Yerevan International Film Festival

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Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival
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Location Yerevan, Armenia Armenia
Founded 2004
Directed by

Atom Egoyan (Honorary Chairman)

Harutyun Khachatryan (General Director)

Susanna Harutyunyan (Artistic Director)

Mikayel Stamboltsyan (Program Director)
Produced by “Golden Apricot” Fund for Cinema Development, Armenian Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists
Festival date July
Language Armenian, English
www.gaiff.am

The Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival (GAIFF) (Armenian: «Ոսկե Ծիրան» Երևանի միջազգային կինոփառատոն) is an annual film festival held in Yerevan, Armenia.[1] The festival was founded in 2004 with the co-operation of the “Golden Apricot” Fund for Cinema Development, the Armenian Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists. The GAIFF is continually supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the RA, the Ministry of Culture of the RA and the Benevolent Fund for Cultural Development.The objectives of the festival are "to present new works by the film directors and producers in Armenia and foreign cinematographers of Armenian descent and to promote creativity and originality in the area of cinema and video art".[2]

History[edit]

The "Golden Apricot" Annual Film Festival was established in 2004 in Yerevan, by the “Golden Apricot” Fund for Cinema Development, the Armenian Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Armenia and Benevolent Fund for Cultural Development. Canadian-Armenian director Atom Egoyan was named President of the festival since 2005.[3]

The Festival is dedicated to the theme of Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations, and features a multitude of films representing various nations and religions, collectively depicting the richness of the human experience.

In 2005 the establishment of a network of filmmakers of the region entitled Directors Across Borders was initiated by the "Golden Apricot" Film Festival.[4]

Since 2005 "Golden Apricot" has been functioning under the aegis of the European Cultural Parliament.[5]

Awards & Categories of Competition[edit]

The major awards at the GAIFF are the Golden Apricot and Silver Apricot prizes for feature, documentary and Armenian panorama films. Lifetime achievement is recognized by the Parajonov's Thaler Award, named in honour of Sergei Parajanov.[6]

International Feature Competition: [7]

1. “Golden Apricot” – Best Feature Film

2. “Silver Apricot” – Special Prize

International Documentary Competition: [7]

1. “Golden Apricot” – Best Documentary Film

2. “Silver Apricot” – Special Prize

“Apricot Stone” Short Film Competition: [7]

1. “Golden Stone” – Best Short Film

2. Special Prize

“Armenian Panorama” National Competition: [7]

1. “Golden Apricot” – Best Fiction Film

2. “Golden Apricot” – Best Documentary Film

3. “Silver Apricot” – Special Prize

Winners of the Grand Prix - Golden Apricot main prize for Best Feature Film[edit]

Year Film Producer Country
2004 Ararat Atom Egoyan  Canada
2005 The Sun Alexander Sokurov  Russia/ Italy/ France
2006 Three Times Hou Hsiao-Hsien  Taiwan/ France
2007 Import/Export Ulrich Seidl  Austria
2008 Mermaid Anna Melikian  Russia
2009 The Other Bank George Ovashvili  Georgia/ Kazakhstan
2010 Cosmos Reha Erdem  Turkey/ Bulgaria
2011 A Separation Asghar Farhadi  Iran
2012 In the Fog Sergei Loznitsa  Russia
2013 Circles Srdan Golubović  Serbia

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