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Greece Collects Int’l Tourism Film Awards for its ‘Eternal Journey’

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The Greek promotional film won the “Blue Danube” award at this year's SILAFEST in Serbia.

The Greek promotional film won the “Blue Danube” award at this year’s SILAFEST in Serbia.

Greece’s promotional film “Greek Tourism. An eternal journey” has counted three wins at three prestigious international tourism film festivals, held under the auspices of CIFFT, the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals.

The film, produced by the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) and directed by Antonis Theocharis Kioukas, contains images from all over Greece and takes viewers on a journey through the country’s oldest industry: Tourism – an industry of dreams.

Greek film to compete for Grand Prix CIFFT award

Greece’s film has been enrolled to compete this year in 12 different tourism film festivals, members of the festival committee CIFFT, held in different cities around the world.

cifft-fim_festivalsAll film festivals, members of CIFFT, hold their own international jury and awards independently prizes to the films entered into the competition. Counting the awards throughout the year, the overall winner is determined by a point system at the end of the year. At the “Festival of Festivals”, held in Vienna, the winner gains the Grand Prix CIFFT for the world-wide best tourism film of the year. The runners-up obtain a Nominee for the Grand Prix CIFFT as a sign of recognition.

Headquartered in Vienna, the committee was founded in 1989 and is endorsed by the World Tourism Organization and the European Travel Commission (ETC).

Greece’s honors

Sofia Lazaridou, the chief officer of the GNTO office in Belgrade, accepting the Greek film's award at the recent SILAFEST in Serbia.

Sofia Lazaridou, the chief officer of the GNTO office in Belgrade, accepting the Greek film’s award at the recent SILAFEST in Serbia.

The film “Greek Tourism. An eternal journey” was recently was honored with the “Blue Danube” award as the best cultural tourism film at the SILAFEST International Festival of Tourist and Ecological Film held in Veliko Gradište in Serbia.

In March, the film won the 1st prize at Berlin’s Das goldene Stadttor/The Golden City Gate film contest, which took place on the sidelines of the ITB exhibition, in the “Country” category.

Moreover, in July, the Greek film again came in 1st place at the US International Film & Video Festival held in Los Angeles.

So far, the Greek film has participated in the following festivals: SILAFEST (Serbia), Das goldene Stadttor/The Golden City Gate (Germany), US International Film & Video Festival, ART&TUR (Portugal), Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards (France), Tourfilm Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), Tourfilm Riga (Latvia), ZAGREB TOURFILM FESTIVAL (Croatia), Film Art & Tourism Festival “FilmAT” (Poland), ITFF-Bulgaria “On the East Coast of Europe” (Bulgaria) and New York Festivals (USA).

“Greek Tourism. An eternal journey” will also compete in the Baku International Tourism Film Festival (BITFF) in Azerbaijan, to take place early next year.

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