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CA-NOMIS Project 2020 – Call for Participation

Camera Arts invites students and alumni of HSLU D&K to join the 2020 NOMIS Awards experimental film project

1. Film recording with Adriano Aguzzi, professor of neuropathology and director of the Institute of Neuropathology at the Zürich University, 2019. (Photo: Max Bruinsma)
2. Film recording with Adriano Aguzzi, 2019 (Photo: Max Bruinsma)
3. Institute of Advanced Study, the former work place of Albert Einstein in Princeton, NJ. (Photo: Evert Ypma)
4. Project dialogue at Camera Arts Medialab with the NOMIS Foundation. (Photo: Evert Ypma)

Past CA-NOMIS film projects:

CA-NOMIS Project 2017
CA-NOMIS Project 2018
CA-NOMIS Project 2019

NOMIS Distinguished Scientists Award:

The NOMIS Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award is presented to exceptional scientists, supporting them in their exploration of unconventional academic paths, thereby inciting new directions in science. The foundation rewards innovative ideas and approaches that involve interdisciplinary collaboration and apply a broad range of methods, building bridges across the boundaries of the sciences and humanities.


Three Film portraits of NOMIS distinguished scientists 2020

For the fourth consecutive year, Camera Arts will take on the production of three short film portraits of leading international scientists for the NOMIS Foundation. The CA-NOMIS project is an intensive adventure, offering a unique opportunity for young film makers to travel, meet the smartest people in science at leading research institutes in Europe and abroad, and take on the challenge of making three concise portraits of the NOMIS Award winners of 2020.

The NOMIS Award film project are a cross-over between educational and practice project. The CA-NOMIS collaboration offers participants the opportunity to refine their skills as visual storytellers and explore innovative ways of communicating science and fundamental research to a broad interested audience.


For this production we invite ambitious and passionate students and alumni at HSLU D&K to apply as makers and collaborators in various roles:

3 x Film / video makers
1 x Animator / Information designer / Scientific illustrator with animation skills
1 x Sound designer

Under the guidance of two senior international professionals in the fields of editorial design (Max Bruinsma, Amsterdam) and documentary movie (Christian Gropper ARD/arte), three students will be each responsible for the concept, direction and post-production of one video portrait, and participate and assist in the making of the other two portraits.

Furthermore, we invite animators / illustrators for the design and production of short animated visualizations of the core scientific processes in the work of the three scientists, which will be integrated in the video portraits. And musicians, composers, sound designers for the music score and sound design of the video portraits.
Apart from creative and operative skills, the capability to work in, and dialogue with the team is key.


The CA-NOMIS team 2018 in New York. (Photo: Severin Pomsel)

Project Planning Project 2020

Production will take place in July (filming) and August (post-production), with an introductory workshop at Camera Arts, mid-February and individual research in May.
The video portraits will be premiered at the NOMIS Awards ceremony in Zürich, early October, after which they will be published on NOMIS’ and CA’s websites.

Application deadline

Selection of CA-NOMIS team 2020

07 – 12.02.20
6-days kick-off and intensive preparation workshop

Meeting with the NOMIS Foundation and announcement of the NOMIS distinguished scientists 2019 and travel destinations

April – June
Research phase + Practical organisation and preparations

Film recording during three weeks international travels. Destinations are announced in March. This can be worldwide.

4-5 weeks intensive post-production in Media Lab

1 Sept. 2020
Delivery of the films and project archiving

Oct 2020
NOMIS Award Ceremony and screening of the film portraits.
Project closure and Evaluation


Applicants will be considered based on talent, skills, team spirit and openness to broadening their professional horizons and learning new approaches to documentary film making. The assignment is an intensive pressure-cooker project, which requires serious commitment and resilience of the participants.

All costs for travel, lodging and sustenance during the shooting of the videos will be covered.
The participating students will receive a stipend.
Applicants should include a brief statement outlining their motivation to join the project, a portfolio of relevant work, a CV (pdf documents + links)

Deadline for applications is Monday December 9th, 2019.
Please send your digital application and/or questions to Evert Ypma, course leader Camera Arts: evert.ypma@hslu.ch


11 Nobel laureates work or have worked at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego. Another five scientists trained at Salk have gone on to win Nobel prizes.

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