296 projects from 27 countries across the world are competing for the first worldwide contest reserved for events and live communication. The countdown for Bea World Festival has officially begun.
This year is already a 'record' edition. Not only the Best Event Awards has opened its doors to the whole world, turning the Eurpean competition into the first worldwide contest reserved for events and live communication. Indeed, this edition has seen the highest number of entries ever: 296, i.e. +7% compared to the previous year.
The shortlist has been determined by a preliminary online voting session; 133 shortlisted entries will compete for the iconic elephant trophies. "When we decided to go global, we knew that it would be a huge challenge - says Salvatore Sagone, President of ADC Group and founder of Bea World. What we didn't know at the time, is that this first year of the global award would be such a great success. The choice proved to be a winning one and is now leading to the most challenging event ever."
Agencies representing 27 countries are competing for the Elephant Awards. Italy leads the ranking of countries represented with 73 entries, of which 24 made the shortlist. Just behind, Germany with 51 entries and 20 shortlisted, France (22/17), Russia (21/12), Spain (16/5) and the Czech Republic (16/6). Among non-European countries, China stands out with 3 shortlisted events from its total 5 submissions, and Qatar will have 1 challenger from 3 candidates. However, none of the entries submitted by the United Arab Emirates (4), Canada (2) and the USA (1 entry), managed to make the final shortlist.
Entries will compete in 19 categories (14 event categories and 5 feature categories) and 2 macro categories and will be judged by an influential Jury, consisting of top representatives with international responsibility from corporate companies as well as members of local national event agencies’ associations from different countries in the world. This year, Andrea Faflíková, CEEMEA Senior PR & Event Manager at The LEGO Group, will chair the Jury.
On November 16th at Alfandega Porto Congress Center all nominees will have the chance to showcase their projects live to both the Jury and an audience of peers and will then be assessed again to establish the winners of the Best Event Awards 2017 before joining a dinner all together at Porto Cruise Terminal. All awarded events will be announced on November 17th, during the Bea World Award Ceremony at Rivoli Theater. At the end of the ceremony, the guests will join an after party to celebrate all winners and participants alike at Atneu Comercial do Porto.