Who are we ?

The festival

PARISCIENCE is a film festival which crosses science with cinema to shed light on the evolution of the various scientific disciplines and their impact on society.

Each year, the festival showcases the very best of French and international science-themed films. Many of the films had never been shown on French television.

The festival runs for 6 days in October and is held at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. It is organised by the Association Science & Télévision (AST), a collective of independent production companies working to promote science on television and developing relationships between the audiovisual sector and the scientific world (www.science-television.com).

In fourteen years, Pariscience has become an unmissable event for both film buffs and science enthusiasts alike.

The growing number of visitors to the festival attests to the public's interest in scientific films.

It is supported by major research institutes (CNES, Inserm, ANDRA, IRD, INRAP, IRSTEA…), the Mayor of Paris, the Region of Ile de France, the Ministry of National Education, Research and Higher Education, a number of audiovisual partners (CNC, ARTE, PROCIREP, SCAM, Science & Vie TV...) as well as the CASDEN and national medias (Sciences et Avenir, La Recherche, Mon Quotidien...).



Each year, around fifty films are screened for free, tackling a wide range of scientific, technical and environmental themes from astronomy and sustainable development through to biology, chemistry and physics.

The screenings are followed by debates with the teams behind the films (directors, writers, producers) and science experts. These screenings allow scientific issues to be explored and discussed in an educational, interesting and engaging way in an informal setting.


  • Over 170 French and international guests
  • Screenings for young audiences (primary and middle school, high school)
  • Debates around « science / society »
  • A Science Television Jury  bringing together professionals from the media, the audiovisual and science sectors
  • A Grand Ecran Jury bringing together professionals from the science and the audiovisual sectors
  • A Biodiversity Jury also bringing together professionals from the media, the audiovisual and science sectors
  • A student jury
  • Two juries, made up of middle and high school pupils, sponsored by researchers and producers
  • 6 awards and an Audience Award
  • A screening for broadcasting professionals

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The association

The Association Science & Télévision (AST), created in 2001, is a group of 100 independent producers working for 50 different production companies based in France. These companies produce films in all forms (cinema and TV fiction, documentaries, magazines, reports, animation) and a large portion of their output is devoted to scientific productions. Together, they produce the vast majority of scientific programming broadcast on television in France, much of which also circulates abroad.

The President is Fabrice Estève (YUZU Productions).

Under the high patronage of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the National Centre for Cinematography (CNC) and the Procirep, the AST carries out a number of initiatives designed to promote scientific programs on television and foster international co-productions. Its purpose is to act as an interface between international producers, institutions, researchers, film-makers and television networks.

  • Professional forums;
  • Breakfast meetings with commissioning editors;
  • Production case studies;
  • Master classes with scientists... enable member producers to meet players in media's fields, politics, science and institutions...
  • Active participation in international forums, Sunny Side of the Doc, World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, Hot Docs, etc. The AST has created a network of producers with an international scope and organizes exclusive encounters between local producers and delegations of AST producers during international conferences.
  • The association organizes the Paris-based international science film festival, Pariscience, which is aimed at a general audience, as well as professionals and students.

Go to Association website for more informations: science-television.com

The Team

Fabrice Estève - President

Valérie Cordier – Chief Delegate

Nathalie Karp – Administrator

Rémi Bernard – Curator

Marina Vasseur - Communication Officer

Stéphane Trinh – Event technical coordinator

Laura Fonteniaud – Coordinator

Hélène Bodi – Young Audiences Officer

And also :

Charlène Laffond, Communication assistant // Jeanne Méchain, Production assistant // Romane Olry, Coordination assistant // Tibka Fichot, Young audiences assistant // Julien Ventalon et Benjamin Boyer, Stage managers // Jérôme Fève, Screening manager // Christophe Labonde, GAM projectionist // Audrey Barton, GAM manager // Gilles Million, Auditorium projectionist // Serena Tagliaferri, Auditorium manager // Pierre-Olivier FoucaultYann Giannetti, IPGP projectionists // Léa Pierre, IPGP manager  // Angèle Pignon, Head of welcome // Sophie Frédéric, Press Agent, Terre Majeure // Marianne T., Graphic designer.