In 2010, an international film festival took place on the island of Patmos with the vision to create a summer meeting point in the Aegean and a platform for creative development.
Over the following nine years, the festival returned annually with the support network of friends and colleagues who worked in collaboration. By 2018, the festival had grown, with the number of guests, partners and sponsors increasing - reaching 7,000 tickets. The festival doubled in terms of duration (from 6 days to 12 days), expanded its destinations (incorporating Paros), created two venues, and introduced 3 new programmes.
The Aegean Film Festival takes place in Patmos and Paros, under the auspices of UNESCO, Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) and the Greek Film Centre (E.K.K).
Along with our principal sponsors COSMOTE TV, SundanceTV and the co-production of the Municipality of both islands (as well as their businesses and hotels), they guarantee that we can continue to educate, entertain and bring together filmmakers from all around the world to create this unique celebration of cinema and storytelling.
We are honoured to present an international programme of more than 70 films, documentaries and shorts with more than thirty premieres where guest filmmakers showcase their work.
See you on the islands!
The Aegean Film Festival Team
The film festival in Patmos has similar characteristics with the Sundance Film Festival in Utah because it attracts and collects independent spirits.
SVP AM, SUNDANCE TV
…well, even if we try, the Aegean Film Festival cannot be expressed and described digitally. It is one of those living ideas, a unique emotional and intellectual experience… that cannot be downloaded
Director of AEGEAN FF
This is the coolest screen to show this movie on, because I feel all we need is a campfire and some marshmallows to roast while you watch. I just love the idea of the film being shown here in the wilds of Hora in Patmos
NEW YORK TIMES Best seller & multi - Award Winning Author
I had a wonderful time. It’s been a really good experience meeting the other filmmakers here, we had a lot of chats and a lot of cross fertilisation, a lot of sun.
Bafta Winning Producer
I just loved the layers of the island, it’s amazing. Living in Hora away from the buzz, it’s a great experience. I am looking forward to discovering all of it
MULT I AWARD WINNING CINEMATOGRAPHER
To be in such a gorgeous island and at the same time to be able to see movies and to talk about them; it’s just priceless. It’s a treasure
Film Actress & Director
We are very lucky to be in this festival and in this special production
TWO ACADEMY AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR
I really enjoyed my time in Patmos and hope the Festival was successful for all conceerned
UK Leading Director
Congrats Babis and your team! This a Michelin Star menu Film Festival with a great sense of sharing