Finding Dory wins the very first Belgian Big Screen Award.

The very first “Belgian Big Screen Award”, an annual price for the most popular movie in Belgian theatres, was awarded this week by the Flemish prime minister Kris Peeters to the computer animated movie “Finding Dory” from The Walt Disney Company.

Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Finding Dory focuses on the fish Dory, who journeys to be reunited with her parents.

Prime Minister Kris Peeters, Minister of work, economy, consumer business and foreign trade adds : “The audiovisual sector provides about 5000 jobs in Belgium alone, not to forget that this is and will also stay a growing industry. Between 2008 and 2014 the amount of companies in the audiovisual industry in Flanders increased with a staggering 50%. This has everything to do with the many creative and entrepreneurial talents in our country, that follow their passion. The federal government remains to support this important industry with the Tax Shelter, that provides an amount of 55 million euros to be used for movie productions. “

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Serge Van Eyck, Deputy manager The Walt Disney Company : “Our Belgian team has about 50 very motivated employees, that make sure that the Belgian audience, big and small, can see Disney movies in Belgian theaters. Therefore this Belgian Big Screen Award for Finding Dory is a great recognition for my colleagues and myself. “

The Foreign Investment Trophy 2017

For the fifth year in a row, Flanders Investment & Trade held the prestigious Foreign Investment Trophy on February 21, 2017. The Ghelamco Arena in Ghent provided a setting fit for this thrilling investment competition – highlighting the importance of foreign investment as an economic driver in Flanders and the world.

While five multinationals competed for the trophy for Investment of the Year, two other investors were acknowledged – one with the Lifetime Achievement Trophy, the other with the title of Newcomer of the Year

And the winners are… 

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Following a final, live voting poll, French biopharma firm Sanofi claimed the grand prize at the Foreign Investment Trophy for funneling EUR 300 million into the expansion of its biotech factory in Geel, Flanders.

Flanders_Basf_TrophyThe Lifetime Achievement Trophy goes to German Chemical Giant BASF, five decades after opening its first base at the port of Antwerp in Flanders.

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And last but not least, Kebony could take home the award for Newcomer of the Year.

By choosing Flanders as the location for its first production site outside of its home country, Norwegian wood producer Kebony secured this very first trophy for Newcomer of the Year at the Foreign Investment Trophy 2017.

37 Visit.Brussels ambassadors are awarded for representing our capital!

At an exclusive gala dinner, visit.brussels presented 37 Ambassador awards to the partners who, over the past three years, have contributed exponentially to propagating and supporting Brussels as an international MICE destination.

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MICE is an acronym for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, in which large groups, usually planned well in advance, are brought together for a particular purpose. MICE tourism is also referred to as the “meetings industry”

In front of an audience of academics, doctors, European Commissioners, deans of universities, chairmen and board members of international associations based in Brussels, scientists, hospital directors and other destination partners, the 37 new ambassadors were praised for their efforts and help in bringing major international events to Brussels and reinforcing its image as ideal MICE destination.

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130 people participated in this first edition of the Brussels Ambassadors Night. visit.brussels will use this event to launch a new network that can be activated to allow new international events to take place in Brussels. This will enhance the Belgian capital’s international appeal and promote its local expertise and strengths.

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For many years, the Brussels-Capital Region has successfully concentrated on drawing international events. With its 657 gatherings in 2016, for example, it ranks as Europe’s number one convention destination, and second worldwide.

Noelanders Trophy 2017: The battle of the Bonsais.

Last weekend The Noelanders Trophy 2017 took place in Genk, Belgium. This is a 3-day event that is all about the Ancient Japanese tradition of growing and cultivating bonsais.
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The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years. The cultivation of Bonsais can be extremely difficult, and this competition awards those who have the best know-how to grow the most beautiful and unique-looking Bonsais.

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The event was hold in the Limburghal in Genk with a staggering 4000M² competition floor and a 4000M² vender and professionals area. Live demo’s were held in the Auditorium that can welcome up to 650 guests.

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All the activities were organized by the Bonsai Association Belgium for the 18th year in a row, and features a magnificent bonsai exhibition with the support of all their international bonsai friends.

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The mission of the association is to raise the class and knowledge of the bonsai in Belgium and beyond the borders of our country. Under the mastery of Marc Noelanders, the event offers a network of contacts and knowledge at an international level.

3D trophy factory had the exclusive honor to design and produce these beautiful and natured inspired trophies.

With over 100 Bonsai trees on display, selecting the winners was a tough job for the judges. Go to this website to see the winning trees of the Noelanders Trophy 2016.

There’s a first for everything: take a look at our Trump hair award!

