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Frequently Asked Questions

Over time, a few questions have reached us about the NeuroVision Film Contest. Here are these questions and our answers. If you have any further inquiries, please contact us (the email address at the bottom of this page).

 

May I participate in your film contest?

Yes, as long as you are not a media professional, you are more than welcome to participate. Beyond the conditions, there are none. Whatever topic in neuroscience you want to tackle, and whichever form you want to use, it is all welcome. Whether you want to portrait a scientist, explain a principle or a method, or even write a little movie that tells a story with a connection to neuroscience - we will look forward to receiving your entry.

 

Could you give me a concrete example for a neuroscientific topic that could be the basis for my film?

There are many possibilities, and these are really just some examples made by the BCF. You could present a certain subfield of neuroscience (for example, see www.bcf.uni-freiburg.de/movies/wicn-en), or a research result, or even a specific method (e.g. www.bcf.uni-freiburg.de/movies/wicn-en). Perhaps you want to take a different approach and make a filmic portrait of a scientist or of somebody who lives with a neurological condition? Or take it into a more artistic direction, using animation, or tell a fictional story related to neuroscience… Everything is possible, as long as there is a clear connection to the topics of brain and neurosciences.

 

Who should I consider as the intended audience? Fellow neuroscientists, or rather the general public?

The jury will consist of science journalists and media professionals, who will have a basic knowledge of neuroscience, but are not truly experts in the field. The audience award will be determined by the conference participants, who will all be neuroscientists. But as they may come from different fields (theorists, experimentalists, engineers...), I would advise you to think of the audience as having a basic knowledge, and a keen interest in neuroscience.

 

Is this contest supposed to be about visualizing findings from neuroscience? Or is it more open-ended, so that any film that is somehow related to the practice, findings, culture of neuroscience is admissible? (For example, you've probably seen those parody music videos on Youtube.)

I think being "somehow related" would stretch it a bit. But I would say it is open-ended inasmuch as you could also look into the history of an idea in neuroscience, or make a portrait of an important person of the field, or even make a short fictional film about a neuroscientific concept. The audience should still learn something from your film, so while entertaining them is definitely a good way to reach this goal, it should not be an end in itself.

 

1. Do you accept stop motions?
2. Is the topic about anything in Neuroscience? Or is there a preference for a particular subfield?

Yes, we definitely accept stop motion animation. Any technique that helps you to transport your message is welcome. As for the topic/subfield, there is really no preference, we want this contest to be as open as possible.

 

Recently, a filmmaker visited us and filmed our lab. Can we use his material, too?

No, your film should be completely the creation of non-professionals, and you must own the rights to any part of the film. However, if you are a film student but have access to professional equipment, or tutoring by professionals, this would still be okay.

 

Do you have flyers that I could distribute among interested colleagues?

Yes, we do. Just send a mail with a request and the needed amount to grah@bcf.uni-freiburg.de.
 

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