Rules and Regulations

The International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals (CIFFT) is owned and operated by Alexander Kammel, Österreichisches Film – Service e.U., Schaumburgergasse 18, Vienna, Austria. CIFFT brings together the world´s best tourism film festivals that promote excellence, exchange, communication, and collaboration regarding tourism through audiovisual communication.

Membership to CIFFT is open to any tourism film festival that subscribes to the best practices and principles as recognized by CIFFT and its members.

THE CIFFT CIRCUIT

The most exclusive competition for the Travel Video Marketing Industry.

The CIFFT Circuit brings together the World’s Best Tourism Film Festivals in an outstanding competition in the format of “Championship” or “League” to recognize and reward the best Video Ads and Promotional Films for tourism destinations, products and services.

Throughout the year, the submitted works participate in festivals spread across four continents. At each circuit stage, the production is evaluated by a panel of international judges who will decide the winners. Awards obtained throughout each stage will be converted into points that grant access to the CIFFT Ranking List, the leading global resource for benchmarking creativity and effectiveness in Tourism Communication.

The CIFFT Ranking List establishes, at the end of each year, the World’s Best Tourism Films in six thematic categories: Tourist Destinations Cities, Regions, Countries, Tourism Products, Tourism Services and Independent Travel Videos.

KEY DATES

Entry deadline for the FULL Circuit:

To participate in all the festivals that make up the CIFFT Circuit 2022, submit your video or series until:

1st deadline: November 15th, 2021
Final deadline: December 10th, 2021

Submission of a video or series can be made at any time of the year. However, in this situation, participation will only be guaranteed in festivals that are still in the period of accepting entries.

Entry Deadline for individual Festival:

To participate individually in one of the festivals that make up the CIFFT Circuit, visit the following page and check the deadlines:
https://www.cifft.com/festivals-entry-deadlines/

For further information, please contact the CIFFT Team.

ELIGIBILITY

The competition is open to public and private entities who own or have produced a Tourism Film or Travel Video such as:

Tourism Boards, DMO’s, Tourism Institutions and Associations; Advertising and PR Agencies; Marketing Agencies; Production Companies; Transportation Companies (Airlines, Cruise Lines, Car Rental, etc); Accommodation Companies (Hotels, Resorts, etc); Tourist Attractions; and other tourism services.

All videos that has been aired/produced/posted online after January 1st 2020, is eligible for submission.

The entrant must own the copyright of the participating film/video/series or have permission to use it.

ENTRY FEES & PAYMENTS

The Full Entry Service Package includes the registration and the distribution of the video in the CIFFT Circuit festivals, submissions and deadlines management and direct access to an exclusive extra competition - the CIFFT “People’s Choice” Award. All entry fees of the festivals are included in this price.

Entry Fees:

  • Single Entry: 2 150,00 € (EUR) (Video Ads, Brand/Promotional Video)

  • Series Entry: 2 950,00 € (EUR) 

Please Note:

  1. All Festivals entry fees (International competition) are already included in the Full Entry Service Packages. This includes also the charges for handling fees of distribution and registration.
  2. In case of winning, there might occur extra costs for the personal attendance at the festivals, the shipment and customs handling of your trophies.
  3. CIFFT does not assume responsibility if one of the festivals gets cancelled owing to unforeseen reasons.

Promo Code/Discounts:

  • ETC Members Discount: 350,00 € (EUR)

Following the endorsement agreement between European Travel Commission (ETC) and CIFFT, it was established that all Video Ads and Promotional films of the ETC Full members benefit from a € 350 discount on the registration of a single video or series.

CIFFT also decides to extend the discount to all national public institutions from the ETC country full member such as: Municipalities, Tourism Regions, Tourism Institutions, Museums, Natural Parks, Nature Reserves, Routes, among others public services.

List of ETC Full Members: https://etc-corporate.org/our-members/

Payment Details:

20% VAT will be charged for Austria and entrants from EU countries without a VAT number registered in the VIES (EU VAT number validation). https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/?locale=en

Payments can be made either by Bank Transfer or by Credit Card (VISA/MasterCard). 

For public bodies, the issuance of the invoice and payment will be dependent on the rules imposed by the EU or the country in question.

For any further clarification please do not hesitate to contact the CIFFT Team.

ENTRY TYPES AND CATEGORIES

The competition is open to public and private entities who own or have produced a Tourism Film or Travel Video.

