evolution through a lens

Congrats to the winners of the NESCent evolution film festival!

Nearly 150 people viewed and voted on their favorite films in a standing-room-only event on Monday June 20th at the Evolution meetings in Norman, Oklahoma. The event was a huge success.  People were sitting on the floors and spilling out the doors, all the popcorn disappeared in a flash and we got tons of comments from people about how much they LOVED the films.

We announced and screened the winners at the conference’s closing banquet. First place went to “Cold-blooded cannibals,” a short film by Nate Dappen of the University of Miami – Florida and Joris van Alphen of the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity (Naturalis). Our runner up was “Why don’t you teach evolution?” a computer-animated video by Katie Lotterhos of Florida State University.

Both the winner and runner-up were made by graduate students, and every submission got at least one first place vote. Thanks to our filmmakers for some fabulous films.

We hope to make this an annual event, so please consider submitting a film for next year’s evolution film festival in Ottowa!

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