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Life sciences woo internationals with film contest

Following last year's Faculty of Science YouTube success with a cloned blonde bombshell, the Faculty of Life Sciences is now attempting to reach international students with a film competition. See the winning films here

A talking snail, a silent movie with beer in a tree, and a look at the cellular make-up of cats and rabbits.

These were the winning concepts in the Faculty of Life Sciences film competition, in which entrants were asked to illustrate ‘what difference you can make in the world with a life science degree’.

Last year, one of the entrants in a similar film contest at the Faculty of Science – in which nerdy scientists find a way to clone a beautiful blonde woman – was a huge hit on YouTube, with over 100,000 viewings.

See the article Cloned blonde lures students to Copenhagen here.

34 entries

In the Life Sciences film contest, the rules were, that the film should be taken outside, be up to one minute long, and that it should be in English.

The competition received a total of 34 entries from all over the world, including the USA, India, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, according to the faculty newsletter.

First prize

First prize of DKK 30,000 went to Antonio Aleixo and Fabio Vicente from Portugal, for their film Life without knowledge, which gives a scientific look at what is going on inside different domestic animals and plants, complete with Terminator-ish graphics and bass heavy background music.

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Second prize

Lisa Prechtl, Gijs Stevers and Shauna Matkovich took the second prize of DKK 15,000, with an old-school silent movie parody, where the protagonists develop a new way to get Carlsberg out of a tree.

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Third prize

Third prize of DKK 5,000 went to Jonas Als, with his film of a talking snail. Taking the role of careers advisor, the snail, which has an unmistakeably Danish accent when speaking English, extols the virtues of studying a science degree. However, all is not what is seems…

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