By Laman Ismayilova
The International Film Art & Tourism Festival kicked off in Poland, Azertac reported.
FilmAT, traditionally followed by an international conference, was attended by representatives from 11 countries, including Poland, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Denmark, Czech Republic, and Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan was represented by Culture and Tourism Ministry’s official Fuad Axundov and film director at Baku Media Centre Rufat Karimzadeh.
The event featured the exhibition "Polish architects in Baku", organized upon the initiative of festival organizers as well as the support of the Azerbaijani embassy in the Cultural Center of Lublin. The exhibition will run till the end of June.
Following the festival, Fuad Axundov awarded "Tourist 2016" prize for glorifying Polish values in the world. Also, Baku Media Centre was awarded the Best Promotional Film award in Cultural Tourism Category for the film "Experience the spirit of Azerbaijan". The film " Azerbaijani Cuisine: The Aftertaste" by Yaddash Studio was awarded Tourist Owl.
FilmAT has been active since 2006 and is the only Polish Festival associated to an International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals CIFFT. FilmAT organizes competitions in four parallel areas, in each the highest award is a Grand Prix.
Each area establishes separate Jury Commissions where experienced filmmakers, Oscar holders, international film award winners and specialist from each area, work to decide the best films.
The festival holds conferences of the International Tourfilm Academy, dedicated to Tourism and Ecology Films.
FilmAT together with ” Tourfilm Academy Foundation” has published its quarterly magazine edition. There you will find great articles about Tourism and about our CIFFT Festival Members. The magazine is available in two languages: German and English.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
Follow us on Twitter @AzerNewsAz