SCINEMA: Putting Science in the Cinema

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Bring SCINEMA To Your Classroom or Livingroom

SCINEMA is the largest international science film festival in the southern hemisphere, showcasing the best science feature, documentary, animated and experimental films from filmmakers around the world.  The annual SCINEMA Film Festival runs in August each year.

Outside of August you and your classes can explore a selection of previous year’s winning entries, completely free!

Films cover a range of STEM topics, and you can also access teacher resources packed full of lesson inspiration, classroom activities and thought-provoking questions linked to the Australian National Curriculum.

How to get started

  • Log in or create a FREE education account
  • Choose a playlist below
  • Select a film to watch
  • Download the accompanying PDF resource – you can download as many of these as you like.
  • You’ll need a screen, speakers and connection to the internet (we recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox browser)

That’s it! It’s super simple to get in on the fun.

SCINEMA: Watch the films

The SCINEMA Film Festival runs through August each year, but if you missed out, don’t worry, we have a selection of films from different years available for free. Choose the age range most appropriate for your learners to explore the free films and related activities.

Reception – Year 3

Films and classroom activities for STEM students in Reception to Year 3.

Year 4 – Year 6

Films and classroom activities for STEM students in Year 4 to Year 6.

Year 7 – Year 9

Films and classroom activities for STEM students in Year 7 to Year 9.

Year 10 – Year 12

Films and classroom activities for STEM students in Year 10 to Year 12.


If you have students who love science and are interested in making films then have a look at SCINEMA Junior.

This is a dedicated category within SCINEMA for students under the age of 18 to communicate and share the science they’re passionate about.

Entries for SCINEMA Junior open towards November each year, so, for more information, teaching support and to find out how to get involved head to the SCINEMA website now.

Sign up to find out about our SCINEMA International Science Film Festival and access films and resources as soon as they are available.

About Education

The Education platform, along Cosmos – a quarterly science print magazine and online science news site – and SCINEMA International Science Film Festival are developed and operated by The Royal Institution of Australia, an independent charity dedicated to connecting people with the world of science.