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TypeFilm studio
Founded16 April 1923; 100 years ago (1923-04-16)
FoundersHamo Beknazarian
Daniel Dznuni
HeadquartersYerevan, Armenia
OwnerGovernment of Armenia

Armenfilm (Russian: Арменфильм; Armenian: Արմենֆիլմ), also known as Hayfilm (Armenian: Հայֆիլմ), is an Armenian film studio located in Yerevan. The studio was founded on 16 April 1923 as a production unit of the Soviet State Cinema Organization, with Daniel Dznuni as the first director.[1]

Armenfilm was sold by the state to private investors in 2005 with a long list of conditions to revitalize the studio's equipment and produce new content. It was renamed as CS Film Studios but failed to produce the required new feature films. In 2015, the Government of Armenia decided that the new management had failed to satisfy the conditions of the sale and moved to reclaim the studio's assets.[2]


  • 1923 - The organization "Goskino" was created within the People's Commissariat of Education of Armenia, as well as the association "Gosfotokino."
  • 1928 - The studio was renamed as "Armenkino."
  • 1938 - The studio was renamed as "Yerevan Film Studio."
  • 1957 - The studio was renamed as "Armenfilm."
  • 1959 - The newsreel and television sector was reallocated to the independent Yerevan Studio of Documentary Films.
  • 1966 - The studio was named after Hamo Beknazarian.
  • 2005 - The film company was sold to the company "Armenia Studios" (part of the holding CS MEDIA CITY, which in turn is owned by members of the Armenian diaspora in the United States – the Cafesjian and Sarkisian families. The new owner committed to invest $66 million into the studio over 10 years.
  • 2015 - The studio was reclaimed by the Government of Armenia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rollberg, Peter (2008). Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 56–59. ISBN 978-0-8108-6072-8.
  2. ^ "Government To Renationalize Armenian Film Studio". «Ազատ Եվրոպա/Ազատություն» ռադիոկայան. Retrieved 19 March 2018.