One of the most popular activity to attend this period in Yerevan was Golden Apricot Film Festival. A lot of good movies, artists and filmmakers from different parts of the world, active cultural life, new screenings …this is what many of us was enjoying these days.
When a friend said that she took a vacancy as to attend the festival I was surprised, but after seeing the list of movies, I understood her. The four main competition programmes were designed to present best of the world cinema works both newly relased and classical works to the Yerevan audience. Great chance for movie-lovers.
GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan 2014 /the 11th/ is dedicated to the 90th Anniversary of Sergei Parajanov. You could’ve noticed it even from the logo . And of course his films have been shown during the festival, the opening movie was his famous film “The Color of Pomegranate” .
The festival hosts many honorable guests, some of them have even agreed to give master classes for everyone interested.
Formed in 2014 in Yerevan, it is focused on building cultural bridges and fostering dialogue, it carries the theme Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations.The festival welcomes films representing diverse ethnic groups, religions, and nations that depict the human experience, the daily lives of people, ordinary and extraordinary, their troubles and their joys, as they try to find meaning in a changing world and struggle to redefine themselves in a world that recognizes fewer and fewer boundaries. May be for that reason Golden Apricot International Festival has rapidly become a principal destination for filmmakers of all genres, particularly those advancing universal values of peace, mutual understanding, cultural harmony and cross-pollination.
The festival has a special pan-Armenian competitive section – Armenian Panorama – for short, feature, documentary, and animation films produced by filmmakers of Armenian descent. The opening of the festival is always marked with a traditional blessing of apricots, for which Armenia is famous.
This year’s fest was really interesting one full of various high quality movies and famous guests. See the list of winners bellow .
INTERNATIONAL FEATURE COMPETITION
GOLDEN APRICOT (1st Price): The Tribe, dir.: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (Ukraine)
SILVER APRICOT (Runner Up): Blind Dates, dir.: Levan Koguashvili (Georgia)
Special Jury Mention: Still Life, dir.: Uberto Pasolini (UK/Italy)
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
GOLDEN APRICOT (1st Price): The Stone River, dir.: Giovanni Donfrancesco (Italy/France)
SILVER APRICOT (Runner Up): Domino Effect, dir.: Elwira Niewera, Piotr Rssolowski
APRICOT STONE SHORT COMPETITION
GOLDEN APRICOT (1st Price): Though I Know the River is Dry, dir.: Omar Robert Hamilton, (Palestine/Egypt/Qatar/UK)
Special Jury Prize: Red Hulk, dir.: Asimina Proedrou, (Greece)
GOLDEN APRICOT (1st Price) Fiction Feature-Length: Tevanik, dir.: Jivan Avetissyan, (Armenia/Lithuania)
GOLDEN APRICOT (1st Price) Fiction Short-Length: Milky Brother, dir.: Vahram Mkhitaryan, (Poland/Armenia)
SILVER APRICOT (Runner Up): Fiction Feature-Length: Romanticists, dir.: Areg Azatyan & Shoghik Tadevossian, (Armenia)
Special Diploma: Please, Be Normal, dir.: Hayk Kocharian (USA)
Hrant Matevossian Special Prize for Best Script: Milky Brother, dir.: Vahram Mkhitaryan (Poland/Armenia)
Script: Vahram Mkhitaryan, Aleksandra Majdzińska
FIPRESCI JURY PRIZE
The Tribe, dir.: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (Ukraine)
ECUMENICAL JURY PRIZE
The Abode, dir.: Lusine Sargsyan (Armenia)
Special Commendation – Blind Dates, dir.: Levan Koguashvili (Georgia)
Queen Nuard Special Award of the National Union of Cinematographers:
Please, Be Normal, dir.: Hayk Kocharyan, (USA)
Andin Armenian Journey Chronicles, dir.: Ruben Giney, (China/Armenia/Russia/India)
ARMEN MAZMANIAN SPECIAL AWARD
Resurrection, dir.: Alain Manoukyan, (Armenia)
/source : http://www.gaiff.am/en/1405836805 /