Grand Opening of Golden Apricot Held Yesterday
Festival in Media

138 films are offered to the audiences for 7 days. New films of Kim Ki-Duk, Sergei Loznitsa, Aki Kaurismäki, Ruben Östlund and other famous directors will be shown within "British Film Week", "Yerevan Nights" and "Yerevan Premieres" programmes. The tribute screenings of Andrzey Wajda, Jean-Pierre Melville and other outstanding cinematographers will also be held.

Competition programme of the festival is presented in three sections: "Feature competition", "Documentary Competition", "Armenian Panorama". Besides from the international jury, films will be judged by an independent jury of FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) and Ecumenical Jury.

12 films take part in Feature Competition. Among German, Canadian, Indian and Ukrainian films, Giorgi Ovashvili's ‘Khibula' will be shown, introduced at Karlovy Vary 52nd International Film Festival.

Rati Oneli's ‘City of the Sun' is between the participants of Documentary Competition. The film has won the Grand Prize of Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK and the award of the Federal Office of Cultural diversity of Eastern Europe Film Festival goEast. It was announced as the best international feature film at Madrid International Documentary Film Festival.

Feature competition films will be judged by the jury of 5 film professionals, headed by an Academy Award winning film director Hugh Hudson. This director is well known to our audience without any special presentation as he has visited Tbilisi Film Festival several times and he was even a head of a jury in 2006. Hudson's most famous movie is "Chariots of Fire" which tells the story of the 1924 Olympics. The film got him 4 Oscars back then. 

As for another interesting competition section of the festival - "Armenian Panorama" - it will present Armenian feature, documentary or short films of the latest times. General director of our festival Gaga Chkheidze is invited as a member of the jury in this section.

"The Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform" - it's the series of workshops held during the festival since 2008. The program is held within the frame of EU initiative "Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process" and it has supported creation of 20 films so far. The commission has selected 10 best applicants out of the 36 applied and will award the winner a prize of 7,500 euro.

With the support of Rotterdam and Busan IFFs, Golden Apricot holds the program "Directors Across Borders" (DAB) since 2007. This network made especially for film professionals offers different workshops, trainings and presentations to the participants.

"Golden Apricot" was established in 2004 by three like-minded people - Harutyun Khachatryan (film director and Festival General Director), Mikayel Stamboltsyan (film critic and Program Director) and Susanna Harutyunyan (film critic and Artistic director). In 2005-2015 the festival was headed by a famous film director Atom Egoyan. The name of the outstanding director busted the popularization of the festival and soon "Golden Apricot" got the attention of foreign media.

In 2009, the festival got the Hollywood foreign press association's award. „Our representatives visit the largest European festivals annually: Venice, Cannes and Berlin, however we are also trying to expand the framework of developing and promising festivals. We had heard about GAIFF a lot: today we are here and delighted. By this award we wish to emphasize the success and importance of the Armenian festival", - claimed the member of the association.

Throughout the history of the festival, among the guests of honors there were: Wim Wanders, Tonino Guerra, Claudia Cardinale, Fanny Ardant, Theo Angelopoulos, Lee Chang-dong, Fatih Akin, István Szabó e.t.c.

Winners of the Grand Prize the "Golden Apricot" will be announced on July 16.




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