1st ONLINE CIRCUS FESTIVAL

INFORMATION & RULES

Forget everything you knew about Circus Festivals!
From the 06 April till the 02 May 2020 there will be the most important event, which will unite the whole circus community on the internet. Before you say a circus is just a ‘live’ performance the ‘Online Circus Festival’ has completely different goals and completely brand new rules which have not existed. Within 3 weeks you will watch as 20 Jury Members will randomly judge 100 participants. After the 4 rounds of this festival meaning the end of it, there shall be only 4 finalist participants who shall go head to head for the prizes. You will witness something brand new, something grand, something memorable because..
We'll Make the Future Together!

With the ever on going changing of Internet technologies and video platforms such as YouTube, the entire circus industry has changed. In the majority of cases, show producers or casting directors book artists for their shows via YouTube and that we all know is a fact. Currently on the internet are the largest variety of circus acts and it becomes more and more difficult to become noticed by employers. I’ve been producing circus artists for 10 years and I know firsthand how difficult to promote new acts. Casting directors around the world receive thousands of emails with video links, but they are physically unable to view all of them. Based on my experience, I developed a completely new concept, and I am sure that the "Online Circus Festival" will become a new innovative platform that can give a great chance and promote new, truly worthy artists. As soon as I announced the festival, I received a lot of positive feedback from employers from around the world and I am extremely grateful to the 20 members of the jury who believed in me and agreed to be part of this experimental project. The main “point” of the festival (which can be implemented only on the Internet) will be the play-off system and the lottery draws of the participants and jury members, all this will give incredible intrigue and unpredictability. In this difficult time, when circuses all over the world are forced to close, and artists, unfortunately, are sitting without job on quarantine.. The "Online Circus Festival" will unite the entire circus community from all over the world on the Internet and at least, help to overcome this difficult period together!

- Dmitry Chernov

Founder of the "Online Circus Festival"

PRIZE WINNERS

  • TOP-5 Final Results:

  • 1st PLACE PRIZE
    CHIZHOVS TROUPE (Russia)
    + 500 US$ sponsored by "Central European Circus Assosiation" (Hungary)

  • 2nd PLACE PRIZE
    Merrylu & Jozsef Richter (Hungary)
    + 400 US$ sponsored by "CIRCUSLAND" - The International Palace of Circus (Spain)

  • 3rd PLACE PRIZE
    "White Birds" (Russia)
    + 300 US$ sponsored by "DORATO CIRCUS" (Israel)

  • 4th PLACE PRIZE
    Sergey Nesterov (Russia/Belarus)
    + 150 US$ sponsored by "DONNERT AGENCY" (UK)

  • 5th PLACE PRIZE
    "Above the Clouds" (Russia)

SPECIAL PRIZES

  • FEDERICO CORDA
    Product Development & Talent Manager
    at the "SELECTION INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT"

    | 300 euro Money Prize for "Creativity and Originality" |
    - Duo "Behind the Door" (Russia) -

  • "PARIS CIRCUS ORCHESTRA"
    | Conductor Pierre Pichaud will provide to one of the TOP-10 participants
    the score of the awarded show's musical piece |
  • - "Chizhovs Troupe" (Russia) -

  • SANDOR DONNERT
    "DONNERT AGENCY"

    | CONTRACT |
  • - "Arctic Ensemble" (Finland) -

  • PETER FEKETE
    "HUNGARIAN MINISTRY OF HUMAN CAPACITIES"

  • | 300 euro Money Prize & Invitation to the "Lyrical Late Night Show" 2022 |

  • "AUSTRALIAN CIRCUS FESTIVAL"
    | “Expression Award” for the artist that uses circus arts
    to tell a story with their body and apparatus |

  • "CHINA ACROBATS ASSOCIATION"
    | One of the TOP-100 participants will receive "Great Wall Cup" |

