At the beginning of 2014 we got an idea to organize, with the help of the company Nowatron Electronik, a mini festival of the company Mirage IIID. Thank you Robert and Peter! Robin Sip, the founder of Mirage IIID, not only agreed with our idea, but he personally came to visit this festival. During one day there were about sixty visitors, who saw 6 shows.
And it was Robin Sip, who, travelling with us in a car, said, Why don’t you organize your own fulldome festival? Before we reached our destination, we set the basic rules of a new festival. No lectures, no workshops, only shows, shows and shows! Of course, it is not entirely true now, but fulldome shows for digital planetariums are really the priority of our festival. And we prefer shows with stories, which, hope not offending anyone, excludes experimental shows and school projects.
The first Central European Fulldome Festival Brno 2015 was held in April 2015. We must say we were surprised by the confidence a lot of big producers had in us – thank you very much, especially to those who personally came to the festival: Christophe Bertier, Benjamin Cabut, Thomas Kraupe, Maciej Ligowski, Adam Majorosi, Akemi Makado, Ken Miller, Peter Popp and Ryan Wyatt… And at the distance but still very helpful, it was Mike Bruno. Hope we did not forget anyone. And if we did, we apologize.
Not more than two weeks after the Central European Fulldome Festival Brno 2015, we had a phone call from the International Planetarium Society and got an offer to organize the IPS Fulldome Festival Brno 2016. We did not hesitate a minute. The IPS Fulldome Festival Brno 2016 was held from 15 to 17 June, 2016 and the competition part of the festival included shows from producers from over 15 countries. The furthest places the festival visitors came from were New Zealand and Brazil. A lot of the shows came from Japan, South Korea, China and the United States. Each film brought its viewers a breathtaking experience, a fantastic story of the world, of which we can see just a little part over our heads every night. The Fulldome Festival Brno 2017 was held from 7 to 9 June, 2017 and it was supported by the IPS. More than 120 participants came to see 41 fulldome shows, while the farthest away participants were from Argentina and Japan.
Our Fulldome Festival Brno has only one aim. It is to connect the producers of amazing shows for digital planetariums with the operators of such planetariums. We do not have to organize any lectures or workshops and we do not need to move the limits of this technology further on. The others at the other festivals do it better than us. And we would like to thank them for that.
In our Brno Observatory and Planetarium, we just love audiovisual technology of digital planetariums. The festival is a sort of a harvest feast with the last year’s crop. It is the celebration of all skilful creators and all planetarium operators, who, not always working in easy conditions, support people’s interest in stars… and actually in the whole universe.