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IMPORTANT: Due to the ongoing bad pandemic situation in the Czech Republic, it is still strictly prohibited to hold public events and festivals. Unfortunately our Blacksphere team was forced to make the final part of the Blacksphere Festival online as well. The final part of the festival will therefore take place EXCEPTIONALLY online 11.–20. 6. 2021. We were also forced to adjust the terms and the conditions of the festival. Detailed information about the changes of the final part of the festival is explained below.

Due to this unfortunate situation, we decided not to charge any submission fee for the next year’s Blacksphere festival. Next year the final part of Blacksphere festival will again be in a form of live screening at the Tančírna in Račí údolí in June 2022. You can apply for the next year’s Blacksphere FREE OF CHARGE via FilmFreeway.

BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL

  • The program committee selects a maximum of 200 films which are screened as part of the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL and will receive the Official Selection of Online Screening Witching Hour BLACKSPHERE laurels.
  • Based on the number of views, the 100 most successful films are selected, and screened at the BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL. Those 100 finalists receive the Finalist of Witching Hour BLACKSPHERE laurels.
  • The 3 most viewed films will furthermore receive the official BLACKSPHERE diploma and the Winner of Online Screening Witching Hour BLACKSPEHERE laurels.
  • One best film is selected by the festival’s expert jury. The winner receives the main cash prize 800 EUR, the BLACKSPHERE festival trophy, the official diploma and the Winner of Live Screening Witching Hour BLACKSPHERE laurel.
  • One best film is selected by the audience vote. The winner receives 200 EUR cash prize, the BLACKSPHERE festival trophy, the official diploma and the Winner of Live Screening Witching Hour BLACKSPHERE laurel.

ABOUT

BLACKSPHERE is an international film festival which offers both an online platform for film viewing and a live screening as part of the festival’s finale. It consists of two parts. The first part – the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL – takes place online. The second part – BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL – consists of a 3 days film marathon which will take place in June 2021 in the Czech Republic and where select films will be screened. Due to the unfortunate pandemic situation, the screening of the second part of the festival will take place EXCEPTIONALLY online 11.–20. 6. 2021.

The selection process of the audiovisual works is as follows: A jury of European experts selects maximum of 200 works from all the received films, each of which are made available for viewing for a period of 7 days between September 2020 and May 2021 as part of the BLACKSPHERE online platform at the online television website www.binarycode.one. One film is added every day and is made available for free online viewing for a period of 7 days. Then, based on the number of viewings, 100 most popular films are chosen and screened in June 2021 as part of the BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL marathon which will take place in the Czech Republic. Due to the unfortunate pandemic situation, the screening of the second part of the festival will take place EXCEPTIONALLY online. Towards the end of the BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL, the 100 screened films will compete for two awards – the Jury award and the Audience award.

The final part of the festival will exceptionally take place online 11.–20. 6. 2021. Watching the 100 finalist’s movies is for free for everyone and without registration. For voting option user will need to create a registration. It will be necessary to create a registration to vote for the Audience Award. Each registered viewer will have 3 votes which can be given to any film. It is not possible to give more than one vote to the same movie by the same user. The film with the highest number of votes at the end of the festival wins the Audience award: 200 EUR, Blacksphere trophy, official diploma and laurel. The Jury prize for the best Blacksphere film will be announced at the end of the festival: 800 EUR, a Blacksphere trophy, official diploma and a laurel.

AWARDS AND PRIZES

In June 2021, the following prizes will be handed out:

BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL

  • BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL Jury Award: 800 EUR cash prize, trophy BLACKSPHERE, official diploma and laurel.
  • BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL Audience Award: 200 EUR cash prize, trophy BLACKSPHERE, official diploma and laurel.

BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL:

  • BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL 1st place: official diploma and laurel.
  • BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL 2nd place: official diploma and laurel.
  • BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL 3rd place: official diploma and laurel.
  • BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL 100 online finalists: advance to the final part of the festival and laurels.