Medium Types

  • Video Ads
  • Brand/Promotional Films
  • Series or Video Campaigns

Thematic Categories

  • Tourism Destination CITIES
    This category is intended for videos whose purpose is to promote a City, Municipality, Village or Local Destination.
  • Tourism Destination REGIONS
    This category is intended for videos whose purpose is to promote a Region, County, State, Community, or Island.
  • Tourism Destination COUNTRIES
    This category is intended for videos whose purpose is to promote a Country.
  • Tourism PRODUCTS
    This category is intended for videos whose purpose is to promote a tourist experience in a particular destination, such as:
    Cultural Tourism; Gastronomic Tourism; Sustainable Tourism; Health and Wellness Tourism; MICE; Rural Tourism; Religious Tourism, Shopping Tourism, etc.
  • Tourism SERVICES
    This category is intended for videos whose purpose is to promote any service provided to tourists, such as:
    Accommodation, Transportation, Restaurants, Museums, Temples and Gardens, Theme Parks, Spas and Thermal Facilities, Recreational Services.
  • Independent TRAVEL VIDEOS
    This category is for non-fully sponsored videos produced by independent filmmakers. The theme of the video entered in this category must always be related to travel or one of the thematics above.
JUDGING PROCESS

The judges who integrate the CIFFT Circuit festivals are made up of renowned professionals and specialists in the areas of Tourism, Marketing, Advertising, Communication and Journalism, Cinema and Audiovisual from all over the world.

Festivals are independent and responsible for selecting and managing their own panel of judges.

The works submitted and accepted in the competition are evaluated following criteria such as Impact, Concept, Creativity, Storytelling, Objectivity, Originality, Technical Production and Visual Performance.

THE WORLD’S BEST TOURISM FILM AWARDS

Annually the World’s Best Tourism Films are awarded by the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals (CIFFT), endorsed by UNWTO (World Tourism Organization), ETC (European Travel Commission, CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization), and CATA (Centro America Tourism Association).

The exclusive World’s Best Tourism Film Awards honours the most creative and innovative Travel Videos of the year at a memorable award ceremony in Vienna, Austria. Only the best makes it to this final after passing and convincing the judges of the different stages spread across four continents that make up the CIFFT circuit.

The Top 3 films in each of the six thematic categories will be awarded according to their position in the ranking list (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) as the “World’s Best Tourism Films” of the year. 

Traditionally the winners sponsor some brand activation and invite the festival participants to the activities. (Please contact us for more details).

CIFFT RANKING LIST

All the winners of the International Competition of the CIFFT Member Festivals related to tourism promotion are eligible for the World´s Best Tourism Film Awards; The Ranking List includes six categories:

    • Tourism Destination Cities;
    • Tourism Destination Regions;
    • Tourism Destination Countries;
    • Tourism Services;
    • Tourism Products;
    • Independent Travel Video;

The CIFFT Ranking List determines the World’s Best Tourism Films in each of the six categories.
The rating is expressed on a scale from 2 to 13. The film receives points according to the award obtained at the festival. For that purpose, the following table is taken into account:

Award NamePoints
Grand Prix13
Best Production (Best Documentary, Best Short Doc, Best Promotional, Best Commercial, Best Video Campaign)10
1st prize/Gold9
2nd prize/Silver7
3rd Prize/Bronze5
Arts & Craft5
Finalist Certificate4
Special Award/Certificate2
National Grand Prix5

         Special Notes:

  • In case a film receives more than one award, only the highest award will be taken into account for the ranking list.
  • The awards obtained at the CIFFT candidate festivals do not count for the Ranking List.
  • Regarding the National Competition in some of the festival members, only the Grand Prix Winner will be taken for the Ranking List.
  • The CIFFT Ranking List will be updated and published on our website, as authorized by each entrant, the week after the Awards Ceremony of each festival.
CIFFT "People's Choice" Award

CIFFT “PEOPLE´S CHOICE” AWARD – ONLINE VOTING

CIFFT “People´s Choice” Award is an online voting competition promoted by CIFFT, for all the films that participate in the Grand Prix CIFFT Circuit registered through CIFFT Full Entry Service and the winner will be recognized with the title of the World´s Best Tourism Film – CIFFT “People´s Choice” Award.

These Voting Rules and Procedures for the CIFFT “People’s Choice” Award are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of CIFFT. Void where prohibited.

Voting is simple and easy. To vote, visit www.cifft.com and follow the links to complete the Voting Process. The Finalist who receives the most votes during the Voting Period (defined below), as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, will be named the CIFFT “People’s Choice” Award Winner, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the Contest Entrant Official Rules. Voting will be conducted pursuant to these Voting Rules and Procedures and any such other rules and procedures as Sponsor may from time to time designate.

