RTA film receives double distinction at tourism film festivals

Prizes were awarded last Friday, the 27th

The video documentary «The Algarve in the Portuguese Discoveries», produced by New Light Pictures for the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA), was double awarded at the main national tourism film festivals.

Last Friday, the 27th, it was distinguished at the ART&TUR International Tourism Film Festival, with the «Best Documentary Award» for «Tourist Destinations – Regions». Two weeks earlier, it won the «Special Jury Prize» at the Finisterra – Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival, in the «Short Documentary» category.

«The Algarve's historical connection to the Portuguese Discoveries is an asset that is still underutilized in promoting the region as a cultural tourism destination. Therefore, it is with great satisfaction that we receive the news of this film's double distinction, in the hope that we will enhance this cultural offer and attract unique visitors, making the Algarve's role in this historical context better known", declares André Gomes, president of RTA.

«It's been more than 500 years and the memory of the great Portuguese Epic still echoes in the present. Any of us Portuguese, if we close our eyes at the seashore, we will be able to hear the adventure, courage and bravery of these men of another breed, of these men of desire and design, whose audacity and faith made them believe in the possibility of go further», he continues.



In a note, the RTA also highlights that it was in the Algarve that many of these adventures began, something that is recalled in the script of the award-winning video, which lasts around 13 minutes and is available in Portuguese, English and Spanish on the VisitAlgarve YouTube channel.

The 16th edition of the ART&TUR International Tourism Film Festival, which showcased the best tourism audiovisual productions made in Portugal and around the world, bringing together 262 films from 47 countries, ended last Friday, October 27th, at Caldas da Rainha, with the announcement of the winners.

In turn, the awards ceremony for the 11th Finisterra – Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival took place on October 12th, in Sesimbra.

«The Algarve in the Portuguese Discoveries» was produced as part of the EXPLORATERRA application, co-financed by the INTERREG VA Spain-Portugal program (POCTEP).

Also the Municipality of Vila do Bispo received a distinction at the Tourism Film Festival, with the promotional video “The Great Conspiracy”, in the Tourist Destinations – Cities category.