FAQ

General

What is the Blacksphere?

Blacksphere is an international film festival. Blacksphere film festival consists of two parts: online screening and live screening in Tančírna in the Czech Republic.

What is the Open Air Blacksphere?

Blacksphere Open Air is a series of event evenings in Tančírna after the main festival Blacksphere is over. These events take place during summer to early autumn in a form of themed screening events usually with hosts chosen according to event topic, accompanied by discussions, interviews and performances. Movies are chosen according to the event theme. 

Is Blacksphere an online or live screening festival?

Both. First part of the Blacksphere festival takes place online. Final part of Blacksphere festival happens in the form of live screening in Tančírna in the Czech Republic.

Blacksphere online part

What is the Blacksphere online festival?

Blacksphere online festival is the first step of Blacksphere festival. 100 selected movies are screened online during spring. 1 movie each day is made available to watch for 7 days. According to the number of views and the European jury, 50 final movies are selected to become a part of the live Blacksphere festival.

When is the first part of the Blacksphere festival?

First part of the festival takes place during spring each year.

How many movies are selected for the Blacksphere festival?

100 films are selected for the first online Blacksphere part. 

When is the notification day?

For Blacksphere season 2022 notification date is 24. 1. 2022.

How does the online part of the festival work?

Each day during spring 1 movie from a total number of 100 selected movies is uploaded on blacksphere.one. Every movie is available to watch for 7 days. 

For how long are selected movies able to be watched?

Watching selected movies is accessible only during the spring each year as a part of the online Blacksphere festival.

How to watch a movie during the online part of the festival?

Watching the online part of the festival is free for everyone and without registration on the website blacksphere.one. Choose your favorite movie and click play. 

How long is it possible to watch a movie online?

Every movie is available to watch for 7 days.

Is there any fee for watching movies?

No. Watching every movie on our website Blacksphere.one is for free and without registration.

Is the online festival free?

Yes, the Blacksphere online festival is free. As part of the support and promotion of the creators, all costs associated with the organization of the festival and the promotion are handled by Binary code s.r.o.

Is it possible to watch a movie without a registration?

Yes. It is possible to watch as many movies as you want without registration and for free.

Why don't I see every movie?

Some of the movies might be geo-blocked from your country according to distribution rules of each movie.

What are the minimum technical requirements for seamless movie playback?

To play movies smoothly, you need the latest version of a web browser (ideally Google Chrome, Firefox or Edge) and a stable internet connection.

What language are the movies in?

Each film is spoken in the film's original language. English subtitles are available for every movie.

What are the prizes for the online Blacksphere festival?

There are three prizes for winning the online part of the festival. 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place. 50 selected finalists will receive free accreditation for the live Blacksphere festival.

  • 1st place – Blacksphere online film award: official diploma, trophy, laurels + free accommodation at Blacksphere live event + free accreditation
  • 2nd place – Blacksphere online film award: official diploma, trophy, laurels + free accommodation at Blacksphere live event + free accreditation
  • 3rd place – Blacksphere online film award: official diploma, trophy, laurels + free accommodation at Blacksphere live event + free accreditation

For more information about prizes see Awards.

How do I know who is the winner?

The winners are announced a few days after the online part of the festival is over. The winners are announced via our website blacksphere.one and via social media – facebook and instagram.

How do I receive my trophy?

All the trophies are handed out in person during Blacksphere live festival. In case the winner is not present the trophy will be sent via Czech post after paying the handling, packing and shipping fees. 

Blacksphere live film festival

What is the Blacksphere live festival?

Blacksphere is a 3 day long festival happening in June each year. Screening the world’s best movies, music bands, talented DJs, theatre plays, live performances, workshops, consultations, yummy local food and the best festival drink - Blacksphere absinthe. 

When is the final live part of the Blacksphere festival?

Final live part of the festival takes place in June each year.

How many movies are selected for the live Blacksphere festival?

50 films are selected for the live Blacksphere festival.

Who makes the final selection of 50 movies to the Blacksphere live festival?

According to the number of views during the online part of the festival, the festival jury chooses top 50 movies.

Where the final part of Blacksphere festival takes place?

Final live Blacksphere festival takes place in Tančírna in the beautiful area Račí Údolí.

How long does the live Blacksphere festival last?

The live Blacksphere festival lasts for three days in a row during June each year.

What are the prizes for the live Blacksphere festival?

There are two main prizes to win. Jury Award and Audience Award. And there are winners of each film category. See detailed information.

What is the Jury Award?

Our specialized European jury selects during the festival the most successful film - Jury Award: 100 EUR + distribution and promotion on binarycode.one and blacksphere.one webpages + official diploma, trophy, laurels and a gift bag.

What is the Audience Award?

The film with the most votes wins Audience Award: 100 EUR + distribution and promotion on binarycode.one and blacksphere.one webpages + official diploma, trophy, laurels and a gift bag.

How do I know who is the winner of the live Blacksphere festival?

The winners are announced during the live part of the festival in June. The winners are then announced to the rest of the world via our website blacksphere.one and via social media – facebook and instagram.

When are the winners notified and announced?

The winners are announced during the festival ceremony at the live Blacksphere festival and prizes are handed out personally. In case, the authors are not present - winners are contacted by our team a few days after the festival is over with detailed information and then announced on our website in the special permanent section with complete info about the winning movies.

How are the prizes handed out?

The prizes are handed out personally during the festival ceremony at the live Blacksphere festival. In case, the authors are not present - winners are contacted by our team a few days after the festival is over with detailed information about receiving the prizes. Trophies and other materials are usually sent via post. Cash prizes are transferred via bank accounts.

How do I receive my trophy?

All the trophies are handed out in person during Blacksphere live festival. In case the winner is not present the trophy will be sent via Czech post after paying the handling, packing and shipping fees. 

What language are the movies in?

Each film is spoken in the film's original language. English subtitles are available for every movie.

How can I submit for next year's Blacksphere festival?

It is possible to submit to next year's Blacksphere festival only via FilmFreeway.

General Info

What are the main rules?

You must be the owner of the received audiovisual work or must have permission by the author to distribute their work. Every submitted movie must have English subtitles. Complete rules.

What movie can I submit?

Any. You can submit any category, any length, any genre, any PG, any year of completion. 

Do I need to provide English subtitles?

Each film submitted to Blacksphere film festival must contain English subtitles (even if the movie is English spoken), as we are an international festival and we will target the online part of the festival also outside of English-speaking countries, where not everyone understands the English language perfectly. It would also be nicer for disabled persons to see visible text.

Therefore, English subtitles are required even if the movie is spoken in English. (Preferably embedded subtitles in the movie. Or less preferably .srt file or .vtt but we are able to handle .txt as well.) Delivery of English subtitles is part of the rules of our festival. Since providing ENG subtitles is strictly in Blacksphere rules, submitted movies will not be included in Blacksphere main competition for prizes if submitters fail to deliver us English subtitles. But it is not going to be disqualified, it is still going to be streamed for the Blacksphere online part for 7 days (if chosen) and according to the number of views and quality it still can make it to the final live event. 

Only exceptions are movies without dialogues.

Can you make subtitles for my movie?

It is possible to make english subtitles for your movie. If you are interested in this service, please contact us via [email protected]

Who owns the festival?

Blacksphere festival belongs to the projects of the art portal Binary code s.r.o.

How do you handle my personal data?

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I would like to cooperate with the Blacksphere festival.

We are very pleased with your interest. Email us: [email protected]