ELIGIBILITY

Everyone with internet access can make a vote. The vote is anonymous. We do not store your data.

VOTING PERIOD & RESTRICTIONS

Voting is open from 12:00AM CET October 01, 2021, to 12:00AM CET October 25, 2021Voting is limited to one vote per day and IP Address or Browser Session during the Voting Period. Sponsor reserves the right to change the limit on the number of Votes, in its sole discretion. Notification regarding any such change will be posted on the Website.

HOW TO VOTE ONLINE

Access to the Website to view the Voting choices available in the Online Voting page on the Website during the applicable Voting Period. You may submit your Vote during the Voting Period by clicking “Vote” on the entry videos.

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Sponsor has the right, in its sole discretion, to void any Vote that appears, to have been made by a person not meeting the eligibility requirements set forth above, or to be an automated or duplicate Vote, and has the right to permanently disqualify from any Voting any person it believes has violated these rules. If for any reason the Voting is not capable of being run or implemented as planned, including, but not limited to, as the result of infection by computer viruses or bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, or any other cause beyond the control of the Sponsor, which is likely to, or actually corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Voting, then Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to withdraw the transmission of any Vote and/or to terminate or suspend the Voting at any point and declare the Voting results for the People’s Choice based upon the Votes up to that point. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual (and all of his/her competition entries) who tampers with the Voting process.

In the event of technical difficulties with the Voting, including, but not limited to, mobile or Internet service interruptions, Sponsor reserves the right to review the Votes for accuracy and to take any appropriate action, including, without limitation, voiding the Votes cast during the time period in which such technical difficulties occurred. Released Parties are not responsible for any computer, network, technical, electronic, human or other errors or problems of any kind, for any injury or damage to participants or to any person’s computer or mobile phone relating to or resulting from Voting or downloading materials or software in connection with the Voting, or for Votes that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed, lost, or late. By participating, each individual agrees to release and hold the Released Parties harmless against any and all claims and liability of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of their participation in the Voting.

Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information, whether caused by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the competition, or by any technical or human error, which may occur in the processing of the competition entries. Sponsor is not responsible for an interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer transmissions or jumbled, scrambled or misdirected Votes or transmissions, or for phone, electrical, network, computer hardware or software or program malfunctions, failures or difficulties or for other errors, omissions, interruptions, or deletions of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic or for any damage to any person’s computer related to participating in the competition.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Voters are providing information to Sponsors.

RIGHTS OF USE - PROMOTION & PUBLICITY

The entrant is required to assign the streaming rights to the CIFFT to declare, that he is entitled to dispose of all rights to the use of the entry and vouches for these rights vis-a-vis the CIFFT. The entrant warrants that the rights of use held by all authors, owners of ancillary copyrights and other parties involved in the production of the CIFFT entry, except for the rights safeguarded by the performing rights societies, have been acquired in a due and proper manner and the exploitation of the CIFFT entry is not barred by personality rights or other third party rights in any manner whatsoever.

Entering in the CIFFT the entrant transfers rights to the use of the CIFFT entry, specifically the right to present and demonstrate the entry in public either in whole or in part or to distribute the entry in whole or in part on a “Festival Reel” or similar, to the festival. This also applies to stills/images provided to the festival. All aforementioned transfers of use shall be of worldwide validity.

The CIFFT and its members reserves the right to compile entries on a “Festival Reel” or similar, also in processed form, and to distribute same on a medium deemed appropriate. This also applies to stills/images provided.

By entering a film the entrant accepts all Rules and Regulations and also agrees to hold the festival harmless against all costs or claims of third parties arising from any such use by the CIFFT or any member or from false information by the entrant. Exclusive place of jurisdiction is Vienna, Austria. The CIFFT will not sell or rent personal data provided by you.

DATA PROTECTION

CIFFT supports the right to privacy, including the rights of individuals to control the dissemination and use of personal data that describes them. CIFFT is committed to protecting personal data of the users of our website, and utilizes technical and organization measures to protect your data. CIFFT supports and complies with domestic and international laws and regulations that seek to protect the privacy rights of such individuals.

