The European Astrobiology Institute (EAI) is delighted to announce that the planetarium show “Dark Biosphere” has won the Best Film Award at the highly regarded Full Dome Festival in Brno. This distinguished accolade underscores the significant contributions of the EAI outreach working group and, in particular, the exceptional efforts of Dr. Jose A. Caballero, a senior staff researcher at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas at the Centro de Astrobiología.

Produced by Render Area, “Dark Biosphere” challenges our understanding of the origin and evolution of life on Earth and extends this inquiry to the vast realms of the Universe. The film’s innovative approach and compelling narrative have captivated audiences and critics alike, earning it the festival's top honour.

The Full Dome Festival jury praised “Dark Biosphere” for its thought-provoking theme, engaging storytelling, and distinctive opening scene that humanises the scientific journey. They highlighted the film's ability to enrich our understanding of the essential conditions for life on Earth and the possibilities of discovering life elsewhere in the cosmos.

“The film is a masterful work of art, combining original visual and graphic effects with groundbreaking camera work and direction,” the jury noted. “Its exceptional colour correction work optimises the dome environment's immersive experience, while the powerful music and sound effects amplify the emotional impact of the show.”

This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the EAI team. “Dark Biosphere” is not just a film; it is a celebration of our quest to understand life in the Universe. The recognition received at such a prestigious platform highlights the EAI's commitment to advancing public understanding of astrobiology and our place in the Universe.

The Full Dome Festival, held annually in Brno, Czech Republic, is a premier event celebrating excellence in dome-based films. This year’s award for “Dark Biosphere” emphasises the EAI’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of astrobiology research and education.

For more information about the festival and the award-winning film, please visit Full Dome Festival Brno and Dark Biosphere: A Bet for a Living Universe.

If you are interested in licensing this Planetarium show, please visit Full Dome Database.