Festival description

The Blacksphere international film festival focuses on independent worldwide production. It takes place online but also in a form of live screening in the heart of Europe. Combination of virtual and live film experience makes Blacksphere festival unique on the cultural scene.

But there is more! Not only the world’s best movies but you can also look forward to music bands, talented DJs, theatre plays, live performances, workshops, yummy local food and the best festival drink - Blacksphere absinthe - in the three day long Blacksphere festival in June.

The program committee selects a maximum of 100 films which are screened as part of the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL.

50 most successful films are selected and screened at the 3 days long BLACKSPHERE LIVE FILM FESTIVAL and receive free accreditation. 

Jury Award: One best film is selected by the festival’s expert jury. The winner receives 100 EUR and whole year distribution to local Czech cinemas and promotion + distribution and promotion on binarycode.one and blacksphere.one webpages + official diploma, BLACKSPHERE trophy, laurels and gift bag.

Audience Award: One best film is selected by the audience vote. The winner receives 100 EUR + distribution and promotion on binarycode.one and blacksphere.one webpages + official diploma, BLACKSPHERE trophy, laurels and gift bag.

3 main winners of BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL receives official diploma, BLACKSPHERE trophy, laurels + free accommodation at the BLACKSPHERE LIVE FILM FESTIVAL + free accreditation.

For more information about prizes and awards, visit the AWARDS section.

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 during spring 2022. The second part – the BLACKSPHERE LIVE FILM FESTIVAL – will take place in June 2022 in the Czech Republic and where selected finalist films will be screened.

The selection process of the audiovisual works is as follows: A jury of European experts selects maximum of 100 works from all the received films, each of which are made available for viewing for a period of 7 days during spring 2022 as part of the BLACKSPHERE online platform at blacksphere.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 and European jury decisions, 50 finalists are selected. 50 films are screened in June 2022 as part of the 3 days long BLACKSPHERE LIVE FILM FESTIVAL in the Czech Republic.

The festival’s finale will consist of a 3 days film marathon which will take place in the Czech Republic during June 2022, at Račí údolí 118, 790 70 Javorník. During these 3 days, the works of all 50 finalists of the previous BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL will be screened. The festival’s winners will be announced, and the trophies and main prizes will be handed out. Furthermore, the event will feature workshops and consultations. The workshops’ focus will be announced on the website blacksphere.one before the main event and the selection of topics will be automatically sent to all registered participants, with the offer for accreditation as part of the BLACKSPHERE LIVE FILM FESTIVAL, along with an offer of accommodation tips and sales and reservation options.

Festival will also host famous theatre plays, music bands, talented DJs, live performances, yummy local food and the best festival drink - Blacksphere absinthe.

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 handicapped people 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.

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

Laurels

Live Festival

  • Best Blacksphere film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best audience film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best Live action feature film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best Documentary feature film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best Animation feature film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best Experimental feature film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best Music feature film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best First time feature film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best Student feature film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best Live action short film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best Documentary short film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best Animation short film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best Experimental short film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best Music short film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best First time short film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best Student short film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Best Super short film – Blacksphere live film festival
  • Finalist – Blacksphere live film festival 
  • Honorable mention – Blacksphere live film festival 

Online part of festival

  • 1st place – Blacksphere online film festival
  • 2nd place – Blacksphere online film festival
  • 3rd place – Blacksphere online film festival
  • Semi-finalist – Blacksphere online film festival 
  • Official selection – Blacksphere online film festival

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