International Planetarium Society
Eugenides Script Writing Competition
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IPS EUGENIDES FOUNDATION SCRIPT CONTEST
IPS-Eugenides Foundation Script Contest started in the early 1980s
and has changed over the years following the latest developments in
the Planetarium business.
main goals of the contest remain the same:
Support the role of content development in planetarium presentations
Promote good script writing practices among IPS members.
contest is international and the English language is chosen as the
recognizes the diversity of its membership in terms of facility
instrumentation, size, staff, mission, and location. It is this
diversity which brings strength and creativity to our community of
professionals and our audiences. In order to avoid limitations in
the script which may occur due to specific equipment installations,
we encourage authors to explore their vision of a script without
those restrictions. To support the main goals of the contest with
the least constraints on imagination and creativity, consider a broad
scientific subject with the goal of a full dome environment
capability. The objective is to expand our vision of a script which
might otherwise be defined by instrumentation instead of by the
author’s originality and inspiration.
encourage excellence in planetarium show production, the IPS
announces a script competition sponsored by the Eugenides
Foundation in Athens, Greece.
purpose of the competition shall be the creation of a script that
could be used for the development of a digital fulldome show for a
target audience of your choice (for example: children, general
public or school groups of a certain age range) on any science
and Second place winners will be selected according to the terms
currently enrolled IPS member may enter one or more scripts.
Foundation employees are not permitted to participate in the
scripts remain the author's property, but the IPS retains the right
to publish them in the Planetarian
and/or upload them on its Webpage for IPS members viewing only.
Rules and Procedures
submitted scripts, any material published elsewhere and all scripts
that have been integrated into planetarium productions already
released or which are scheduled for release before the IPS
Conference of the year in which the awards will be presented, are
should submit to the contest's Committee Chair:
hard copy of the release form
printed copy of the script signed on each page for the files of
the Committee’s Chair
version (Word-format) of the script, using the appropriate
template provided on the IPS website
script will be evaluated according to the criteria set out below by
three judges chosen by the contest's Committee Chair from IPS
names will not be divulged to the judges.
contest's Committee Chair will quantify the totals from the judges’
evaluations to determine the winners.
may be submitted between July 1 and December 31 of the odd numbered
years (non-conference years).
mail scripts to the contest's Committee Chair:
IPS/Eugenides Foundation Script Contest
Kraupe - Committee Chair
Hindenburgstr. 1b (Stadtpark)
contest’s Committee Chair will inform
officers and all Council members of the outcome of the contest in
time before any announcements.
two winners will be notified after Council verifies the results and
in advance of the IPS conference during which the Awards Ceremony
will be held. This procedure will be followed so that the winning
time to make all necessary travel arrangements if they wish to be
two winning authors will be recognized with certificates and prize
money during the awards ceremony at the IPS Conference of the
should be written in English, conforming to the specific template
and the sample page which can be downloaded from the IPS Webpage,
with the scene descriptions for the fulldome visuals, the duration
of the scenes and the narration entered in the relevant columns,
short abstract detailing the script’s
theme must be submitted on a separate page.
length of the script should conform to either of the two main
timeframes that are generally
by planetariums worldwide, i.e. either 20 to 25
or 35 to 45 minutes.
the above requirements are not met, a script may be disqualified.
the assumption that the above format for submission has been met, the
judges will evaluate each script according to:
in presentation and content
allocate points to each of the above on a 1 to 10 scale (10
corresponding to the maximum number of points).
Awards Categories and Values