Monday, July 8 2019 17:44
Alina Hovhannisyan

16th Golden Apricot International Film Festival opened its doors for  2 thousand guests

16th Golden Apricot International Film Festival opened its doors for  2 thousand guests

ArmInfo.Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex, red carpet, paparazzi flashes, music, famous faces of the Armenian cinema world, over 2 thousand guests - the 16th  Golden Apricot International Film Festival opened in Yerevan.

As previously reported, the ceremony will kick off with movie  "Parasite" by Joon-ho Bong (South Korea) which won the Palme d'Or at  the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

 "It will be a great ''Yerevan Premieres'' ," said Hasmik  Hovhannisyan, executive director of the film festival.  Program  manager Karen Avetisyan noted that it was with great difficulty that  the Armenian audience was able to watch such an exclusive movie.

Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the  Republic of Armenia Ara Khzmalyan also attended the opening ceremony.  He noted that the festival provided an opportunity for the Armenian  film industry to appear before the world, and for the Armenian  audience to get acquainted with world film processes. <Golden  apricot, in my opinion, has not yet fully used its capabilities and  has not yet fully realized its potential. And this is good. Because  it says that "Golden Apricot" is a festival that will still grow and  develop, "he stressed.

This year, according to the film festival Founding director Harutyun  Khachatryan, absolutely everything has changed, starting with the  approach and ending with the design, thanks to a new team in which  young people were involved. "Only our general partner company Viva  Sell-MTS, which has been supporting the festival for 16 years, has  remained the same," he said.

To note, over 100 films will be shown during the festival.  This year  the IFF has received over 740 films from different countries and has  selected a number of films from prestigious international film  festivals such as the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, for the  program.  The jury president of the 16th GAIFF International  Long-Term Competition Program is Aleksandr Mindadze. The jury  consists of director Nicolas Wadimoff  (Switzerland), director,  Tehran International Film Festival President Reza Mirkarimi  (Iran),  producer, Executive Director of Tribeca Film Festival Amy Hobby   (USA), producer Elizabeth Karlsen (UK), film critic Paolo Bertolin  (Italy), actress, director Nino Kirtadze (France).  The jury  president of the regional short film competition is director Pippo  Mezzapesa (Italy). The jury also includes ?perator Norayr Kasper  (Canada) and Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival Program Director Georges  Bollon.  The best film of the feature films competition will be  presented during the closing ceremony of the IFF.

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