Press Release 2020
Help, by Madrid Destino in Spain wins the Grand Prix Award at the 2020 Amorgos Tourism Film Festival. The 11th Amorgos Tourism Film Festival took place in Amorgos, Greece between 11-14 November 2020. Due to the international lock downs and complications related to the spread of coronavirus globally, the Festival was held and released exclusively online.
The International Jury awarded films from 15 countries. Portugal was the country with most winners, seven in total, followed by Spain with four, three for Germany, two for France, Italy, Japan, and Austria and one winner from Greece, Denmark, Ukraine, Maldives, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, UK and Peru.
The 11th Amorgos Tourism Film Festival received more than 700 competing entries from 50 countries, which reflect the Festival’s competitive and international character. In parallel with the video screenings, various speeches were held during the 4-day event. The importance of films for the local economy was presented by renowned Greek journalist, Kostas Margaritis, as well as a speech about Amorgos as a filming location by 360MediaTV producer Laurence Koe. The Hellenic Film Commission, represented by its director, Mrs. Venia Vergou, held a panel discussion on “Film Commissions, Film Production, and Tourism Development go hand in hand”. Santi Valldeperez presented a very relevant talk on Travel Videos and their significance for Tourism industry, and Aristarchos Papadaniel discussed Transmedia Storytelling: Where the story travels through media. The virtual Festival was held exclusively at the Aegialis Hotel & Spa in Amorgos, Greece.
About the Festival
The International Amorgos Tourism Film Festival is an annual four-day event organized by the Cultural Women’s Association of Amorgos and the Municipality of Amorgos. It started in 2010 during the 8th International Congress of Culture and Tourism YPERIA and the main purpose of the Festival is to create an international platform for enhancing global tourism through audiovisual media and reward the World’s Best Tourism Films and Travel Videos. The Amorgos Festival is a member of the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals – CIFFT, an organization based in Vienna.