Pavel Karas-Fulldomer
Czech Republic
June 12, 2018

Record Breaking Fulldome Festival Brno 2018

A total of 169 registered visitors saw 37 new shows for digital planetariums from European, Asian and American producers. The farthest away visitors came from Chile and Japan, the longest show lasted 50 minutes and the shortest clip was just 95 seconds long. The prizes, from professional public, the international jury and the director of the Brno Observatory and Planetarium, were awarded to four shows. There were 37 shows from 20 countries (Poland, Belarus, Japan, USA, France, Germany, Ukraine, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Canada, China, Portugal, England, Spain, Mexico and Czech Republic). If you wanted to see all of them, you would have to get ready for 14 hours of continuous projection! The total data stored on Brno digital planetarium data storage reached 30 terabyte. The special guests of the Fulldome Festival Brno 2018 included, for example, Ryan Wyatt from the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, Kai IpLau Patrick from the Hong Kong Space Museum, Yuka Sato from the Japanese company GOTO, Alejandro Bascuñán from Planetario de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile and Dan Neafus, the founder of the company IMERSA. And there were 169 registered visitors from all the continents, except for Antarctica (120 in 2017, 152 in 2016).

Audience Award

Explore Produced by: Creative Planet, Maciej Ligowski The festival visitors handed in exactly 812 voting cards awarding each show from 0 to 5 points. They gave the highest score of 4.8 points to the show Explore. Other shows with the highest score were:
  • Expedition Reef
  • Lucia, the secret of the shooting stars
  • Horizon: Beyond the Edge of the Visible Universe

Brno Observatory and Planetarium Director’s Award

Lucia, the secret of the shooting stars Produced by: Saint-Etienne Planetarium Production The Brno Observatory and Planetarium will put on the show this autumn.

Best Movie Award

Expedition Reef Produced by: Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, Ryan Wyatt HORIZON: Beyond the Edge of the Visible Universe Produced by: Live / GOTO INC, Hiromitsu Kohsaka The shows were chosen, to their best knowledge and believe, by the international jury consisting of Mr. Thomas Kraupe, Director of Planetarium Hamburg, the most visited planetarium in Germany and in Europe, Mr. Yuri Kostenko, CEO of the Ukrainian company Front Pictures, which develops software and hardware for digital planetariums, and Mr. Jakub Rozehnal, Director of Prague Observatory and Planetarium. Usually, there is only one international jury prize awarded at the Fulldome Festival Brno, but the jury expressed their wish to award two prizes because in both cases the shows were of exceptional quality. The finalists for this award were the following shows (in alphabetical order):
  • Expedition Reef / produced by Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, directed by Ryan Wyatt
  • Explore / Creative Planet, directed by Maciej Ligowski
  • Horizon: Beyond the Edge of the Visible Universe / Live Company Ltd., GOTO INC, directed by Hiromitsu Kohsaka
  • Lucia, the secret of the shooting stars / Saint-Etienne Planetarium Production
  • Our Violent Planet / Fulldome Studio DN, directed by Iryna Filipova
  • Robinson Girl / Brno Observatory and Planetarium, directed by Petr Hloušek
  • VOYAGER: Never-Ending Journey / UMA Vision, directed by Yuriy Gapon
Congratulations to all winners! The Fulldome Festival Brno and Digi Fest are organized under the patronage of Mr. Robert Plaga, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Mr Petr Vokřál, Mayor of the Statutory City of Brno, and Mr. Bohumil Šimek, President of South Moravian Region. The general partners of the Fulldome Festival Brno 2018 were the companies Front Pictures Inc. and RSA Cosmos. The partners of the festival were Evans & Sutherland, GOTO, mapcards.net, Nowatron Elektronik, Planetarium of the University of Santiago de Chile, SkySkan and Spitz. The festival was financially supported by the statutory city of Brno. The Fulldome Festival Brno is also supported by the International Planetarium Society and the marketing and destination company SNIP & Co.

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