SCINEMA: Putting Science in the Cinema

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.

You can see a selection of previous year’s winning entries, completely free!

Films cover a range of STEM topics, each with dedicated teacher resources packed full of lesson inspiration, classroom activities and thought-provoking questions all 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.

Watch the films

This year’s film festival is now over but if you missed out, don’t worry, we have a selection of films still available for free to access for the next few months. Choose the age range most appropriate for your learners to explore the free films and 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 2022 will open soon, 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.