  • ROBY & JEREMY GASSER
    "CIRCUS CONELLI" IN ZURICH

    | CONTRACT FOR 2022 |

  • "RUSSIAN STATE CIRCUS COMPANY"
    | 4 MONTH CONTRACT |

  • VIKTOR KEE
    | “HARMONY IN PERFORMANCE” Special Prize and 200 US$ |

  • KARIM HABLI
    INTERNATIONAL SWISS CIRCUS FESTIVAL "ARTISTIKA"

    | TOP-10 finalist will receive "Wild Card" invitation to the festival |
  • FABIO MONTICO
    "INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS FESTIVAL OF ITALY"

    |Any participant from TOP-100 will get Invitation to the next upcoming edition of the festival |
  • "AMERICA'S GOT TALENT"
    | Selected "Online Circus Festival" all participants will be viewed by AGT Producers and may be asked to submit an audition for the chance to be in consideration to enter the competition for 1million US$! |

Rules

JURY MEMBERS

  • Total quantity of Jury Members: 20
  • Organising committee of the "Online Circus Festival" chooses all Jury members.
  • Jury member evaluates the participant in 2 categories:
    "Difficulty of the tricks" and "Creativity of the performance".
    (1-10 points in each categories)
  • All Jury members will be selected by drawing lots for each compitition round during the festival.

PARTICIPANTS

  • Total quantity of Participants: 100
  • Each participant can apply with 1 own act only.
  • Video must be recorded and uploaded on YouTube from 06.04.2018
    (Not older than 2 years ago)
  • Video recording of the act must be without editing from beginning until the end. (Short video teasers not acceptable)
  • Performance on the video is your property and you do not infringe anyone's copyright.
  • Organising committee of the "Online Circus Festival" will choose TOP-100 acts from all applications.
  • TOP-100 participants will be divided into groups (from A to J) by drawing lots.

POINTS CONTROL COMMISSION

STEFAN GIERISCH (GERMANY)

SIMON PREISSING (GERMANY)

BENEDIKT RICKEN (GERMANY)

TOP-100 (Qualification)

  • A total of 10 groups (from A to J) with 10 participants each.
  • TOP-100 particpants will be divided into groups by drawing lots.
  • A random lottery draw will choose 2 Jury members for each group.
  • Only 3 participants from each group with highest "Rating" will pass to the next round: TOP-30 .

TOP-30

  • A total of 5 groups with 6 participants each.
  • Participants are divided into groups according to the drawing pre-plan of the festival.
  • A random lottery draw will choose 4 Jury members for each group.
  • Only 2 participants from each group with highest "Rating" will pass to the next round: TOP-10.

TOP-10 (Semi-Finals)

  • 2 semi-final groups with 5 participants in each.
  • Participants are divided into 2 groups according to the drawing pre-plan of the festival.
  • A random lottery draw will choose 10 jury members and split 5/5 into 2 different semi-final groups.
  • Only 2 participants from each group with highest "Rating" will pass to the final round: TOP-4.

TOP-4 (Final Round)

  • Only 4 participants go to the final round.
  • Only the 5 jury members out of 10 remaining will be selected using the lottery draw.
  • TOP-4 arrangement will be:
    1st Place Prize, 2nd Place Prize, 3rd Place Prize and 4th Place Prize
  • All participant can receive an additional special prizes or invitations.
    All will be announced with all results on 02 May 2020.

JUDGING SYSTEM

Judging will be done in the form of a «Rating» system. Artists will be set into groups to be evaluated by the judges that have been designated through our lottery system to judge that particular group. The jury must evaluate the participants in 2 categories: Category 1: «Difficulty of the tricks» a rating out of 10 against the other artists in their group and Category 2 «Creativity of the performance» also a rating out of 10 against the other artists in their group. Each groups rating from 1 (lowest) till 10 (highest) out of the artists in their respective category. Each rating is unique and cannot be repeated in same category. For example, Jury can give a rating of 10 for the «Difficulty» or «Creativity» category to 1st participant, based on this, Jury can not give a rating of 10 to different participant in same category in same group, or it would defeat the purpose of measuring the artists against each other within the same group. With this responsible system, Jury Members must carefully study each participant, based on the other artists within their group selection, and mark them accordingly «Ratings» them against each other for each category of «Difficulty» and «Creativity».
Top-100 (1-10 Rating) ; TOP-30 (1-6 Rating) ; TOP-10 (1-5 Rating) ; TOP-4 (1-4 Rating)
In case of participants acquiring the same total points within the same group. The participant with highest “Difficulty of the tricks” Rating goes to next round.

OFFICIAL PARTNERS

FEDERICO CORDA (Italy)

National Circusarts Center Nonprofit Ltd. (Hungary)

CHERNOV CREATION (Russia)