ArmInfo.Annually on April 16 the Day of Armenian cinema will be celebrated in Armenia. The amendments to the law "On Holidays and Memorable Dates" were made at the May 10 sitting of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia in first reading.
Presenting the draft document, the lawmaker from the Prosperous Armenia faction Naira Zohrabyan noted that it is necessary to celebrate the Day of Armenian cinema in Armenia, as the Armenian cinema has always stood out for its remarkable films. According to Zohrabyan, there were many wonderful and world- famous directors and actors in Armenia. She proposed to celebrate the Day of Armenian cinema on April 16. Despite the fact that the government issued a negative decision on this legislative initiative, the parliamentary commission gave a positive opinion. I hope that the members of the parliament at the plenary meeting will also vote "for", said the MP, noting that on April 16, 1923, the State Committee for Cinematography was established in Armenia, which since 1966 was reorganized into Armenfilm film studio named after Hamo Beknazaryan. During the period of its activity such masterpieces of the Armenian cinematographer as "Namus", "Shor and Shorshor", "Zare" and many others were created at the studio. Zohrabyan also noted that there are insufficient amount of state funds for large investments in the development of cinema. "As we all know, we ratified the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement with the European Union. Moreover, we ratified the cultural component of this agreement, but have not yet ratified the media component of this document. Representatives of all countries that ratify the media component receive large grants aimed at development of the field of cinema. I believe that this would give a good impetus to the development of cinematography in Armenia, "Zohrabyan stressed.