A few months ago we received a very unusual request: “Could you please make us an award in the shape of Trump-hair that is wobbling around on a moving spiral?”

I’m guessing that at this point everybody must have heard about Donald Trump. Without getting too political, let’s just say he’s famous because he’s the president-elect of the united states. What else is he famous for: his all natural(?) weaves; canary-blond and full of secrets. It’s safe to say that our design team was pretty exited when we read the e-mail.

This was definitely one of the most fun challenges for the team. After some sketching and research we finally had our model ready. Then there awaited us another challenge: finding the spiral that would fit the 3D printed hair without moving too much so the award would break or bend over.

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When we finally puzzled everything together and we were super proud of the result! What do you think?

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We’ve made the award for Belgian TV show M/V van het jaar (translation: Man/Woman of the year). This quiz featured Belgium’s biggest names in entertainment and television. The winner was Belgian director and presenter Erik Van Looy. Well done and good luck with your fabulous award!

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The Pokémon revival: it ain’t till it’s over.

Who ever said that the Pokemon revival hit it’s peak this summer with Pokemon Go has no idea what they’re talking about. The hype is still going strong, with a number of new and old disciplines where the famous characters gain an enthusiastic following of fans.

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It’s safe to say that the madness isn’t stopping with Pokemon Go. Card games, merchandising, movies, toys, videogames, even Pokemon donuts are a thing now apparently.

3D trophy factory is also not planning to give up on Pokemon just yet. Apart from catching the occasional Spearow in our office, we’ve also made the awards for the first International Pokemon Championship that took place in London this december.

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The final in london.

Players from around the world gathered at the ExCel Centre in London for the first International Championship of the season Play! Pokémon 2017 . Players are challenged both to the Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game Pokémon Sun and Moon where they are competing for three days to find out who would win the tournament.

The event is the first of its kind, as well as three of the International Championship tournaments scheduled in the Rating Zone Oceania, North America, South America and other important upcoming tournaments across Europe.

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The European champions, along with other successful participants from around the world have increased their Points Championship with the aim of securing a place at the 2017 World Championships. Well done to all players!

Why your employees need to be awarded too.

The trophy-making business can be very awarding (pun intended). We make things everybody loves to get.

And we’ve made them for tons of different occasions; business events, gaming tournaments, marketing awards, golf tournaments and many more.

We saw that our clients are keen to make sure their winners have an memorable experience. We’re asked to design the most crazy and original trophies that are handed out in top-notch award shows. When we see the end-result and pictures of the happy winners, we always feel very proud to be part of such happy moments.

Yet in every company, there are hidden winners that also deserve recognition. People that give their best everyday to deliver the best service or product possible. It’s important to remember that a company’s internal audience is as important as their external audience. Employees need to be recognized for their work, this is essential for every exceptional work place.

Awards are a perfect way to express recognition, for the simple reason that prizes are designed to produce more effort, to give people something to strive towards. This is of great importance in every company, because appreciation is a fundamental human need.

Agreed, there are performance evaluations, year-end reviews and touch-points. These are all moments where an employer has the opportunity to praise an employee for their good work, but nothing says ‘thank you’ more clearly then a beautiful, shiny (3D printed) award.

So if you need some inspiration in how to start your own internal awards program, we are happy to present some of our past projects and collaborations :

1. A company’s anniversary.

The Belgian company Twikit recently celebrated their 4th anniversary, and because companies have birthdays too, the team organized a surprise party. Complete with decorations, balloons, pizza and a 3D printed award with a real candle, the birthday bash was one to remember.

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2.  Reaching a sales target.

Reaching a sales target is often seen a milestone. Keeping your staff motivated to do even better next term is therefore critical. With that in mind, we’ve created this simple yet elegant text totem. Feeling inspired? In our webshop there are numerous examples of easy-to-create text totems and awards.

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3. The annual company party.

The annual company party is thé opportunity to recognize hard-working employees. Think further than the obligatory casino night or black&white party, and organize an award show for your employees.

Take the Viacom velocity awards ; they hosted their own internal awards show, showcasing their work into several categories and a grand prix winner. The event is a yearly celebration that combines a fun evening between co-workers with an exiting award show.

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4. And pretty much everything else.

There are endless occasions and events to present awards in your company, we just named a few. A co-worker that is retired? Employee of the month? Or award that one colleague that is infamous for their bad jokes? Everything is possible. For a custom award or inspiration, don’t hesitate to contact one our designers. Or discover more in our look-book.

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We’ve made 22 trophies for the first ever Dutch Search awards!

 

The Dutch Search awards is the first edition in The Netherlands, where excellence and efforts in Dutch search marketing are put in the spotlight. This award show is thé opportunity for search agencies and professionals to show their best cases and solutions to a professional jury.

