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Since the industrial revolution, humans have tackled questions regarding the effect machines have on our society.

For over two centuries, AI, in some form or another, has appeared in popular culture, prompting us to consider the ways these intersecting entities can and should interact with one another. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein had us asking questions about the ethics surrounding the convergent worlds of created versus natural intelligence. Kubrik’s 2001: A Space Odyssey launched endless analyses by writers, critics, theorists, and film fans alike pondering its ominous predictions of the future of our universe. Spike Jonze expanded our notions of what romantic love looks like when we cross the boundary between operating system and consciousness. And the list goes on and on…

This year, we would like to carry on that tradition of thought-provoking creation by bringing 5 pioneering filmmakers’ screenplays into production. WiDS Zurich is excited to support innovative and forward-thinking amateur and professional filmmakers on their journey to broadening our understanding around AI.

Through the art of visual storytelling we encourage filmmakers to weave a narrative that makes us stop and think about the implications the sociotechnical world in which we live. We invite pitch decks, which should include a script, for short films that will not only promote the growing benefits data science and AI for a progressive society, but also display the future of human and AI relationships.

More details on application requirements are coming soon!

  • To all the nerdy girls out there who hide behind your sketchbooks, don't be afraid to tell your stories to the world.
    — Domee Shi after receiving an Academy Award for Disney Pixar's Bao