Press Release No. 19 | 18 May 2009
DFG Science TV Takes Gold in the Intermedia-Globe Award
Internet Film Portal Wins Prize for Outstanding Media Communication
The internet film portal DFG Science TV of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has won the intermedia-globe Gold Award. At the World Media Festival in Hamburg, the project, which is one of a kind in Germany, won the prize in the WebTV/Information category for outstanding media communication.
DFG Science TV is a window on science. The project, developed in collaboration with partners Gisela Graichen, Hamburg, and Peter Prestel, Eichstätt, (film production) and implemented for the web in cooperation with 3-point-concepts from Berlin, is primarily aimed at a teenage audience, but is also intended for the general pubic as a whole. In three-minute shorts, the portal follows DFG-funded projects and shows the researchers' day-to-day work in chronologically developing film diaries. What makes the project special is that the researchers and scientists were also the cameramen, allowing them to give an authentic insight into their research. The raw material for the first series was condensed by Peter Prestel and his team, and the films put online week by week on the website developed and maintained by 3-point-concepts.
The second series is due to start in the early summer of 2009, with ten new research projects on topics ranging from archaeology to zoology working both nationally and internationally. All episodes of DFG Science TV are presented in both German and English by the DFG.
The intermedia-globe has been awarded since 2000 to successful films that do not fall into the conventional categories of advertising or feature films, but instead span the broad spectrum from corporate communications to education and animation. Its Gold category stands for excellence in state-of-the-art media communication. The international award panel, which consists of communication experts, decided that DFG Science TV fulfilled the demanding requirements in terms of implementation, creativity and, first and foremost, appealed to its target audience. DFG Science TV was selected from about 550 nominations, from 30 different counties, to win the award.