LAURELS

  • Winner of Witching Hour BLACKSPHERE – Jury award
  • Winner of Witching Hour BLACKSPHERE – Audience award
  • Winner of Online Screening Witching Hour BLACKSPHERE – 1st place
  • Winner of Online Screening Witching Hour BLACKSPHERE – 2nd place
  • Winner of Online Screening Witching Hour BLACKSPHERE – 3rd place
  • Finalist of Witching Hour BLACKSPHERE – 100 finalists of the online part of the festival Official Selection of Online Screening Witching Hour BLACKSPHERE – 200 finalists advancing to the online part of the festival

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The conditions for taking part in the BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL are simple and as follows.

  • 1) Every applicant must also be the owner of the received audiovisual work or must have permission by the author to distribute their work.
  • 2) Everyone has the right to submit their audiovisual work without any limits as to genre, length, date of production, age of either the creators or their work, but under the condition that they feel their film achieves the required level of film quality.
  • 3) Any student, amateur, or professional film can be submitted, and can have any length and be of any genre.
  • 4) We accept audiovisual works created by means of any technique or style of narration. All live-action, animated, documentary works, both narrative and non-narrative, are welcome.
  • 5) We accept films rated G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17.
  • 6) The date of completion is not important.
  • 7) Films containing dialogues must be submitted with English subtitles.
  • 8) The limit for the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL screening is 200 films. These films will be selected by an expert European jury from all the films submitted.
  • 9) The limit for the BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL is 100 films. These films will be selected from the 200 films screened as part of the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL, based on the number of audience views.
  • 10) All 200 selected films for the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL are uploaded onto the BLACKSPHERE online platform where each film is made available for a period of seven days. The 100 films with the highest number of views on the BLACKSPHERE online platform will advance to BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL. The BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL is part of the online television website www.binarycode.one and are part of their program which aims to support creativity, art and cultural development.
  • 11) There are no restrictions for accepting films which may have been previously screened at cinemas, festivals, museums, etc.
  • 12) The submitted audiovisual work is not supposed to be freely accessible for online viewing, but this in itself is not a condition for the film’s disqualification from the event.
  • 13) The sign-up fees are non-refundable, even in the case that the submitted work will not have been selected.
  • 14) If the film is selected for the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL, the contributor will be contacted regarding additional information and regarding the method of sending the film for purposes of screening at the online television website www.binarycode.one.
  • 15) The contributor has the right to withdraw their film until the beginning of the festival in September 2020 without providing any reason, and without the right to reclaim the submission fee.
  • 16) We reserve the right to cut any film from the selection if we deem it to be inappropriate for the audience or if it does not possess basic film qualities.
  • 17) The festival’s organizers reserve the right to determine the films’ scheduled publication for the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL and the BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL.
  • 18) By submitting their film, the contributor agrees to all the listed conditions.
  • 19) The festival reserves the right to change the terms and conditions.
  • 20) Number of views counted during the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FESTIVAL are private and will not be published.
  • 21) Voting for the Audience Award is not public and the total number of votes will not be published.
  • 22) Voting of the expert jury for the Jury Award is not public and the total number of votes will not be published.
  • 23) The company Binary code s.r.o is the owner and organizer of the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL and the BLACKSPHERE LIVE FILM FESTIVAL. The online festival is screened under the auspices of the online television website www.binarycode.one. The festival’s partner and supporter is Black Sphere, z.s.
  • 24) The conditions of sending in the audiovisual work are: a paid fee and a properly submitted application through Filmfreeway. In case you are selected you will be asked to send in the entire film in adequate quality by means of the online link for download of the given work. Also, you will be asked to fill out an affidavit.
  • 25) The contributor is responsible for making the film available through a link which will be sent to the organizers until September 1, 2020, unless informed otherwise in writing. If the contributor does not do this, they will be automatically disqualified from the festival.
  • 26) The contributor grants the organizers of the BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL the right to screen, send and otherwise share the submitted work with the members of the jury who will decide on its inclusion in the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL.

As the organizer of the BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL, the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL and the BLACKSPHERE LIVE FILM FESTIVAL, Binary code s.r.o. reserves the right to change these conditions.