faculty members, students, other researchers, and JPL technologists. Although the office was created relatively recently (1995) Caltech has a long tradition of protecting its inventions and has received over 2000 U.S. patents since 1980. Caltech receives more invention disclosures per faculty member than any other university in the nation. In the last 10 years licensing efforts have resulted in 40 to 50 patent licenses per year and OTT fosters start-up companies at a rate of about 8 per year; a very high number in view of the small size of the university. For more information, please visit http://ott.caltech.edu/

About the USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF)

The USASEF mission is to re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science festival in the United States. The 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest and only NATIONAL science festival, features nationwide contests and school programs, including our popular ‘Nifty Fifty’ science speaker program and X-STEM Symposium. The Festival will culminate in a Grand Finale Expo on April 16-17, 2016, with Sneak Peek Friday kicking off the weekend on April 15.  More than 350K+ attendees will celebrate science at the Expo, and engage in activities with some of the biggest names in STEM, hear stories of inspiration and courage, and rock out to science during our incredible stage show performances. For more information, please visit http://www.usasciencefestival.org

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