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Countdown to the 13th Best Event Awards, the contest reserved for events and live communication from all over the world, has formally begun with the announcement of the official entries’ shortlist. Three records were set this year, in terms of entries (303 total submissions, +2.4% compared to last year), competing agencies (122, +10.9% compared to 2017) and countries represented (28).

151 shortlisted entries, from 26 countries, will compete this year for the iconic elephant trophies. Winners will be announced and awarded on a glittering night during the Bea World Festival – Where Creativity Meets Business, which will take place in Coimbra, in the Centre of Portugal, from November 21st to 24th.

The shortlist, that can be seen here, was announced at the end of an online ballot overseen by a Jury Panel, which includes representatives of top corporate companies with local and international responsibility and senior members of national event associations from different countries in the world.

Entries will compete in 19 categories (15 event categories and 4 feature categories) and 3 macro categories (B2C < €500,000, B2C > €500,000 and B2B > €500,000). All shortlisted agencies will have the opportunity to present their projects live in Coimbra during the Bea World Festival in front of the audience and the Jury, led this year by Gerd De Bruycker, Marketing Director at Cisco Systems: a further chance to convey the strengths of the finalist events.