Press Release 2017



Press Release

The Women's Cultural Association of Tholaria – Amorgos island  in cooperation with the Region of South Aegean Islands, are pleased to announce the 15th Amorgos Convention of Culture & Tourism - YPERIA  and  the  8th Amorgos Tourism Film Festival which will be held on the Greek island of Amorgos from the 25th to the 30th of October 2017.The tribute entitled “Environmental education through lifelong learning” is implemented by the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning” and its co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and Greek National Funds.

The Convention aims to promote the culture and sustainable tourism, to preserve the environment locally and internationally, to promote Amorgos, the Cyclades Region and Greece.

The Topic of  the 15th Amorgos Convention of Culture & Tourism is: “Cinema - a Challenge for local promotion & economic development"  and will discuss the following subjects :

  • Film Commission - A tool of Attraction for International Productions
  • The Role of Cinema Festivals for word wide promotions  - The CIFFT case
  • “Film tourism in Greece: The economical & legal possibilities for investing in a film production in Greece ”
  • Film Academy/seminar for future producers and filmmakers.

The Convention is supported and is under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization (EOT), the Ministry of the Aegean and Island Policy,  the  Municipality of Amorgos.

 Amorgos Tourism Film Festival

The Amorgos Tourism Film Festival is an international annual 4-day event, held during the works of the  Amorgos - YPERIA Convention on  Culture & Tourism. The main goal of the event is to set up an international platform encouraging global tourism through audio-visual media. Every year, the best films, documentaries and activities that contribute to the development of domestic and foreign tourism and the implementation of green practices are nominated for an award. Tourism films are a good opportunity to address important issues and highlight the cultural and environmental richness of a place. The 8th Amorgos Film Festival has a special tribute to the subject  Εnvironmental education through lifelong learning, which is implemented through the Operational Program "Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning" and is co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and Greek national funds. Its co-funded projects deal mostly with the improvement of education and employment in Greece. Its main targets relate to the development and promotion of human resources skills, activities against unemployment, strengthen social cohesion and social inclusion of vulnerable social groups, improvement of the quality of education & lifelong learning, awareness on environmental education, linking education with the labour market. The tribute “Εnvironmental education through lifelong learning” is implemented as part of the anniversary events for the 60 years of the European Social Fund.


The 8th Amorgos Film Festival is dedicated to the French director Luc Besson,  on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the film "The Big Blue" - for making Amorgos famous and known around the world.

Film Festival Jury members:

  • Semina Digeni – Journalist & Producer - Greece
  • Panagiotis Milas – Journalist - Greece
  • John Driedonks– Senior lecturer in multimedia journalism, School of Journalism, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences -  Netherlands
  • Ewa Kotus – “Film at” Festival Director - Poland
  • Alexander Kammel - Cifft director – Austria
  • Spomenka Saraga - Film director Croatia
  • Luka Benko Cifft Committee member - Croatia

This year “Amorgos Tourism Film Festival” is a candidate of CIFFT ( International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals) based in Vienna.


Parallel Events

During the Convention, participants will discover the island of Amorgos, walk the ancient trails, collect aromatic herbs from the mountains,  taste local products, attend traditional celebrations and see the work of various artists through exhibitions.

Other  topics and discussions within the Convention and Festival's framework:

  • The 1000-year-old Byzantine Chozoviotissa Monastery of  Amorgos, a candidate for Unesco Monuments/Religious Tourism
  • Amorgos Gastronomy
  • Wellness Tourism
  • Environment protection


History of  “YPERIA” -  Amorgos Convention for Culture & Tourism

It started in spring of 2003 by the Women's Cultural Association of Tholaria -Amorgos island, aiming to promote the Olympic Games of 2004 in Greece and to honour Luc Besson, for his contribution to the island, through his film “The Big Blue”.  They invited  experts from around the world to show off the culture and the traditions of Amorgos island. They named it YPERIA which was one of the ancient names of Amorgos.

We look forward to welcome you and host you in Amorgos

Irene Giannakopoulos
President of YPERIA & Women's
Cultural Association of Tholaria Amorgos island Greece

Andonis Theocharis Kioukas
President of Amorgos Film Festival

Notice: All screenings and lectures are open and free to the public and are accessible to handicapped.