8GR8 Films | Story-Driven Science was founded by Manuel Stagars with a global talent network spanning award-winning film directors, media professionals, and interdisciplinary scientists. 8GR8 creates independent documentary films, podcasts and interview series about science, innovation, culture and society that inspire audiences to think.



Our documentaries have won awards and screened at international film festivals:


Clients, partners, network

Our team has worked with the following academic institutes and distribution channels:

Manuel Stagars

Manuel Stagars is a Swiss film director and autor. His documentary films focus on science, innovation and technology and their impact on society.


Iris Belle

Iris holds a PhD in Geography from Heidelberg University and a Diploma in Architecture from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. She is Full Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart (HFT) and scientific advisor for 8GR8 projects with a worldwide academic network