InScience Film Festival

InScience 2020

January 2020. The team of InScience meets to determine the theme for the sixth edition. We soon decided: transformation will be the theme, with the following statement:

Our Future in the Making

Not knowing that just three months later life and the world would look completely different. Also for InScience. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we were forced to replace the physical festival with an online edition.

About the festival

For the sixth edition of the festival, which took place from 11 to 22 November 2020, InScience introduced a new online platform. With this platform, we also brought our films, talks, interactives, and Big Ideas to our visitors’ homes!

Despite the fact that the cinemas were closed a week before the start of the festival and the program went completely online, we have welcomed more than 8000 visitors. And that’s not even counting the 44,000 viewers to the NPO2 premiere of the InScience film Indian Space Dreams. National media such as NOS news, Radio 1, De Volkskrant, De Telegraaf and New Scientist reported about InScience.

InScience on Tour

In addition to the main location in Nijmegen, we organized no fewer than ten satellite editions in other university cities: Amsterdam, Delft, Eindhoven, Groningen, Maastricht, Rotterdam, Tilburg, Twente, Utrecht, Wageningen. The programs in these cities featured the best films from the InScience program with additional talks and were organized in collaboration with universities, colleges, and local cinemas. Because the cinemas were allowed to open again from November 17, it was possible to successfully continue six of the ten editions!

260 submissions, 14 films screened

8 premieres, of which 1 worldpremiere

64 speakers

6 interactives en special events

The theme and campaign 

The corona pandemic gives an idea of what a radically different way of life can mean, both for individuals and for society. Is this the moment when we can make the major revolution that the climate needs? At InScience we feel the necessity and urgency of this theme. That is why this year we are carrying out the statement ‘Our Future in the Making’ and we are stepping into the spotlight ourselves: the faces wearing this statement in the InScience 2020 campaign belong to the people behind the festival.

Jury & Awards

The films from the competition program had a chance to win the NTR De Kennis van Nu Audience Award, the Student Jury Award, and the InScience Jury Award. InScience also awards the Klokhuis Wetenschapsprijs. View the 2020 winners here.

NTR De Kennis Van Nu Audience Award

Which film is most liked by InScience visitors? A selection of the best science films has a chance to win this audience award.

InScience Jury Award

The InScience Jury Award was presented for the second time in 2020. The jury consisted of three professionals with different expertise: this year Robbert Dijkgraaf, Maartje Nevejan, and Patricia Pisters.

Student Jury Award

InScience Student Jury consists of five students from colleges and universities in the province of Gelderland. Through the Student Jury, InScience encourages young people to be more involved in science.

Klokhuis Wetenschapsprijs

With the Klokhuis Wetenschapsprijs, Het Klokhuis and InScience reward interesting and relevant scientific research for children aged 9 to 12 years.

  • ‘Hoe lezen tweetalige kinderen in Friesland?’ / Dr. Evelyn Bosma en Naomi Nota (Universiteit Leiden / Universiteit Utrecht / Radboud Universiteit / Max Planck Institute)

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