FILM PROJECTS

ARTIFICIAL LIFE
Denmark
Director: Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Producer: Sigrid Dyekjær
Production Company: Danish Documentary

Throughout history, whenever new technologies have emerged, they have transformed society – today more than ever. In Artificial Life we’ll meet 8 scientist from completely different fields with a common goal: to secure the future through science.

HWANGSA (YELLOW RAIN)
Canada
Director: Claire Sanford
Producer: Adam Pajot Gendron
Production Company: Tortuga Films Inc.

Hwangsa is a cinematic portrait of monstrous dust storms that rise from the deserts of Western China and the people that emerge from the dust along its path. Touching down in cities and towns from the Taklamakan Desert of Western China to the shores of California, we meet characters, including scientists, confronted by the dust – from its most ominous form as an enormous, devastating storm in a drying desert to its tiniest incarnation as a speck studied under a microscope. The film is a lyrical journey that rides the winds of our changing planet, exploring what life is like under the dust along the way and the very relationship people have to the air they breathe.

INTERNET vs HUMANITY
Denmark
Series Director: David Borenstein
Producers: Jesper Jack & Mathilde Schytz Marvit
Production Companies: House of Real (DK) and Akufen (CA)

Internet vs. Humanity is a multi-formated interactive ​series about the people lurking underneath your social media feed. From ‘internet trolling’ collectives in the United States to ‘web-girlfriend’ factories in China, each episode showcases virtuosos in manipulating human emotion and attracting clicks online. Co-created and curated with international leading experts in digital culture, Internet vs. Humanity poses the ultimate question: Can free will still exist in the digital era?

LIFE OF LINES
Sweden
Director: Diego Galafassi, Fredrik Wenzel, Jesper Kurlandsky
Producer: Jesper Kurlandsky
Production Company: Fasad

To live, every being must put out a line, and in life, these lines tangle with one another. To study lines, is to approach the world first and foremost by its movements rather than its objects. The notion of ‘lines’ is used as the central idea to integrate and weave together elements from over 50 hours of audio conversations with leading academics within anthropology, global environmental change, embodied cognition, artists, craftsmen and practitioners on the key ideas that can help societies navigate contemporary challenges.

MY IRRESISTIBLE MAN
Denmark
Director: Mette Korsgaard
Producer: Malene Flindt Pedersen
Production Company: Hansen og Pedersen Film

My Irresistible Man is the portrait of gender bias through the director’s attempt to understand and rectify prejudice within her own family. In the #metoo era, Mette Korsgaard digs deep and asks high profile researchers: why are most of us still gender biased – even a gender equality campaigner like herself? Why are men still more irresistible than women?

RED HEAVEN
United States, Germany
Director: Lauren DeFilippo & Katherine Gorringe
Producers: Lauren DeFilippo, Katherine Gorringe & Jamie Meltzer
Production Company: Raised By Wolves

Red Heaven follows six people living in isolation for a year as part of an unprecedented NASA Mars simulation, weaving their strange experience with a sci-fi journey through history to explore what our dreams of Mars reveal about us here on Earth.

THE ANIMATED MIND OF OLIVER SACKS
United Kingdom/ U.S.A.
Director: Dempsey Rice
Producer: Lori Cheatle
Production Company: Hard Working Movies, Met Film

The Animated Mind of Oliver Sacks is a deep dive into the powerful storytelling of author and neurologist Oliver Sacks, MD, one of the most compassionate scientific minds of our time. Animation, found footage and archival material (including Oliver’s journals and his own, never before seen, photographs) weave together with on-camera interviews to build a stunning visual world that immerses us in Oliver’s irrepressible enthusiasm for, and curiosity about, the human mind.

THE THIN GREY LINE
France, Germany
Director: Fabio Lucchini
Producer: Sallah-Edine Ben Jamaa
Production Company: Les Films Grain de Sable

Graphene is a bidimensional sheet of carbon extracted from graphite. It is the strongest, lightest and most conductive material ever discovered. This breakthrough might trigger a new revolution in technology. Through the work of a graphite miner and an astrophysicist, The Thin Grey Line explores the ways we shape our common future.

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS – REVERSE PITCH


EATING BEHAVIOUR AND RESEARCH IN THE 21ST CENTURY
– Denmark

My research focuses on dissecting neuroendocrine signals involved in coordinating appetite, food-motivated behavior, and energy expenditure. In parallel, I aim transforming molecular and physiological insights into innovative therapeutic strategies that can correct obesity and its metabolic co-morbidities.

Presented by: Christoffer Clemmensen, PhD – Associate Professor, Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen


GROWSTACK – Denmark

One of humanity’s biggest challenges is to produce enough quality food for a rapidly growing population in a sustainable way. Growstack is an open source citizen science community that addresses this. Our community creates new easy-to-use and transparent foodtech solutions based on our automated aeroponic vertical farming platform that enables delicious, highly nutritious and pesticide-free plant production.

Presented by: Rasmus Bjerngaard – Co-Founder of Nextfood and co-founder of Copenhagen Foodtech Community – Executive MBA, London Business School – Master in Science, Technical University of Denmark (former researcher in Medical Technology) – BA. Min. Psychology // Frederik Lean Hansen – Co-Founder of Copenhagen Foodtech Community and Growstack Project Lead – Master of Science, Copenhagen Business School – Bsc. Economics // Tina Ryoon Andersen – Developer at The Danish Society of Engineers, IDA – MA Modern Culture, The University of Copenhagen


PREFRONTAL TARGET ENGAGEMENT AS A BIOMARKER FOR COGNITIVE IMPROVEMENT (PRETEC)
 Denmark

The aim of PRETEC is to conduct two parallel projects, assessing the potential pro-cognitive effects of EPO infusions and cognitive impairment, respectively, in patients with bipolar disorder and first-degree relatives to patients with treatment-resistant depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.

Presented by: Kamilla Woznica Miskowiak – Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, Clinical psychologist, ph.d., University of Copenhagen, Department of Psychology, Mental Health Services, Capital Region of Denmark // Caroline Ott – Psychologist, PhD student, Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet // Jeff Petersen – Psychologist, PhD student, Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet


PULSE FISHING: ELECTROCUTION AND TINGLING TICKLE? – Belgium

The ILVO fisheries research team has a long experience in looking at the possibilities and impacts of pulse fishing on shrimp. The overall objective? Transforming the current fishing practices of bottom trawling, in an ecologically beneficial direction.

Presented by: Hans Polet – Scientific Director, Fisheries and Aquatic Research, ILVO (Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) // Miriam Levenson – English and Video Services, ILVO (Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)


SPACED: PROTECTING NATURE THROUGH EARTH OBSERVATION – Italy, Germany

ECOPOTENTIAL is a large European H2020 project with 47 partners, running from 2015 to 2019. In the last decades, anthropogenic pressures have altered many ecosystem functions that are essential for human well-being as well as climate regulation at local and regional scales. A view of natural ecosystems from space, and how we can use the information obtained by blending most advanced technologies with field work and conservation issues, are at the heart of the project.

Presented by: Antonello Provenzale – Director of Institute of Geoscience and Earth Resources, National Research Council of Italy // Mariasilvia Giamberini – Institute of Geoscience and Earth Resources, National Research Council of Italy // Asja Bernd – Research Associate, Chair of Biogeography, University of Bayreuth, Germany