Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Science Fair

Year: 2018
Country: United States
Language: English, Portuguese, German
Run Time: 90 minutes

Science Fair
Science Fair
Science Fair
Science Fair

We all remember the science fair from school. We’d make a battery from a lemon and use bright markers to decorate those cardboard displays. As you’ll see in SCIENCE FAIR, these competitions are way more important. The smartest students will make their way to the International Science and Engineering Fair, which is essentially the Super Bowl of science fairs. Thousands of kids from all over the globe participate, hoping to win scholarships, grants, jobs, or the coveted $75,000 top prize. The stakes are incredibly high. This inspiring film follows nine students as they prepare for the 2017 ISEF. Their projects range from researching brain function during risky behavior to arsenic detectors and a new form of airplane. While you may have preconceived notions about science geeks, this documentary shows they come from a wide variety of backgrounds and personalities (one of them is hilariously obsessed with trap music). SCIENCE FAIR is a fun, informative, and loving homage to the nerd. Turns out, they’re pretty cool. After all, these incredible young geniuses could literally save the world. (In English, Portuguese, and German with subtitles) —E.F.

CIFF42 Screenings

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 5:10 PM

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 7:10 PM

Family Films

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Global Health Competition

Director Director

Cristina Maria Costantini, Darren Foster

Cristina Maria Constantini attended Yale University, and her work has appeared on ABC News, Univision, Fusion, and The Huffington Post. She has earned a DuPont Award and has been nominated for two Emmys. Darren Foster graduated from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. He has earned a Peabody and DuPont Award and several Emmy nominations.


Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster, Jeffrey Plunkett

Jeffrey Plunkett, Darren Foster, Cristina Costantini

Peter Alton

Tom Maroney, Alejandro Valdés-Rochín

Film Contact

This film is presented in loving memory of KEN SKAPIK, a remarkable husband and dad who had an insatiable curiosity and zest for life.

Film Sponsors

University School

Community Partners

Great Lakes Science Center

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