Step into the future of filmmaking with Dome Fest West, the premier event for immersive dome cinema and beyond. Love the Sphere in Las Vegas? Then this festival is for you!

Our extraordinary film festival and conference is designed to bridge the gap between Hollywood's innovative content creators and the burgeoning Immersive Dome Community. Imagine your work being showcased in a truly unique way, enveloping audiences in an all-encompassing cinematic experience under the dome!

Over four exhilarating days, Dome Fest West will be a hotbed of immersive creativity, a meeting point for pioneers pushing the boundaries of traditional filmmaking. Expect insightful technology presentations, engaging industry panels, exclusive networking parties, and hands-on workshops aimed at enlightening you about the endless possibilities of dome media.

BACK FOR 2025: Dome Fest West is returning with it's Best Interactive Fulldome Experience and Pitch Competition categories. The Best Interactive Fulldome Experience category celebrates the combination of immersive storytelling, technology, and audience participation in fulldome. Entries should show how interactivity from the audience directly can enhance the immersive qualities of dome content and create a unique experience for viewers.

The Pitch Competition category provides filmmakers with a unique opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas and projects. We are seeking captivating pitches for fulldome films that engage audiences and demonstrate a strong vision. Selected submissions will have the chance to pitch their immersive project idea for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize distribution deal with Hubblo. Whether it's a fulldome film experience, an interactive dome installation, or a groundbreaking narrative concept, we welcome all immersive projects that can captivate and inspire our festival audience.

Dome content is no longer confined to planetariums and science centers. As we move into 2025 and beyond, more and more Dome venues are emerging, offering audiences the chance to immerse themselves in incredible content without the need for a VR headset. It's time to embrace this exciting new format and be part of the movement bringing fresh narratives to life.

If you're a visionary producer or an adventurous filmmaker, Dome Fest West is your platform to experiment, learn, and redefine the cinematic landscape. We invite you to seize this opportunity and submit your work. Let's shape the future of cinema together.

The Dome Fest West Film Festival recognizes filmmaking achievement through the presentation of juried and balloted awards, including:

- Best Artistic Feature Film
- Best Artistic Short Film
- Best Musical Feature Film
- Best Musical Short Film
- Best Educational Film
- Best Science Film
- Best Environmental Film
- Best Live Experience
- Best Interactive Experience
- Best Children's Film
- Best Narrative Film
- Juror's Choice Award
- Audience Choice Award
- Sphere of Light Award

1. Submission Formats: Online screeners in Fisheye/Fulldome format must be embedded in each film's FilmFreeway submission profile. DVD submissions or physical hard drives will not be accepted.

2. Only completed entry packets will be processed and considered for festival presentation. A complete entry packet includes an online screener (in fulldome, equirectangular, or planar format) embedded in your FilmFreeway submission. For Live Experiences, the screener should be formatted to best represent the dome performance and may include close-up shots, wide-angle cutaways, and/or fulldome and equirectangular formats. Passwords are encouraged.

Please provide the following information in your FilmFreeway submission:
a. The title and synopsis of the film.
b. Complete producer, director, cast, and artist credits.
c. A headshot and bio of the director or producer.
d. Submission fee. (to be paid through FilmFreeway)
e. A Digital Press kit that includes (5) Hi-Resolution JPEG stills from the film and (5) Behind-the-scenes stills.
f. NOTE: Dome Fest West is not responsible for any incorrect wording in publications or awards if the information provided in the entry form is incorrect.

3. Each entry must be a separate submission. If you select more than one film category for your film you must pay the full entry fee for each category.

4. Student films must include a copy of a current student ID or proof of current enrollment. Copies of student ids can be uploaded to FilmFreeway or e-mailed to [students@DomeFestWest.com](mailto:students@DomeFestWest.com).

5. Complete submission packets must be completed by the deadline dates below.
1. Super Early Deadline - October 4, 2024
2. Regular Deadline - November 22, 2024
3. Late Deadline - December 20, 2024
4. Last Call Deadline - January 17, 2025

6. Works in progress are not encouraged. Submissions will be juried in the state they are received.

7. To qualify for the 2025 Dome Fest West submissions for all film categories must have been completed after January 1, 2023.

8. Submissions that have screened at previous Dome Fest West events are ineligible to be programmed again. That includes projects that have been completed after the January 1, 2023 qualifying deadline.

