Following the Equator – A massive success

International Tourism Film Festival in Maldives

“Following the Equator”

at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives


The 1st International Tourism Film Festival (ITFFM) in Maldives concluded at the beautiful The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives last week. For 3 days festival screened amazing clips from across the globe with breathtaking content related to tourism and nature. Some very creative works were witnessed by the attendees. The grand finale was on the 12th of July with the screening of the top nominees, a grand dinner and awarding the winners.

Celebrity figures included Ms. Yang Zi (Actress from China), Ms. Lizzie Cundy (British TV/radio presenter, showbiz, fashion & beauty advisor and model from UK), Ms. Mina Wattan Ramadhan Raheem (Socialite, social media influencer and a travel blogger from Middle East), Mr. Raul Richter (Actor, presenter and vDSC_2790oice actor) from Germany with his fiancé  Ms. Valentina Pahde (Actress), Mr. Jumayyil (Maldivian Actor), Ms. Aishath Rishmy Rameez (Maldivian Actress) and Mr. Abdul Fathaah Abdul Gayoom (Maldivian Film Director) together with some amazing journalists from international media. The presence
of CCTV6, a top TV channel from China, well known tourism journalists from France, Italy, Middle East and Russia, and of course the local media of Maldives which included Public Service Media, Sun Media and Hotelier Maldives, have covered the 3 day event at Iru Fushi and made great news!

The winners at the ITFFM were:

Category of Tourism: “Back to your own time. Holidays in Austria” by Johannes Grebert from the Austrian National Tourist Office from Austria

Category of Clip: “One Wheel Cappadocia” by Sergey Gudzlovenkofrom Kirghizia

Category of Pilgrimage: “Treasrute Island” by Yangirova Anastasia Valeryevna from Russia

Category of Adventure: “Heraklion – Where the Thread of History Begins” by Indigo View from Greece

Category of Environment: “Vandal Tribe” by Serghey Shutyi from RussiaDSC_3506

Category of Sports: “Home of Turquoise” by Daghan Celayir, Ministry of Culture and Tourism Turkey from Turkey

Category of Unique Tourist Site: “Colour your christmas with Zagreb” by Marko Vrdoliak from Croatia

Category of Cognitive: “Dubrovnik and Time” by Hervé Tirmarche, Dubrovnik Tourist Board form Croatia

Category of Ethnographic: “Danube in Serbia” by Srdjan Stankovic, Aleksandar Simic, Supernatural from Serbia

Category of Unique Tourist Site: “Saint-Petersburg Fantasy” by Saint Petersburg Tourist Information Bureau from Russia


Special Awards went to:

Animation: “Dolly Doctor” by Jose Manuel Garcia Alvarez – Asociacion Casa de Rusia a Catalunya from Spain

Clip: “The Path to Autumn” by Vitaliy Shmatchenko from Russian

Tourism: “Norte Region of Portugal – a Unique Region” by José Lemos – CCDR-N/Farol de Ideias from Portugal

Tourism: “Poland’s Riviera” by Agnieszka Pajak and Georg van der Weyden from Poland

Tourism: “5 moments” by Jesper Aeroe from Denmark


The Grand Prix was taken home by “Home of Turquoise”:

Sports:  Daghan Celayir – Ministry of Culture and Tourism Turkey

Among the prizes that were awarded for the winners; included 5 nights stay at the various properties of Sun Siyam Resorts for 2 adults on Full Board with return transfers.

‘Why I deserve the free holiday in Maldives’ winner:

Mr. Skero from Montenegro for his video ‘Don’t let this be our destiny’. This category was open for entry on social media and received strong response. The winner received a fully paid 5 night stay at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives, on all inclusive for two people including seaplane transfers and international flight, which is valued at USD 20,000.DSC_2920

The event was made a huge success from contribution and sponsorship from major stakeholders in the industry. Noteworthy are Mega Maldives and Qatar Airways for their generous offers on the international flight tickets, Spa by Thalgo for contribution on amazing giveaways, TMA providing internal Sea Plane transfers and the local media for the live coverage, airtime and news coverage.

With the success of the 1st International Tourism Film Festival, the plan is to move forward with the event as an annual function. As such, plans are already set to hold the 2nd International Tourism Film Festival in November 2017, at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives. With the experience of the first festival, the organizers are confident that second in the series will be bigger and grander.


About the Following the Equator International Tourism Film Festival:

The International Film Festival “Following the Equator” was labeled as a great success in the world of cinema. The prestigious event is the first of its kind in the Maldives, it aims to gather representatives of different ages, interests and backgrounds at one place and unite them by a common love of the arts, tourism and sports.

Festival entries entailed movies about interesting and unique places all over the world.  Shedding light into the different cultures and histories of countries and their events: DSC_2833lasting from 1 to 13 minutes. Submissions across the globe involved professional, amateur and student films, programs and video-films about tourism, mountains, adventures, pilgrimage, water, ethnographic, cognitive, environmental, the unique tourist site, science, nature, and sports set in different countries.


The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives

Located among the unspoiled islands of Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, a scenic 45-minute sea plane journey from Male, The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is where nature’s simplicity and beauty is in abundance – it’s a world away from the everyday.

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi features 221 luxury oceanfront villas, including 70 over-water bungalows, inspired by traditional Maldivian architecture. All rooms are equipped with the latest in-room amenities including 32” flat-screen TV and Bose home theatre systems.

In addition to 14 restaurants and bar choices, the resort’s unrivalled range of leisure activities and excursions include a fully equipped PADI five-star dive facility and a water sports centre, tennis and badminton courts, kids club and multiple swimming pools. The tropical spa comprises 20 treatments rooms, each dedicated to a different Eastern or Western wellness philosophy for a wide range of health, relaxation and beauty options.

Guests at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi will enjoy luxurious relaxation, while immersing themselves in the rich culture and heritage of the Maldives. Whatever kind of magical getaway guests are looking for; The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi has it all! We cater to every single need; we at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi know what you need!

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