Bill Haney’s Jim Allison: Breakthrough and Jens Monath’s Anthropocene: The Rise of Humans are among the nominees for the 2020 Silbersalz Science & Media Awards, which recognizes “excellence in science storytelling.”
The international awards — in association with Jackson Wild — are part of this year’s Silbersalz Festival, which will take place in Halle, Germany from Oct. 14 to 18.
Winners will be revealed during the Silbersalz Science Media Award show, to be broadcast online Oct. 15.
Jim Allison: Breakthrough (pictured), nominated in the best international documentary feature category, tells the story of Allison’s quest to cure cancer and his discovery of the T-Cell.
The film from Boston- and Los Angeles-based Uncommon Productions is narrated by actor Woody Harrelson.
Anthropocene: The Rise of Humans, nominated for best international factual series, is a three-parter from Germany’s ZDF/Terra-X about the age when human activities started to change the planet’s own systems.
Other nominees for best international documentary feature are Bev Shroot’s Face Surgeons (Australia’s ABC Television) and Ruben Smit’s Living on the Edge, from Netherlands-based Ruben Smit Productions.
Titles in contention for best European documentary feature include: Gil Kébaïli’s The Deep Med (Les Gens Bien Productions; France); Misha Wessel and Thomas Blom’s The World of Thinking (The Netherlands); and Birgit Tanner and Carsten Gutschmidt’s Riddle of the Bones: Gender Revolution (Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion; Germany).
Nick Robinson’s Australia’s Ocean Odyssey (Wild Pacific Media) and Alex Sherratt and Sarah V. Burns’ The History of Food (Roller Coaster Productions; U.S.) have also been nominated for best international factual series.
Haney’s Jim Allison: Breakthrough picked up an additional nomination for the Inspiring Change Award alongside James Byrne’s Our Gorgongosa (Gorongosa Media and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios; U.S.) and Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed’s My Octopus Teacher (Sea Change Project and Off the Fence; South Africa).
Anthropocene: The Rise of Humans was nominated for the Homeland Earth Audience Award in addition to Henry M. Mix and Boas Schwarz’s On Thin Ice (Altayfilm; Germany) and Matthias Widter’s When the Water Rises. Escape from The Great Flood (RaumFilm; Austria).
My Octopus Teacher secured another nomination for the Young Audience Award. Other nominees are David Symonds’ The Great Australian Bee Challenge (Australia’s ABC Television) and Mark Fletcher’s A Song for Love – An Ape with an App (Terra Mater Factual Studios, Mark Fletcher Productions and Colorful Nature Films; Austria).
Finally, nominees in the Immersive Science category are: Eliza McNitt’s Spheres (Protozoa Pictures, Crimes of Curiosity and Atlas V; U.S.); Joseph Purdam’s Ecophere (Phoria; Australia); and Ina Krüger and Patrik de Jong’s Inside Tumucumaque – A Virtual Reality Experience (Interactive Media Foundation and Filmtank; Germany).