The annual FullDome-Festival at the Zeiss-Planetarium Jena is a key event for professionals and activists in the emerging field of 360-degree immersive multimedia productions. The purpose of the Festival is to showcase recent fulldome productions and to provide an open platform to promote the art, the business and the future of fulldome. v Now in its eighth year of existence, the festival has attracted thousands of visitors and gained international reputation. No other festival in the world has raised more prize money as a material reward for fulldome artists. The festival’s own “Janus Fulldome-Awards” have become sought after prizes that acknowledge excellence and creativity in fulldome productions.
The Jena FullDome-Festival wants to encourage people from planetariums, fulldome theatres, universities, museums, creative artists, digital dancers, pioneers, vendors and visionaries to explore and embrace fulldome as an immersive art form, educational tool and mind altering experience for all the senses.
Visitors to the festival will watch and assess international fulldome shows, meet professional, student and independent producers and participate in hands-on workshops, making-of sessions, presentations and expert talks. The Festival is dedicated to sounding out the potential of the fulldome medium, trying out new ideas, approaches and technical tools. The meeting of kindred spirits, getting to know inspiring ideas and finding support for collaborative projects across various disciplines have been noted as characteristic features of the Jena FullDome-Festival.
All of the above plus an element of unpredictable surprise makes a visit of the festival worthwhile, if not mandatory.
The grand opening of the 8th FullDome Festival on May 21st will feature a special theatrical performance (“Kometentanz”) in the dome of the Jena Planetarium. From May 22 to 24, full-length feature shows, short films and clips will be presented and assessed. Friday night, May 23 will feature creative productions by students from Germany and abroad. The festival brochure, to be published shortly before the Festival, will detail the whole program with shows, short films, student works and workshops.
The best Festival contributions will be judged by an international panel and awarded by criteria of content and treatment, technical implementation, artistic design, creativity, originality, narrative quality, entertainment value, and general contribution to the advancement of the fulldome medium. At the Festival Gala on May 24, 2014, the FullDome Festival will present »Janus Awards«, Honorable Mentions, and Student Finalists. The Audience Award will be determined by ballot exclusively by the audience present at the FullDome Festival Gala.
FullDome Festival categories and show times
Full-length feature shows
Shows running between 20 and 50 min: The productions in this category chosen by the jury must be released not earlier than January 1, 2013. All shows are publicly shown in full length in the Feature Show Program in the morning and afternoons hours of Thursday, May 22 till Saturday May 24, 2014. Best shows will be awarded at the Festival Gala, May 24, 2014.
Fulldome short films and clips
Short films running maximum 15 min: The entries chosen by the jury will be shown publicly on the evening of Thursday, May 22, 2014. A “best-of” selection of short films in this category will be publicly shown in full at the Festival Gala on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Student fulldome productions
Student contributions running for a maximum of 5 min each: The entries chosen by the jury are shown in public and rated by audience poll during the Students’ Night on Friday, May 23, 2014. Outstanding contributions will be shown at the Festival Gala on Saturday and are short-listed for the jury’s and the audience’s FullDome Awards.
Sessions every morning from May 22 till May 24, 2014: Workshops will be held on a variety of fulldome related topics. Suggestions for speakers and subjects should be entered by March 28, 2014. Most workshops will not take place in the planetarium dome. Workshop contributions are not eligible for awards.
FullDome Festival Gala – Janus Award Ceremony
Saturday night, May 24, 2014: This event will present outstanding student contributions, clips and short films from all areas of the fulldome medium as short-listed by the jury and the festival organizers, as well as the award-winning full-length feature show(s). The jury will assign the FullDome Awards for student works (“Crea-tive Award” and “Performance Award”), and the spectators will confer the “Audience Award” by ballot. Further Fulldome Awards shall be presented.