"The Man from the 9 Dimensions," a 3D fulldome film presented at the Dome Theater, has received the Best Educational Production Award at the IPS Fulldome Festival!

The 3D fulldome film, "The Man from the 9 Dimensions," planned and produced by the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) under the supervision of Hirosi Ooguri and direction of Takashi Shimizu, received the Best Educational Production Award at the IPS Fulldome Festival 2016 (Organizer: International Planetarium Society (IPS)) on June 17 (Fri) 2016 in the Czech Republic.

This Festival is organized as a part of the IPS Conference for the approximately 700 members of the Society coming from 60 countries. It is the largest planetarium festival in the world.
This year, the Festival was held at the Brno Observatory and Planetarium in the Czech Republic from June 15 (Wed) to June 17 (Fri). During the three days of the Festival, a total of 66 fulldome films from 15 countries were screened. On the final day of the Festival on June 17, the winning works in three categories (Audience Award, Brno Observatory and Planetarium Director's Award, and Best Educational Production Award) were selected, and it was announced that "The Man from the 9 Dimensions" had received the Best Educational Production Award.
The awards ceremony was held on June 23 (Thu) at the Revolve IPS Warsaw Conference 2016 held in Poland, and the prize trophy was presented during this ceremony.


IPS Fulldome Festival Brno 2016 (Organizer: International Planetarium Society)
Venue:Brno Observatory and Planetarium
Award:The Best Educational Production Award sponsored by the IPS-Eugenides Foundation
Award recipient:Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)
Reasons for receiving the award: "The international jury decided to award 'The Man from the 9 Dimensions' because it brings a fresh insight and sparks curiosity about the most complex and deepest questions regarding us, the universe and 'the theory of everything.' The show is engaging and the story attracts the attention of the audience in a very fascinating way. The visuals and the music of the show enhance its educational elements and it also makes a very creative use of the Fulldome environment."

Comments from Scientific Adviser Hirosi Ooguri:

(Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics and Founding Director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology, and Principal Investigator of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo)
"I am delighted to learn that our movie is selected to receive the Best Educational Production Award from 66 films submitted by leading science museums, planetariums, and movie production companies around the world. It is a wonderful recognition of our effort to communicate science both accurately and attractively. It also shows that science outreach activities in Japan are at the international level. I thank Director Takashi Shimizu and other visual creators, and staff members at the Miraikan. I hope that this movie will convey excitements of science to young people and contribute to enhancement of science literacy of general public."

Comments from Director Takashi Shimizu:

"We are greatly honored to be presented with this prize. I would like to thank all the staff who were involved in the production of this work, and who have supported us throughout the production. I would also thank Miraikan for the audacious selection of team members and for taking risks. Thank you! I am usually involved in the direction of commercial entertaining movies, or more specifically, in film genres such as horror movies, so I am more than happy to be receiving an "educational" award on this occasion. I hope that all the audiences who watch this film, including children and young people, will be excited and thrilled by it, develop an interest in science, and at the same time, find the courage to explore and challenge the unknown realms of yourselves and of the world! "

Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe WEB site
Science movie supervised by Hirosi Ooguri wins Best Educational Production Award

"The Man from the 9 Dimensions"
Program Schedule:https://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/dometheater/
*Offered in Japanese. *An English audio system can be used.