The 4th annual Texas Atomic Film Festival (TAFF) is being held April 26 to May 3, 2012. The festival attracts short films (3 to 5 minutes) produced by students in nuclear engineering courses at the University of Texas at Austin. A public screening of the films, which focus on nuclear and energy related topics, is being held on April 26 at 12:30 pm at the UT Student Activities Center auditorium.
The goal of TAFF is to provide an opportunity for students to take creative approaches to convey scientific information through short films. Griffin Gardner and Alex Fay are this year's media judge and technical judge, respectively, and awards will be given in four categories:
- Best Film
- Technical Content
- Audience Award
The Audience Award is based on the number of "likes" accumulated by each film through the Facebook social plugin available on the TAFF website for the 2012 entries.
Please visit the TAFF website, view some of the films in the 2012 Entries section, and vote for your favorites by clicking on the "like" button. You can also follow TAFF and make comments through Twitter by using the hashtag #TAFF2012.
TAFF includes 11 films this year:
- How Dangerous is Low Dose Radiation?
- An Outlook on Future Energy Solutions
- The Legend of HP-Man
- Radon-Hazards in the Home: Myths and Facts
- The Chicago Pile: A History
- The Influence of Nuclear Events on the Public Perception of Nuclear Science
- U.S. Electrical Power Production: A Comparison of Energy Sources
- Special Report: Nuclear Terrorism
- From War to Peace: Non-Proliferation 101
- Nuclear by the Numbers
Other schools are invited to participate in next year's TAFF. If you are interested, please contact Steve Biegalski. Special thanks to Juan Garcia and Matt Mangum, of the Faculty Innovation Center at UT, for their continued support of TAFF.