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2024 - Special FullDome Year!
Each year is special, but 2024 will be super special for Jena FullDome Festival friends! Here is why.
The regular, 18th. FullDome Festival is happening May 23-26 2024 at the Zeiss-Planetarium Jena. It will feature all the highlights that old and new visitors have come to expect: Fulldome films and premiere shows in various categories, Frameless Forum talks and panels, immersive live performances in the night, professional meetings with collegues and artists and unexpected friendly surprises inbetween.
If you realize you haven’t registered your work to be part of the program, go to: SUBMIT
Tickets for the May 23-26 2024 FullDome Festival are only available in our online ticket shop, which will open soon, promised!

2024 Double chance: IPS Special in July!
The festival in May is not all there is in 2024! A few months later, July 18-20 2024, we are honored to be curating a special program for the delegates of the conference of the International Planetarium Society (IPS). Program | IPS 2024
The meeting of representatives from all around the Planetarium world starts in Jena and will then migrate to Berlin where the program continues July 21-24.

Tickets for the July 2024 IPS Special FullDome Festival are only available through thge IPS. Wait for announcements. https://www.ips-planetarium.org/

All films accepted for the regular Jena FullDome Festival in May are automatically eligible to be included in the special IPS-FullDome Festival, July 18.-20..This implies that who ever wants their show to be part of the IPS-Event in July, will have to go through the the regular FullDome Festival submission process.

Who is in the 2024 jury?
Three international experts will view and assess all FullDome Festival submissions submissions and pick the best for the JANUS-Awards. It was decided with the IPS organizers, that the actual JANUS-Award ceremony will take place at the Zeiss-Planetarium Jena a spart oft he IPS conference on July 19th. 2024, 7 p.m. EST. The announcements will be streamed live from Jena to the rest of the world.
Whatever the jury decides will be kept top secret until the official Award ceremony in Jena. All fulldome shows nominated for a JANUS-Award by the jury will be shown in the IPS Fulldome best of program.
We are honored and thankful that these three individuals dedicate their time and expertise to serve in the 2024 jury.
May we introduce:

Dan Tell


Dan Tell is Manager of Planetarium Engineering for Alexander F. Morrison Planetarium, Hohfeld Hall and immersive venues at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. His planetarium career has focused on empowering presentations through technology and integration of astronomical data into simulation software systems, with special focus on using geospatial data to drive immersive storytelling on Earth and other worlds.

He has served as President of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association, the oldest and largest of the United States’ regional planetarium organizations, where he also served as Secretary and has been recognized as a Fellow. Dan has served on advisory committees for the International Planetarium Society including the Vision 2020 and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committees.

Dan’s career as a planetarian began in 2003 as a high school intern at the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium in Grand Rapids. Since then has had a hand in creating hundreds of live shows, events and lectures in addition to dozens of recorded shows from traditional slide-based programs to modern fulldome video productions. This has included collaborative projects with planetariums around the world, and with other immersive venues, such as the 3D theater at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center visitor complex, and DeepSpace8K presentations for the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.


Dr. Michaela French


Dr. Michaela French is an artist, lecturer and researcher working with light and time-based media across a broad range of artistic contexts. Her artistic practice is grounded in an ecological systems-based approach. Michaela produces innovative artworks for museums and gallery exhibitions and creates award-winning immersive media experiences in 360° fulldome space. In addition, she designs and facilitates participatory workshops through her Ecological Artistic Observatory research platform.

Michaela has worked in the fulldome sector for over twenty years. She collaborated on the world’s first 360° fulldome video artistic research project and has written, directed and designed award-winning fulldome films. Michaela is a committed advocate for the creative potential of fulldome as an artistic medium, and is co-founder and chair of the Fulldome Creative Network.


Ralph Heinsohn

Ralph Heinsohn is professor for audiovisual media at Aalen University in Germany. As a Designer, Producer und Curator of immersive Media he has produced award-winning fulldome-shows, founded and directed the section of immersive media at one of germanys oldest film festivals, the Nordic Film Days Lübeck und managed the digitalisation of the so-called „Sternkammer", the worlds oldest school planetarium from 1931 at the GGS school in the city of Lübeck, Germany. Until March 2023 he was Creative Director of the Science Dome at Germany's largest science center, the experimenta Heilbronn. At Aalen University he represents the field of Audiovisual Media for the study courses „User Experience Design“ and „Information Design" and he is head of the university's Central Media Lab. His focus is the strategic development of immersive media and their implementation in enterprises, culture and science communication.
Hochschule Aalen - Prof. Ralph Heinsohn (hs-aalen.de)

Our festival jury will chose the winners of the JANUS-Awards in these categories:

Best Fulldome Short
Best Fulldome Feature
Best Fulldome Art and Experiment
Best Fulldome New Talent
Best Science and Education
Best Fulldome Innovation
Special Jury Selection

Fulldome Audio Award (Will be decided by a jury of sound specialists)
Fulldome Live Act Award (Will be decided by the festival directors)


The Jena FullDome Festival, founded in 2007, provides an open platform to present and praise immersive media, electronic arts, science, business and the exploration of fun and future in full dome.

We invite media artists, Planetarium people, science and music visualizers, interdisciplinary researchers, dome VJs, 360° performers, spatial sound creators and pioneers of immersive technologies from all around the world to show their work and share their ideas, live and surround, beyond the flat frame paradigm.

The Jena FullDome Festival is teaming up with partner festivals on three continents to form the Co-op of International Fulldome Festivals. 2021 was the first year that four festivals on three continents shared the #BestOfEarth selection in their venues, with 19 fulldome films nominated for the BestOfEarth Awards, The story of the Co-op of International Fulldome Festivals will continue. The next BestOfEarth festival is scheduled for 2023.

Our international community includes people from:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brasil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ehtiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenia, Kosovo, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Wales, Ukraine, USA