The 12th Amorgos Tourism Film Festival took place in the astonishing Amorgos Island between November 4th and 9th, bringing together professionals from the Tourism, Audiovisual and Marketing industries and awarding the best Tourism Videos and Documentaries. The festival intends to create a platform for enhancing global tourism through audiovisual media and promote the region's culture and sustainable tourism.
This year, the Greek Stage of the CIFFT Circuit featured 135 entries from 37 countries. The competition is divided into the thematic categories Tourism Destination Cities, Regions, Countries, Tourism Services, Tourism Products, Independent Travel Videos, Documentaries and Fiction.
All the participants had to prove their potential to the International Jury according to diversified criteria, such as Impact, Concept, Creativity, Storytelling, Objectivity, Originality, Technical Production and Visual Performance. In total, 25 productions from 5 continents were selected by the Grand Jury to receive prestigious awards.
On November 7th, the winners were announced in an Award Ceremony held at the luxurious Aegialis Hotel & Spa, with an outstanding view of the island’s blue waters. The production "Vilnius: Amazing Wherever You Think It Is", produced by Wide Wings and Bechtle & Milzarajs for Go Vilnius (Lithuania), was honoured with the most significant award of the festival - the Grand Prix.
The video, which also received 1st place in the Tourism Destination Cities category, collects international awards in the CIFFT Circuit 2021, including the Grand Prix at the Tourfilm Riga (Latvia) and the International Tourism Film Festival Cappadocia (Turkey), among many others. These achievements lead "Vilnius: Amazing Wherever You Think It Is" to the 1st position in the CIFFT Ranking List of best videos promoting a city.
As festival attendees were filmmakers, tourism representatives and journalists worldwide, involved in panel discussions related to Tourism Development, Audiovisual Production in the Tourism Industry, and New Trends in Travel Video Marketing. The festival also provided Film Academy for students, film screenings and immersive experiences in Amorgos’ local culture.
In addition to the Film Festival, Amorgos also hosted the 18th Culture and Tourism Conference YPERIA, a forum for international exchange and dialogue on cultural heritage preservation, nature protection and patrimony promotion.
Since 2017, Amorgos Tourism Film Festival has been an official member of the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals (CIFFT) and part of the most prestigious competition for Travel Video Marketing – the CIFFT Circuit.
Co-organized by the Amorgos Cultural Women Association and the Municipality of Amorgos, the festival counts with the support of the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Greek Film Commission & Greek Film Center, and the National Tourism Organization of Greece.
Created in 1989, the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals (CIFFT) brings together the World’s Best Tourism Film Festivals from four continents at the most prestigious awards and recognition initiative in Travel Video Marketing Industry - the CIFFT Circuit.
In partnership with the endorsers UNWTO (World Tourism Organization), ETC (European Travel Commission), CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization), and CATA (Centro America Tourism Association), CIFFT works to encourage tourism destinations to achieve excellence in promoting their products, services, and locations using video.