Press Release 2017


The Cultural Association of Tholaria – Amorgos and Aegialis Hotel & Spa are pleased to announce the 15th Amorgos Convention of Culture & Tourism - “YPERIA 2017” and 8th Amorgos Film Festival which will be held on the Greek island of Amorgos from the 26th to the 29th of October 2017The 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 main goal of Amorgos Film Festival is to set up an international platform encouraging global tourism through audio-visual media.

The Topic of  “15th Amorgos Convention of Culture & Tourism” is: “Cinema - A Challenge for local Promotion & Economic Development"  and will inspect subjects such as:

  • Film Commission - A tool of Attraction for International Productions
  • The Role of Cinema Festivals for word wide promotions  - As CIFFT case
  • “Film tourism in Greece: The economical & legal possibilities for investing in a film production in Greece ”

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

This year the Amorgos Film Festival has the priviledge to be an official member CIFFT (Comité International des Festivals du Film Touristique.). CIFFT is a Festival Committee, with currently 16 Tourism Film Festival Members around the globe. Its purpose is to maintain and encourage the consciousness of audio-visual work in the international tourism industry.

Submit your film here until the 15th of August 2017.

All evening screenings and lectures are open to the public so that the inhabitants of Amorgos as well as visitors have the chance to participate and draw information on current developments in the areas of culture and tourism.


Parallel Events

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

Other discussions will also be raised at the same time, within the Convention and Festival's framework:

  • The 1000 year old Byzantine Chozoviotissa Monastery of  Amorgos, a candidate for Unesco Monuments
  • Amorgos Gastronomy


Amorgos Convention of Culture & Tourism - YPERIA

“Amorgos Convention of Culture & Tourism” started in spring of 2003 by a small Cultural Association of women of Tholaria village. They decided to invite experts from around the world and promote the culture and the traditions of Amorgos island. They named it YPERIA that was one of  the ancient names of Amorgos island. Τhanks to the  success of that first meeting, “Amorgos Convention of Culture & Tourism”  became a well established annual event of Culture & Tourism which has been repeated since then, celebrating its15th birthday this year.


Amorgos Film Festival

The Amorgos Tourism Film Festival is an international annual 4-day event organized by the Cultural Association of Tholaria and Aegialis Hotel & Spa  and held during the works of the Amorgos Convention on Culture and Tourism in Aegiali, Amorgos Island, Greece. 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. . From this year, “Amorgos Film Festival” is a member of CIFFT ( International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals) based in Vienna.


We look forward to welcome you and host you in Amorgos.

Andonis Theocharis Kioukas
President of
Amorgos Convention of Culture & Tourism – YPERIA and
Amorgos Film Festival