At the beginning of 2014 we got an idea to organize, with the help of the company Nowatron Electronik, a mini festival show 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, traveling 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 isn’t 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 didn’t forget anyone. And if we did, we apologize.
During April 13 and 14, 2015 there were 38 shows screened in the dome of the Brno Observatory and Planetarium, which took in total 16 hours and 29 minutes. The original shows came from Australia, Japan, Thailand, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, France and the United States. The producers of the shows traveled all across the world, too. The Central European Fulldome Festival Brno 2015 was visited by 95 planetarians from all over Europe. And there were three dozens of public visitors, too. The festival awards included three prizes in the form of glass fortunetelling balls. The Audience Award went to the show Polaris, the Space Submarine and the Mystery of the Polar Night. The Brno Observatory and Planetarium Director’s Award went to the show Habitat Earth. And the Best Movie Award of the international jury went to the show Dream to Fly.
The international jury was chaired by Pamela Gay, an American astronomer and science populariser, podcaster, writer and author of open science projects for the general public. On the last day, the festival jury was joined by Lawrence M. Krauss, an American theoretical physicist and cosmologist. In addition to the festival prizes, there were several deals already made during the festival or shortly after its end. After all, that’s what such a festival is about – producers offering their goods and planetarians looking for the best shows for their planetariums.
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 didn’t 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 Audience Award went to the show Solar Superstorms. The Brno Observatory and Planetarium Director’s Award went to the Incoming!. And the Best Educational Production Award sponsored by the IPS-Eugenides Foundation went to The man from the 9 dimensions.
IPS Fulldome Festival Brno 2016 Numbers
28 April, 2015 an offer from the IPS to organize a fulldome festival
16 newsletters sent to 543 subscribers during the year
51 bottles of white wine Zweigeltrebe drunk during the festival
312 pints of Dalešice beer drunk during the festival
183 chicken legs eaten during the festival lunch on Wednesday
45.2 TB of data on the planetarium hard discs occupied by the festival shows
1,560 hours of computing time for preparation of the festival projection
8 people controlling the screened shows during the festival
22 people ensuring trouble-free operation of the festival
10 summer beds available during the festival
28 °C the highest temperature during the festival
11 °C the lowest temperature during the festival
52 km/h the highest wind speed during the festival
150,000 viewers of the firework show on Wednesday
But the story continues…