The Uranium Film Festival trophy is a piece of art produced by Brazilian waste-material-artist Getúlio Damado, who lives and works in the famous artist quarter Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro where the first International Uranium Film Festival was held in May 2011. Getúlio creates the Uranium Film Festival Award from waste material, that he finds in the streets of Santa Teresa. He uses also old watches to remember the first atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima. Watches in Hiroshima stopped exactly at 8:15 in the morning when the A-bomb exploded on August 6th, 1945.
Nuclear filmmakers sometimes risk their careers or even their lives to do what they have to do. The International Uranium Film Festival provides these filmmakers a global audience and honours them and their work with the Yellow Einstein Award and the festival's Special Achievement Award.
Radioactivity is invisible, has no smell no taste. „It’s a huge challenge to film something that you cannot see, but something that still can hurt or even kill you“, says the Uranium Film Festival Founder Norbert G. Suchanek. „For that the making of nuclear films is sometimes a risky business. And the Uranium Film Festival was created to honor and to award these filmmakers and their work.“
„For the last six years our Award had the nickname Yellow Oscar. But this year in April the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood prohibited us the use of the name Oscar. For that we had to find a new name. For that from now on the Uranium Film Festival Award is called the Yellow Einstein“, explains festival director Norbert G. Suchanek.
"I have always condemned the use of the atomic bomb against Japan but I could not do anything at all to prevent that fateful decision," Einstein wrote in German to Shinohara in a letter dated June 23, 1953.