SILBERSALZ Science & Media Awards 2021

in association with Jackson Wild

Science provides a creative platform to expand our understanding of the world around us and changes the way we see and experience our world. 

SILBERSALZ Science & Media Awards recognizes and celebrates the achievements of those who are working to solve many of today's challenges, of those who fascinate and inspire audiences worldwide through their stories, of those who encourage the next generation to engage with STEM subjects through global outreach, and of individuals promoting science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around global issues.

Winners & Nominees 2020

Science & Media Awards

What are we looking for?

For 7 new categories, we are looking for original, creative stories dealing with a range of scientific disciplines, including natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, engineering and medicine.
Stories showing the latest advancements and discoveries, future scenarios, or global solutions to challenging issues, designed to encourage scientific and geopolitical debates.

The entry deadline for all submissions is on 20 April 2021 23:59 CEST via Filmfreeway.
Submissions from all countries are welcomed.

For any question, get in touch with Irem Couchouron at

Awards & Prizes               

All submissions received by the entry deadline will be reviewed by multiple rounds of Preliminary Juries for each category, and nominated for consideration by the Final Jury, composed of science and media professionals selected from a range of disciplines and countries, balanced in age, gender and experience.

In September 2021, the prizewinners will be celebrated in a web-native evening of celebration and discovery, featuring prominent names in science communication - showcasing your incredible achievements in translating science to screen.

Silbersalz Festival is opening up the Science and Media Award Show to the wider public through an edutaining cabaret of science with special guests that will be broadcast to a global digital audience. The show will go live on 16th of September 2021 as part of this year's SILBERSALZ F estival (15-19 September 2021).

The prizewinners will receive a Trophy, laurel and certificate for their participation will get the chance to screen their films during the festival and will receive international recognition via the globally streamed award show

Terms & Conditions




Best Science Documentary

Outstanding long-format factual programs across social and natural sciences reflecting an inquisitive spirit and maverick approach in exploring the world. (> 40 min)

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Best Factual Series

Awarded to a limited or ongoing factual episodic program that fascinates audiences and engages with issues, through a creative, strong and interconnected narrative. (≥ 20 min/episode)

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Best Short Science Series

Awarded to a limited or ongoing episodic programs committed to render scientific discoveries accessible to a wider audience through creative, courageous and effective ways. Productions made for television, digital platforms and social networks are eligible. (≤ 13 min/episode)

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Homeland Earth Award

Awarded to a long-format program that best captures the scientific research contributing to solving global environmental problems and inspires advocacy in response. (> 40 min)
(i.e. scientific research contributing to solving global environmental problems, science of adaptation to climate change, preservation of the environment, sustainable use of biodiversity, conservation efforts affecting one or more animal species...)

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Southern Lights Award

aims to reward factual productions originating from the Global South, amplifying the voices of scientific characters and research.

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Young Audience Award

Awarded to a program that most effectively introduces children to complex scientific concepts to inspire curiosity and engagement. (> 12 years and older).

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Immersive Science

Bridging art and science, it is awarded to a program or installation, successfully integrating new storytelling methods and technologies including 360° video, VR/AR/MR programs, and games.

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