June 09, 2022
#BestOfEarth returns!

#BestOfEarth
will return in 2023!

#BestOfEarth is a global fulldome awards ceremony, created in 2021 by four founding international fulldome festivals:

Fulldome UK, Fulldome Festival Jena, Dome Fest West, and Dome Under Festival.

The first #BestOfEarth awards ceremony and screening programme took place simultaneously at the venues of the four founding festivals. The award ceremony and announcements were streamed live on October 9th, 2021, and viewed all around the world.

In 2023, #BestOfEarth will evolve to become a stand-alone awards ceremony. And the date has been set:

March 25th, 2023

In order for a film to qualify for nomination to the #BestOfEarth awards jury, the film must have previously been screened at one of the four founding festivals during 2022. Those four festivals, and their dates, are below:

FullDome Festival
Jena, Germany
May 11-15, 2022

Dome Fest West
Los Angeles, USA
October 6-9, 2022

Fulldome UK
Plymouth, United Kingdon
November 4-12, 2022

Dome Under Festival
Melbourne, Australia
(Dates TBC)

So don't forget to submit your film to all of the above festivals, even if you have already submitted to one of them already. The more often you submit, the greater the chance your film will be screened at one of these festivals, and therefore qualify for nomination to #BestOfEarth 2023.

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October 05, 2021
Catch #BestOfEarth Online!

#BestOfEarth Stream Available Online During
Dome Fest West

Understanding that COVID is making travel very hard for many people, we've teamed up with the other #BestOfEarth festivals to offer a ticked live stream of the 19 Best Of Earth nominated films. These films can be seen at different times throughout the Oct 8-10 weekend, strategically planned for a screening of each Best Of Earth block during primetime. An Awards ceremony revealing the #BestOfEarth award winners will be live streamed on Saturday, 2pm (PT) on October 9th via YouTube. 
 

#BestOfEarth Awards Livestream

 

Artists, techs, innovators, planetarians, immersive media visionaries and the general public from around the world are invited to tune-in.

The #Best of Earth awards honor excellence, creativity and innovation in fulldome media. Award winners will be selected by an independent jury of immersive media professionals chosen by the participating film festivals. #Best of Earth Jury members are:

 

Kelley Francis, Fulldome Creative, US

Michaela French, Leeds Arts University, UK

Volkmar Schorcht, ZEISS, Germany

Gordon Kurowski, CalArts, Los Angeles, California, US

Alicia Sometimes, Melbourne, Australia

 

The Awards will be announced in an event on October 9th, 2021, streamed live from the Zeiss-Grossplanetarium Berlin, for free all around the world on youtube.

 

https://www.domefestwest.com/

https://fulldome-festival.de/

https://www.fulldome.org.uk/

https://museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/whats-on/dome-under-festival/

 

Background and mission statement: https://fulldome-festival.de/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/BestOfEarth-Announcement-May-4-v1-3.pdf

Aug 17, 2021
See The Best in 2021

2021 #BestOfEarth Official Selections
Announced

Four leading festivals on three continents, the co-operative of International fulldome festivals with Dome Fest West, Los Angeles, USA; FullDome Festival, Jena, Germany; Fulldome UK, Plymouth,  UK; Dome Under Festival, Melbourne, Australia—are honored to announce the official nominations for the #BestOfEarth awards in 6 categories:   
 

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

 

A Toothless Grin
Kristin Jakubek
 

Astro
Zhang Weidi
 

Ayahuasca - Kosmik Journey Dome Experience

Atlas V, a_BAHN, Small

 

Beautifica
James Hood

 

Déjà

Juro Carl Anton Reinhardt & Radu Paul Simon

 

Flow - Visions of Time

Rocco Helmchen & Johannes Kraas

 

Guarania

Perez Diego

 

Hayabusa2 - Reborn

LiVE Company Ltd.

 

In the Land of the Flabby Schnoock

Francis Gelinas

Labyrinth

Sergey Prokofyev

 

Legend of the Enchanted Reef

Peter Popp

 

Living Worlds

Ryan Wyatt

 

Narcissus

Daniel Robert

 

New World

Natalia Oliwiak

 

Polydomous

Janire Najera

 

Site-inflexion

Kusch Martin

Supremation - The Day Before

Sergey Prokofyev

 

Tycho Goes To Mars

Warik Lawrance

Uninhabited Memories

Rubiano Juan

The co-operative of International fulldome festivals are excited to include these #BestOfEarth films as part of their in-person programming. The #BestOfEarth program can be viewed in-house by local audiences of each partner film festival, as well as be available worldwide via a ticketed live-stream in 360-format for global audiences.

 

Artists, techs, innovators, planetarians, immersive media visionaries and the general public are invited to attend.

The #Best of Earth awards honor excellence, creativity and innovation in fulldome media. Award winners will be selected by an independent jury of immersive media professionals chosen by the participating film festivals. #Best of Earth Jury members are:

 

Kelley Francis, Fulldome Creative, US

Michaela French, Leeds Arts University, UK

Volkmar Schorcht, ZEISS, Germany

Gordon Kurowski, CalArts, Los Angeles, California, US

Alicia Sometimes, Melbourne, Australia

 

The Awards will be announced in an event on October 9th, 2021, streamed live from the Zeiss-Grossplanetarium Berlin, for free all around the world.

