The Brno Observatory and Planetarium has hosted 152 planetarians and fulldome fans from all over the world, who have see in total 66 shows for digital planetariums during 26 hours and 25 minutes. The festival 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. So, who are the winners of the three festival prizes in the shape of crystal balls?
The Audience Award
A co-production of Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, and Thomas Lucas Productions, in association with Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado (Boulder)
The festival visitors handed in 1998 voting cards, on which they gave each show from 0 to 5 points. The highest average number of points 4.138 was given to the show Solar Superstorms.
The Best Educational Production Award sponsored by the IPS-Eugenides Foundation
The man from the 9 dimensions
Producer National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
The international jury decided to award The Man from the 9 dimensions because it brings a fresh insight and sparks curiosity about the most complex and deepest questions regarding us, the universe and „the theory of everything“. The show is engaging and the story attracts the attention of the audience in a very fascinating way. The visuals and the music of the show enhance its educational elements and it also makes a very creative use of the fulldome environment.
The Brno Observatory and Planetarium Director’s Award
Producer the California Academy of Sciences
It is the first minute that makes a whole show successful. And there was no doubt in this case. An amazing scene followed by another one and another one… High quality animations from the beginning until the very end. A great show! The Brno Observatory and Planetarium Director’s Award is this year, for the first time, connected with a financial reward in the form of a one year license. The show Incoming! will be introduced to the viewers in Brno in a few months.