Idea Circle Dinner Discussion #13:

How to watch 1000 short films this weekend without losing your mind – Reflections on 10 years of the CineGlobe Film Festival at CERN


Neal Hartman (Director) and Alex Brown (Administrator) will talk about their experiences running the CineGlobe Film Festival at CERN, including the daunting task of watching around 1000 short films for each edition. What makes a good short, what makes a good short inspired by science, and what are some of the pitfalls of short filmmaking? They will also speak about CineGlobe’s evolution over the past 10 years, about its plans for the tenth edition next summer, and about how you can become involved in this burgeoning celebration of cinema and science.

About the speakers:

Neal Hartman:
Neal is an engineer and has been working for the ATLAS Experiment since 2000. He also has a Masters in Film Directing and is currently splitting his time between engineering for the ATLAS upgrade and pursuing a PhD at EPFL in Virtual Reality, in conjunction with the local communications group at CERN. He co-founded CineGlobe in 2007 and has been the director and president of the CineGlobe Association since 2012.

Alex Brown:
Alex is a freelance consultant in science communication. Alongside roles in CERN’s fundraising, photo archive, and hands-on education teams, he spent 2012-18 volunteering for numerous public outreach events. Alex has been supporting CineGlobe since 2014, watching countless films and presenting them to the festival audience, as well as communicating with partners to deliver a successful event.


Idea Circle Dinner Discussion Series:

If you are interested in learning more about education, communication and outreach activities at CERN, we have launched a new series of talks specifically targeting CERN personnel looking to improve their communication skills, engage with the public, and network with experts in the field. The lecture and discussion series, named Idea Circle Dinner Discussions, will be held at IdeaSquare every other Wednesday at 18:00. Spaces are limited, so please register today to reserve your seat. (Light dinner and refreshments will be available for registered participants only).

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