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During the evening gala last night in Amsterdam, the 22 trophies were awarded within 4 different categories. Winners included prominent dutch agencies such as Blue Mango, Wehkamp en IProspect. Congratulations to all agencies that could take one of our designs back home!

Bigger, biggest, best. Our design for the Viacom Velocity Awards

We’ve designed one of our biggest awards to date:  The Viacom Velocity Award. Viacom Velocity is a full-service marketing and creative content team within the Viacom Marketing and Video Partner Solutions group. You might have heard about Viacom, the world’s sixth largest broadcasting and cable company that hold television networks such as MTV, Comedy central, Nickelodeon and many more.

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The Viacom Velocity Awards hosts its own internal awards show, showcasing their work into several categories and a grand prix winner. The award itself is a combination of two different materials and techniques. The foot is carved out of solid oak and personalized with laser-cutting technology. The top part is fully 3D printed and finished in the Viacom house style colour. This is the biggest award we have designed to date and the team is very proud of this one. Congratulations to the winners that could take these beasts back home!

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Revenge of the nerds: The 5 biggest prizes in gaming tournaments

The gaming industry has definitely gone trough some major changes over the last few years, with competitive gaming reaching new heights of popularity.  After we made the insane looking award for King of the Kill a few weeks ago, we started to get curious.. It seems that competitive gaming has been taken out of the player’s living room and placed into the world’s biggest venues. Thousands of spectators are watching these games live, and we’re not even mentioning the ones that view these tournaments on live streams.
thumb_img_1294_1024Competitive gaming or e-sports are a million dollar industry with an extremely loyal community of gaming enthusiasts and fans. More than 20 years after the first video game tournaments, the top eSports events draw audiences that would make traditional sports events jealous. Companies like Coca cola, Nissan and Red bull are just some of the high-level sponsors that are part of this insane marketing machine. This results in prize money that trumps tournaments such as Tour de France or the Super bowl. If you want your kid to become the next top-earning athlete, then you might want to reconsider buying a PS4 of a PC instead of those of expensive private tennis lessons.

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-23-50-amWith numerous tournaments taking place every year there is big money to be earned in professional gaming. How to be a millionaire in a few years? 1. Say farewell to your social life 2. Learn how to play one of these games :

1. Dota 2

Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena game (or MOBA) developed by Valve. Like most other MOBAs, Dota 2 is free. The predecessor to Dota 2 is DotA, or Defense of the Ancients and it started out as a custom-built level from Warcraft III, developed by Blizzard entertainment. The biggest compitition for DOTA players is The International, one of the biggest tournaments in the gaming industry.

Fun fact: the prize pool for this tournament is completely sponsored by crowdfunding!

  • Overal Prize pool : $87,350,589.90
  • Players competing : 1651 Players
  • Number of Tournaments : 639

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2. League of legends 

League of legends is an all-time classic MOBA and completely free. The game is all about objective defense — a glorified capture the flag, if you will. League of legends is a direct competitor to Dota 2.

Fun fact: In 2014, for the first time, the streamed game’s broadcast attracted more viewers than the NBA Finals

  • Overal Prize pool : $30,923,548.39
  • Players competing : 4258 Players
  • Number of tournaments : 1754

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3.Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a first-person shooter that was released in August 2012. The game is part of the Counter-Strike series and one of the most-played shooters worldwide.

Fun Fact: Like Dota 2, The game is also developed by Valve.

  • Overal Prize pool : $21,600,192.54
  • Players competing : 5958
  • Number of tournaments : 1878

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4. Starcraft II

Starcraft II is a real-time strategy computer game created by Blizzard Entertainment. Starcraft II is a sequel to (you guessed it) the already very popular Starcraft.

Fun fact: the game was sold 1,5 million times in the first 48 hours.

  • Overal Prize pool : $20,516,707.76
  • Players competing : 1584
  • Number of tournaments: 3904

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5. Counter-strike 

Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter game released by Valve, in which players join either the terrorist team, the counter-terrorist team, or become spectators.

Fun fact : Recently, Counter strike was the victim of a huge gambling scandal 

  • Overal Prize pool : $10,765,812.78
  • Players Competing : 2587
  • Number of Tournaments:  572

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The winners of these gaming tournaments are awarded with the craziest looking trophies. The bigger the better definitely implies here, and the designs are unique and often reference to the story of that game.

Storytelling trough awards and flawless designs is something that we know all to well here at 3D trophy factory. Take a look at our look book and don’t forget to keep an eye on our website for future projects!

Source : http://www.esportsearnings.com/games