9. All official selection films selected to be in competition for the 2025 festival will not be eligible to receive screening fees.

10. By submitting your movie, you authorize Dome Fest West to use, distribute and share film segments, the film poster, trailer, synopsis, and stills in our social media and further promotional events tied directly to the festival and authorized partner festivals.

11. Official selection filmmakers will be required to provide one digital file of their official selection film or video of their live dome experience for festival screenings. Digital domemaster files must be 4k x 4k H.264 or H.265 file formats with fisheye/fulldome mapping (encoding details to be provided upon selection).

12. Live Fulldome Performance category submissions must be a recording of a live performance. Submissions should be no less than 15 minutes and no more than 120 minutes in length. This duration includes all credits and titles.
a. Resolution: A minimum resolution of 1920x1080 for HD video and 2048x2048 for fulldome format is required. Higher resolutions are welcome.
b. Audio: Stereo or 5.1 surround sound audio formats are accepted.

13. Submissions in the Live Interactive Experience category must consist of participant-driven experiences that allow the audience(s) to directly and immediately influence what is displayed on the dome. Entries can be of any genre or type.
a. Experiences must be capable of outputting via an HDMI cable with the fulldome image centered in the frame at the resolution of 3840x2160 and a frame rate of 30fps. While audio is not required, it is encouraged.
b. If you have specific questions regarding compatibility, please contact our team at Submissions@DomeFestWest.com.

14. If your film is selected as an official submission the cost of transferring digital copies of festival screeners to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Live experience entrants may also be selected to perform at Dome Fest West by special invitation.

15. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the entry for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.

16. By submitting the filmmaker confirms that they are duly authorized to submit the film to Dome Fest West without the consent of any third party (or, if the consent of other parties is required, all of them are also signing this Agreement).

17. All submissions to Dome Fest West will also be included the Best of Earth awards competition and associated promotions. Best of Earth Partner Festivals are chosen based on past performance and industry acceptance and may include Fulldome Festival (Jena, Germany), Dome Under Festival (Melbourne, Australia), Fulldome UK (Plymouth, UK), SAT Fest (Montréal, Canada), and other reputable dome festivals. Submissions that screen at these events as part of the 2025 festival will not be eligible to receive screening fees.

18. By submitting the filmmaker confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival. The film does not violate any copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity. Releases for music, images, content, and talent must be obtained by the filmmaker. Dome Fest West is not liable for copyright infringement or unauthorized use.

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  • Simon Haiduk

    This was my first year at the festival, in 2024. It was well organized on all levels, with lots of networking opportunities. The venue and staff of Fiske Planetarium also contributed to making this a great event, including being located in beautiful Boulder, CO. There was a decent range of content, and I hope to see more at each subsequent event. I also liked how people could get tickets to each section rather than a full event pass, making it even more accessible. I would go again and recommend it.

    May 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Simon, for your wonderful feedback and for gracing us with your creativity! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the festival and found it well-organized and accessible. We look forward to welcoming you back next year with even more exciting content and networking opportunities!

  • A wonderful festival! I am glad that I took part in it!

    May 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Snark! We loved your film!

  • My third year at this festival and it gets better and better. What a wonderful, welcoming community of filmmakers, Dome and Planetarium folks and local audiences. A great time with great networking.

    May 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Michael, for your continued support and kind words! We're delighted to hear each year gets better, and we can't wait to keep growing and creating memorable experiences together.

  • Beautiful event and amazing opportunity to network!

    Our film was screened with great quality. After we got selected, the Dome Fest West team reache us in time to specify how to deliver the files for projection and with great reccomendations for hotels and tips to make promotion of the film!
    Our team had the opportunity to meet with key member of the international industry.
    I definitely love this event and will repeat in the future.

    Ryan is an awesome organizator, congratulations to him and all the staff behind the Dome Fest West!

    November 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Jesús, for your fantastic review and kind words! We're thrilled you had a great experience and found our support helpful—we can't wait to see you and your team at future events!

  • Louis Lachance

    Nice festival that brings planetariums, artists and 360 content producers together well in Los Angeles!

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Louis, for your kind words! We're proud to bring together such a vibrant community and look forward to continuing to unite planetariums, artists, and 360 content producers in future events!