Here Are Your 2017 FestX Award Winners!Article by: Laura Mason|@masonlazarus
Wed December 13, 2017 | 22:24 PM
This week, Everfest and XLIVE unveiled the first annual FestX Awards. While the European Festival Awards and UK Festival Awards have been going on for years, the first festival awards show in the U.S. had never materialized until now. More than just a great party, festivals are a slice of our world at large. They build year-round communities, delight all five of our senses, create inclusive spaces, and make magic year after year. Simply put, it's time the best established and up-and-coming worldwide festivals gained a nod from the U.S. festival community.
In 13 different categories, 57 festival finalists were selected after a monthlong public online submission period. From film to food to rock festivals, the finalists spanned nearly every size, vibe and genre. More than 120 global festival industry insiders submitted entries for consideration. Finalists hailed from four continents and thirteen countries including Mexico, the Netherlands, Canada, Romania, Poland, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Thailand, Japan, Costa Rica, Finland, and all over the United States.
Our illustrious judging panel included 14 industry experts, and was a mix of festival producers, journalists, agents and other festival industry players from SXSW, C3 Presents, CAA, WME, Billboard, and Country Music Association. The "Fan's Choice Award" winner, Vive Latino, received more than six thousand votes from festival fans on Everfest's community platform.
And the 2017 FestX Award winners are...
2017 FestX Awards Judging Panel
Best Production Design
Everywhere you turn in the fantasy-inspired Sherwood Forest, there's something magical to behold. Electric Forest pays homage to Alice in Wonderland and other hallucinatory tales, and owes its otherworldly vibe to its mystical location and two weekends' worth of intergalactic, multi-genre lineups. While you don’t have to be on any substances to have a good time, the surreal sights and sounds are enough to give you a contact high. With curation and vision from Creative Director Nova Han at Madison House Presents, Electric Forest is part art installation, part light show and part pure, unadulterated nature. Sherwood Forest is a wooded chill zone in the day, bedecked with hammocks and art, and a living pulse of light by night. A walk amongst the trees reveals surprise performances, interactive art displays and extravagant, illuminated woodland parties.
Best Brand + Festival Pairing
Panorama's THE LAB is one of the trippiest sights you'll see at any festival. For two years running, Panorama, HP, and META have brought attendees an interactive experience that combines technology, artistry, and design, created exclusively by New York City–based artists. THE LAB, curated by META, places experiential digital art at the heart of the festival, with six interactive installations and a massive 360-degree, virtual-reality theater. THE LAB, powered by HP, is a playground of music and technology that can only be experienced at Panorama.
Best Family-Friendly Festival
Outstanding Social Impact
Outstanding Green Event
Best Use of Technology at a Festival
Best Beer + Wine Festival
Best Fan Community
Best eSports Festival
Best Food Festival
Best New Festival
Fan's Choice Award
Best Relationship with Fans