This website, is owned and operated by Alexander Kammel, Österreichisches Film – Service e.U., Schaumburgergasse 18, Vienna, Austria. CIFFT Data Protection Officer can be reached at [email protected] or by mail at:

CIFFT
Alexander Kammel, Österreichisches Film – Service e.U.
Schaumburgergasse 18
AT-1040 Wien

When visiting our website, you are not required to provide any personal data. CIFFT relies on consent or other lawful principles established for data collection under applicable laws.

However, when registering for the competition, subscribing to receive CIFFT marketing materials or when purchasing CIFFT services or in other circumstances, you may be required to provide some or all of the personal data listed below. If you have provided CIFFT with your personal data, you have the rights described below in the Data Subject Rights section below.

CIFFT collects additional non-personal data as described in the subsequent section of this Notice (Additional Data Collection Activities).

Any data collected may be used in CIFFT business to provide you the information of new services we offer and to aid in CIFFT sales and marketing efforts, and may result in you being contacted by CIFFT. 

Data Subject Rights

Everyone

You may request from CIFFT access to, correction of, blocking of and/or deletion of your personal data in line with applicable data protection law. You may also withdraw your consent for CIFFT to process your personal data.

Additional Data Collection Activities (Automatic Information)

CIFFT automatically receives and records information about the use of the website either directly or through third party tracking utility providers. This may include cookies, IP addresses, your browser type, operating system version, language settings, which locally installed CIFFT applications you use (if any) and how you use them, the web page you were visiting immediately prior to visiting our website, pages of our website that you visited, the time spent on those pages, information you searched for on our website, access times and dates, and other statistics. This data is not combined with your personal data collected directly from you.

CIFFT uses IP addresses to help diagnose problems and to administer the CIFFT website. When you visit our Website, we recognize only your domain name and not your e-mail address. We will see your e-mail address only if you provide it or send us an e-mail message.

CIFFT does not ask you for, access or track any location based information from your device. If CIFFT wishes to do so in the future to enhance our website, CIFFT will specifically ask your permission.

As stated above, the collection of personal data is not required for accessing this website. However,

CIFFT collects the additional data for the maintenance and optimization of its website.

Additional Transfers

CIFFT may share personal information with its festival members and with staff working on our behalf as necessary to complete your requests and to provide you CIFFT products and services. We may also share data when required by law or to respond to legal process. CIFFT, its festival members, and/or the staff may be located in countries that are not considered to provide an adequate level of data protection as established by the European Data Protection Directive (95/46/EG) or the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (GDPR), including the United States. Where required under applicable law, CIFFT will implement appropriate measures to secure the data transfers in accordance with applicable data protection laws. Such measure may include use of the Model Clauses or the Privacy Shield Framework.

CIFFT has responsibility for the processing of personal information it receives under the Privacy Shield and subsequently transfers to a third party acting as an agent on its behalf. CIFFT remains liable under the Privacy Shield Principles if an agent processes personal data covered by this Notice in a manner inconsistent with the principles, except where CIFFT is not responsible for the event giving rise to the damage.

In certain situations, CIFFT may be required to disclose personal data in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.

In compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles, CIFFT commits to resolve complaints about our collection or use of your personal information.

Festival members

The following CIFFT festivals members and Candidates also comply with the Privacy Shield Principles:

  • Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards, Cannes, France;
  • New York Festivals, Las Vegas, USA;
  • ART&TUR – International Tourism Film Festival; Center of Portugal;
  • International Tourism Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Silafest – International Festival of Tourism & Ecology Film, Veliko Gradište, Serbia
  • Zagreb TourFilm Festival, Zagreb, Croatia;
  • Amorgos Tourism Film Festival, Amorgos, Greece;
  • terres Travel Festival, Tortosa, Spain;
  • Japan World’s Tourism Film Festival, Aomori, Japan;
  • ITFFA – International Tourism Film Festival Africa, Cape Town, South Africa;
  • Internationale Wirtshaftsfilmtage, Vienna, Austria;
  • US International Awards, Los Angeles, USA.

GDPR

Data Subjects covered by the GDPR are afforded additional rights including:

  • The Right to be Forgotten: you have the right to request the erasure of the personal data submitted to CIFFT; this means you can request CIFFT restrict your data from any further processing, and have your data deleted if possible.
  • Complaints may also be submitted to the applicable supervisory authority in the European Economic Area, which includes the data protection authority in your locality (for example, in the U.K., the supervisory authority would be the Information Commissioner’s Office).

Updates to this Privacy Notice

CIFFT may update this Privacy Notice from time to time. If we modify this Privacy Notice, we will post the revised version here. We may also provide notification of material changes by other means such as posting a notice on our website.

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