The International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals (CIFFT) revealed the 2020 World’s Best Tourism Films. The 33rd edition of the World Best Tourism Film Awards took place virtually from the Belvedere Palace in Vienna, Austria. A magnificent Baroque palace, home to one of Austria's most valuable art collections - featuring the main works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, among others.
Over the past 32 years, the city of music and palaces has been the host of the Festival of Festivals, the Grand Prix CIFFT: the most prestigious award initiative in the Travel Video Marketing Industry.
Alexander V. Kammel, CIFFT Director, presented the “Tourism Oscars”. Austria, France, and Spain were the countries with the most awards, 3 for each, followed by Chile and Japan with 2 winners and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Lithuania, Myanmar and Portugal with one award.
Throughout the year, more than 3500 videos from more than 130 countries, competed in the festivals that make up the circuit 2020: New York (USA), Los Angeles (USA), Cannes (France), Berlin (Germany), Zagreb (Croatia), Warsaw (Poland), Riga (Latvia), Tortosa (Spain), Viseu (Portugal), Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria), Amorgos (Greece), Veliko Gradiste (Serbia), Osaka (Japan), Capadoccia (Turkey), Cape Town (South Africa) and Vienna (Austria).
To reach the TOP, the participants need to achieve the largest number of awards at the member festivals and get enough points to reach the first places in one of the six thematic categories of the CIFFT Ranking List: Tourism Destination Country Promotion, Tourism Destinations Region Promotion, Tourism Destination City Promotion, Tourism Services, Tourism Products, and Independent Travel Videos.
The films that reached the top three positions in each thematic category received the prestigious awards and the coveted title of World’s Best Tourism Film 2020.
Meet the 2020 World’s Best Tourism Films
The World’s Best Tourism Film in the category Tourism Destination Countries is “Seek less, find more” (Austria); The 2nd place goes to “Seeing Differently” (Japan); And in the 3rd place is “Austria strengthens ties” (Austria). (Countries full Rank List)
In the category Tourism Destinations Regions, the World’s Best Tourism Film is “Nothing much, but much more” (Bosnia and Herzegovina); In the 2nd place is “The Secret of Tanintharyi” (Myanmar); And the 3rd place goes to “Magic Cordoba” (Spain). (Regions full Rank List)
In Tourism Destination Cities, the World’s Best Tourism Film goes to “Staycation” (France); The 2nd place goes to “Help” (Spain); And in the 3rd place is “You Have Reached Your Destination!” (Lithuania). (Cities full Rank List)
As the World’s Best Tourism Film in Tourism Services is “You only love once” (Portugal); The 2nd place goes to “The inspiration behind an old manor house hotel renovation” (Japan); And in the 3rd place we have “Datai Langkawi - Forever After” (Chile). (Services full Rank List)
In the category focused in promoting the Tourism Products, the World’s Best Tourism Film is “Hunger for experiences” (Spain); The 2nd place goes to “Alps at their very best” (Austria); And the 3d place “Discover Parque Futangue” (Chile). (Products full Rank List)
At last, but not least, the Independent Travel Videos category. The World’s Best Tourism Film produced by an independent filmmaker goes to “And yet it all seems limitless” (France); The 2nd place goes to “Avannaq - A Journey Through Greenland” (France); And in the 3rd place we have “White Angels of Camargue - Europe's Last Cowboys” (Germany). (Independent Travel Videos Cities full Rank List)
“In a particularly difficult year, these exceptional quality videos are excellent case studies for tourist destinations, as an innovative way of communicating their tourism attractions and creating bonds with the audience. The videos also make us look ahead to a bright future in Travel Video Marketing”, said Alexander V. Kammel, director of CIFFT.