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Our world is changing rapidly and irreversibly, and at the heart of this change lies data. Data science has become key to understand developments in technology, environmental change, political power shifts, crime prevention and everything else that concerns our lives. However, insights and change do not necessarily lead to a more inclusive and democratic society.

 

The International Data Science Film Festival is the world first -and therefore coolest- film festival in the world dedicated to data science. IDSFF discovers, celebrates and challenges the role of data science in our society.
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The festival

The festival offers four days of films, panels, discussions, Q&A’s and networking opportunities. It draws innovators, scientists, filmmakers, critics and thought-leaders to discuss the state of affairs and the future of our society.

From Aug 26 to 29th 2021, IDSFF will descend on the Mariënburg Convent, home of Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS), in the city center of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Here, people will gather to watch and listen, to participate and celebrate.

While the COVID-19 virus is slowly releasing its grip on our lives, we are happy to announce that IDSFF21 will be a physical and live event.  We can responsibly celebrate the fact that we can meet  face to face at the start of the new academic year.


IDSFF is organised in proud cooperation with Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS).  JADS is a unique cooperation between the Province of North Brabant, the Municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology.  JADS offers data science bachelor and master programs, PDEng education, professional education and helps organizations shape their data-driven future. With the tag line We do cool stuff that matters with data,  JADS aims to make impact with data science, to make a contribution to society, and to provide answers to complex issues.

Our program

Ex-Machina

A junior programmer working at the company that runs the world's most popular search engine wins a company lottery. The prize is a week at the CEO's estate. When he gets there he discovers that his boss has been working on Ava, an android with superior Artificial Intelligence and the greatest achievement in the history of the human race. The programmer's job is to test how "human" the android is. What develops is a manipulative game between the android and the programmer. Artificial intelligence seems to come at a price, like everything else.

The screening will be introduced by prof. dr. Peter de Kock

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Pi

Pi

In Chinatown (NY) recluse math genius Max believes "everything can be understood in terms of numbers". He searches for a pattern in the system as he suffers headaches, plays Go with his former teacher, and builds a supercomputer in his apartment. Due to his research, Max is chased by a Wall Street company and by a Chasidic Torah scholar, who believes that he discovered God.

The screening will be introduced by Prof. dr. Eric Postma

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Finding Tom Bombadil

Finding Tom Bombadil is all about heuristics; the art of problem solving or self discovery. It's described as 'a holostic detective documentary about the worldwide search for Tolkien’s most mysterious fantasy figure'. Coincidences and chance encounters lead holistic detective Joost van de Loo to investigate candidates across five different continents, helped by a host of volunteers, field researchers and advisers. After years of searching he realises that the search is only just beginning.

The screening will be introduced by filmmaker Joost van de Loo

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Alphago

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the observable universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. In 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea for an extraordinary competition. A legendary Go master took on an unproven AI challenger for the first time in history. As the drama unfolds, more questions emerge: What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? What can it teach us about humanity?

The screening will be introduced by dr. Esther Keymolen

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Brazil

Brazil

In a dystopian society where the government constantly gathers detailed data on each of its citizens, Sam Lowry is a low-ranking bureaucrat who is content with his menial job. When a small mistake in a data center leads to a wrongful arrest, a series of events is set in motion which lead Lowry into the depths of the Ministry of Information and beyond, into his dreams. Director Terry Gilliam combines in this satirical movie his fantastic visions with his disdain for technocracy and bureaucracy. The film is generally considered by film critics to be one of the best British films of all time.

The screening will be introduced by prof. dr. ir. Pieter Spronck.

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Trancendence

Dr. Will Caster, the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, is working on a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known, with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him the target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. When he is shot, his wife Evelyn and best friend Max, both fellow researchers, decide to save Wills's conscience. But their worst fears are realized as Will's thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. 

The screening will be introduced by dr. Frank Bosman

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Thursday

August 26

20:30
Convent Garden (Open air) & Chapel
Special screening to welcome new students
23:00
Convent Garden (Open air) & Chapel
"The fun does not end when the credits roll"
Friday

August 27

16:00
Chapel
Introduction by filmdirector Joost van de Loo
16:30
Chapel
FINDING TOM BOMBADIL
18:00
Chapel
Participative dialogue
Friday

August 27

20:30
Convent Garden (Open air)
Introduction by dr. Esther Keymolen
21:00
Convent Garden (Open air)
ALPHAGO
23:00
Convent Garden (Open air)
Participative dialogue
Saturday

August 28

16:00
Chapel
Introduction by prof. dr. Eric Postma
16:30
Chapel
PI
18:00
Chapel
Participative dialogue
Saturday

August 28

20:30
Convent Garden (Open air)
Introduction by dr. Frank Bosman
21:00
Convent Garden (Open air)
Transcendence
23:00
Convent Garden (Open air)
Participative dialogue
Sunday

August 29

15:00
Chapel
Introduction by prof. dr. ir. Pieter Spronck
15:30
Chapel
BRAZIL
18:00
Chapel
Participative dialogue
Sunday

August 29

20:00
Chapel
Introduction by prof. dr. Peter de Kock
20:30
Chapel
EX MACHINA
22:00
Chapel
Participative dialogue