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Minsk fulldome festival to show films by arts students

Society 16.10.2019 | 18:03
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MINSK, 16 October (BelTA) – Students of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts will demonstrate their works at the 2nd Minsk International Fulldome Festival (MIFF) which will be held in Minsk on 18-20 October, BelTA learned from Minsk Planetarium.

Minsk Planetarium will host the festival promoting fulldome cinema for the second time. MIFF 2019 will bring together film makers and distributors who will show the best popular scientific documentaries, animated and short films.

This year's festival will be special thanks to participation of students of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, representatives of the planetarium noted. They worked together with specialists of Minsk Planetarium for six months: from getting familiar with fulldome cinema to creating 22 art projects. The MIFF 2019 film competition will feature three best students' works.

All in all, the festival received twice as many applications as last year. The film competition will include 43 fulldome films from 22 countries: Australia, Argentina, Belarus, the UK, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Canada, China, Colombia, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, the USA, Thailand, Ukraine, France, Czechia, Switzerland, South Korea, and Japan.

“One of the most popular categories this year is short films. The number of submitted applications greatly exceeded the number of possible participants. This is why we decided to introduce the category for the best art fulldome film. It will include immersive films that are both an experiment and an artistic statement,” representatives of the planetarium noted.

The competition will also choose the best documentary, animation, and short fulldome films. One more work will get the audience award. The festival director and the Dobra charity fund will also award a special prize. The winning film will be available for viewing in Minsk planetarium after the festival.

The jury will include: astronomer, associate professor at the Department of Physics of the Belarusian State University, PhD in Physics and Mathematics Maksim Shundalov; director of feature and animated films, screenwriter, poetess, prize winner and laureate of national and international film festivals Yelena Turova; and screenwriter, playwright, and journalist Aleksandr Bogdan.

The program of the festival will also feature meetings with film directors, master classes by experts, a concert, the professional workshop “Fulldome: Immersion into Visual Space” with lectures and presentations by specialists, an astrophotography exhibition, and a demonstration of modern achievements in fulldome cinema.

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