March 13, 2015

Award for Vennbahn film “A path of transmission”

The new Vennbahn film “A path of transmission” has hardly been released, and already it’s garnered an award. At the Berlin Tourism Fair (ITB) the film won the ‘Golden City Gate 2015’ prize (Das Goldene Stadttor 2015) with the evaluation ‘Excellence’ in the category of TV commercials for regional promotion.


“I’m delighted that the new Vennbahn film is so successful fresh out of the box. The award is a spectacular opportunity for us to further promote the film and through it the Vennbahn itself and the entire East Belgium region as a holiday destination”, said Sandra De Taeye, Director of the East Belgium Tourism Agency, when the award was announced in Berlin’s expo centre (Messe Berlin).


Presentation in Cinema ITB

The film was shot on the initiative of, and in partnership with, the East Belgium Tourism Agency: “Several scripts to promote the Vennbahn came into consideration, but this concept from Girafeo, the young film team from Brussels, was the one that convinced us immediately. This tale of transmitting something of value from generation to generation speaks to me personally, just as I’m sure it speaks to the people of East Belgium, in whose lives the Vennbahn has played such an important role. And it makes me even happier that the film has managed to impress the jury and the wider public. This award is a clear sign to us that we were on the right track when we chose “A path of transmission” as our concept. A big thank you to everyone who was involved.”


The award ceremony took place in the context of the film’s presentation in the ITB-Cinema at the world’s largest tourism fair in Berlin. DG Minister Isabelle Weykmans and TAO President Thorsten Maraite accepted the award on behalf of the Vennbahn. The short film “Vennbahn – A path of transmission” presents an emotionally charged and visually intense view of the former railway’s history and its modern destiny as a cycle route, criss-crossing three frontiers. The film is in English with German, French and Dutch subtitled versions available.


“A path of transmission” was filmed on various locations on and around the Vennbahn, as well as the village of Mariembourg in the Ardennes, where the scenes featuring the old steam locomotive were shot. A total of six days were needed for location scouting and shooting. Production and editing (scene selection, voice over, sound mix …) then required a further 17 days.


Jury of 50 experts

The ‘Golden City Gate’ award is the only international competition exclusively intended for film, print and other promotional media from the tourism industry. Filmmaker Wolfgang Jo Huschert, Chairman of the Federal Association of Film and Audio-visual Producers (Bundesverband der Film- und AV-Produzenten, BAV e. V.), created the competition in 2001. A professional jury, consisting of over 50 experts who work in tourism, film or marketing, evaluates the different entries.


The award is granted every year in the context of the international tourism fair, ITB (Internationale Tourismusbörse) in Berlin, where visitors can also see the different entries for themselves. Prizes for the international film competition are given in the categories: City, Hotel, Region, Economy, TV Spot, Travel Documentary and Special Award.


The official patron of the competition is the German Federal Association of Film and Audio-visual Producers, a non-profit organization based in Wiesbaden.


More information:

The Vennbahn short film “A path of transmission” can be seen on National Geographic TV during the month of March.


Internet links:
Youtube-Channel of the East Belgium Tourism Agency
Information on the film competition “Das Goldene Stadttor”