 

https://www.domefestwest.com/

https://fulldome-festival.de/

https://www.fulldome.org.uk/

https://museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/whats-on/dome-under-festival/

 

Background and mission statement: https://fulldome-festival.de/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/BestOfEarth-Announcement-May-4-v1-3.pdf

2021 #BestOfEarth Judges

Alicia Sometimes

Alicia Sometimes is a writer and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word and poetry at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems and more. She is director and co-writer of the science-poetry planetarium shows, Elemental and Particle/Wave. Particle/Wave has had sellout seasons at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, World Science Festival Brisbane and National Science Week (Australia). It has also played at New Scientist Live (2019) and Jena Fulldome Festival (2019). Her TedxUQ talk in 2019 was about combining art with science.

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Michaela French

Michaela French is an artist, lecturer and researcher working with light and time-based media across a range of artistic and creative contexts. She creates innovative artworks and award-winning moving image experiences for fulldome immersive media spaces, gallery exhibition and live performance. Michaela’s artistic practice is grounded in an ecological systems-based approach and the principles of reciprocity and mutuality are central to her enquiry.
Michaela has worked in the fulldome sector for twenty years. She collaborated on the world’s first 360° fulldome video artistic research project, and has written, directed and designed numerous award-winning fulldome films. Michaela is a committed advocate for the creative potential of fulldome as an artistic medium. In 2014, Michaela established the Fulldome Research Group and is co-founder and chair of the Fulldome Creative Network. Michaela is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Arts University, UK. A portfolio of her artistic practice is available at michaelafrench.com.

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Kelley Francis

Kelley Francis is a global fulldome professional, based in the Southwest USA who works in multimedia to re-awaken our passion for the natural world around us. Her work on projects span the medium from big corporate installations, to more intimate and experimental avant-guard multisensory live performances intended for single-users. A desert-dweller, Kelley has returned to her cowgirl upbringing and hometown in Cave Creek, Arizona where there in the Sonoran Desert she's launched Fulldome Creative; a virtual vessel for fostering the creative side of this brilliant medium, world-wide.

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Gordon Kurowski

Gordon Kurowski is the Chief Video Engineer and an instructor at CalArts. Gordon helped guide CalArts during the last 25 years through the transition from analog to digital to immersive content, working with collaborators across all schools. He has taught college courses in digital photography, multimedia, and video production and co-taught three classes in immersive media in collaboration with Vortex Immersion Media exploring dome exhibition, culminating with end-of-year public exhibitions of student content at the Vortex Dome LA. As a musician and sound artist, Gordon also creates live improvisational soundscapes in solo performance and ensembles with tenor sax, baroque recorders, theremin, electric bass and external processors.

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Volkmar Schorcht

Studies in the Astronomy/Physics faculty at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. 1982 scientific-technical associate at ZEISS in the sales department for astronomical instruments and planetariums. Additional studies in economics/marketing. 1985 Director Zeiss-Planetarium Jena. 1990 additional qualification as application engineer, since then uninterrupted employment in the Planetariums sales department at ZEISS with changing responsibilities (product applications, project management, product development, sales, marketing, executive producer). Member of the Society of German-Speaking Planetariums (GDP) and the International Planetarium Society (IPS). Various voluntary activities (e.g. board of the Society for Astronomical Education in Thuringia, organization Astrodidaktica, board of the Jena Art Society, organization FullDome Festival Jena). Passionate collector of Art Nouveau art glass.

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May 04, 2021
Dome Fest West is honored to be a part of
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The #BestOfEarth Partnership & Competition

Four leading Fulldome festivals on three continents are joining to present the world’s best 360° fulldome and immersive media showcase:

 

Dome Fest West, Los Angeles, USA

FullDome Festival, Jena, Germany

Fulldome UK, Plymouth, UK

Dome Under Festival, Melbourne, Australia 

 

The Co-Op of International Fulldome Festivals are excited to include the #BestOfEarth program in its entirety as part of their existing programming. The #BestOfEarth program can be viewed in-house by local audiences, as well as be available worldwide via a ticketed live-stream in 360-format for global audiences. 

All four film festivals will run concurrently between October 8 -10 2021. Each festival will include the #Best of Earth as an integral part of their overall program. In addition to fulldome films, the BestOfEarth program will feature panels to discuss immersive media and the art & business of fulldome. Artists, techs,  innovators, planetarium people, and other 360°-visionaries are invited.

 

All selected shows included in the #BestOfEarth programs are eligible for Fulldome Awards given out in the name of all festivals. A #BestOfEarth Award Ceremony will be streamed live globally and without charge from the Zeiss-Großplanetarium in Berlin. The winners will be decided by an international jury of experts.

 

Fulldome producers all around the world may apply to have their shows (created after January 2020) included in the #BestOfEarth program in the categories of Full-length feature show (over 20 min), Short film (20 min maximum), and Student films (5 min maximum). Detailed Submission Guidelines, Data format and deadlines are available via official links below.

The Co-op of International Fulldome Festivals is to benefit fulldome immersive media in general, fulldome  artists in particular, educational institutions, planetariums, science and art, businesses, and general interest. The festival partners recognize that combining their efforts maximizes the outreach to audiences worldwide and promotes the fulldome medium in a way that could not be achieved by a single festival on its own.

For more information and submission guidelines, see links below:

 

Submission Guidelines

https://drive.google.com/file/d/10DGquTr1uYfsJpTIJaUYqa5j4RtfJyUP/view?usp=sharing


 

Dome Fest West, Los Angeles, USA

https://www.domefestwest.com/

 

FullDome Festival, Jena, Germany

https://fulldome-festival.de/

 

Fulldome UK, Plymouth, UK

https://www.fulldome.org.uk/

 

Dome Under Festival, Melbourne, Australia 

https://museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/whats-on/dome-under-festival/

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