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11th Yerevan International Film Festival
10 July 2014
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The Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival was launched in 2004 in Yerevan, Armenia. It was established by the “Golden Apricot” Fund for Cinema Development, the Armenian Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and the Benevolent Fund for Cultural Development. Visioning itself as the crossroads of cultures and civilizations, the festival΄s keeps a sense of an intimate smaller-scale while it continues to attract international attention and respect. 

The 11th GAIFF will take place in Yerevan, between 13 and 20 July. One of the special guests this year is the Cannes 2014 Palm d΄Ore winner, Nuri Bilge Ceylan with his Winter Sleep to be screened in the framework of Yerevan Premieres programme. Also, this year the festival is paying tribute to filmmakers such as Otar Iosseliani and Sergei Parajanov, and to the Middle and Far-East, with Amos Gitai, Kim Ki-Duk from Korea and Jia Zhangke from China.

GAIFF is presented in two international competition sections: Feature Films and Documentaries. There are four main categories, the International Feature with 10 films, the International Documentary with 12 films, the Armenian Panorama with 18 and the Apricot Stone short film competition, presenting 30 shorts, among them Greek filmmaker Assimina Proedrou and her Red Hulk, an awarded short film with participations in European short film fests.

In the Feature Competition section we find four Balkan films and co-productions:
I Am Not Him by Tayfun Pirselimoglu, Turkey/Greece/Germany/France, 2013

At Home by Athanasios Karanikolas, Greece/Germany, 2014

The jury for Feature Competition is comprised off Marco Muller, director and author from Italy, Austrian cinematographer Christian Berger, Greek novelist, playwright, screenwriter and literary translator, and also the newly appointed President of Greek Film Center, Petros Markaris, French actress Anna Mouglalis and Serbian director and professor of Film Directing at the University of Arts in Belgrade, Srdjan Golubovic.

On the documentaries programm, Dragan von Petrovic and Lena von Muller΄s Dragan Wende - West Berlin competes in the International Documentary section, a Serbian-German co-production.

The Out of Competition programme Films Across Borders traditionally present a selection of recent films created in the Eastern Partnership - a joint initiative between the EU and the Eastern European partner countries. 16 films have been selected with the idea of bringing a cultural dialogue and overcoming borders through art. 

Balkan films and co-productions in the Out of Competition programme:
Diyar by Devrim Akkaya, Turkey, 2014

Films About Conscience: Hakan Yaman, Tik-Tak Tak-Tik, Life With..., 1 May, and others by Fatih Pinar, Ufuk Erden, Tigran Gasabyan, Hasan Kilic, Aram Kocharyan, Suat Senocak, Tuna Tetik, Turkey/Armenia, 2013

The Impeccables by Ramin Matin, Turkey, 2013

Love Me by Maryna Er Gorbach, Mehmet Bahadir Er, Ukraine/Turkey, 2013

The Unsaved by Igor Cobileanski, Romania, 2013

The Walkers by Deniz Sengenc, Turkey, 2013

Beside the screening of Winter Sleep, a number of critically acclaimed films are to be presented in the framework of Yerevan Premieres programme, like Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes΄ latest Two Days, One Night.

Each year, GAIFF is marked with a traditional blessing of apricots, the most famous product of Armenia.

  I am not Him
  Flying Lessons / The Unsaved
  The Japanese Dog
  At Home
  The Impeccables
  Love Me
  Red Hulk
  Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot
  Winter Sleep
  Dragan Wende - West Berlin
  The Walkers
  I've Found A Slogan: “My Mother Is With Me”
  Srdan Golubovic
  Anna Mouglalis
  Petros Markaris
  Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  Tayfun Pirselimoglu
  Athanasios Karanikolas
  Ramin Matin
  Igor Cobileanski
  Dragan von Petrovic
  Tudor Christian Jurgiu
  Maryna Er Gorbach
  Mehmet Bahadir Er
  Asimina V. Proedrou
  Ayris Alptekin
  Albina Ozden
  Nazli Bulum
  Matteo Oleotto
  Devrim Akkaya
  Lena von Muller
  Fehime Seven
  Sefa Tokgoz
  Deniz Sengenc
  Greek Film Center
  Armenian Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists
  Benevolent Fund for Cultural Development
  Benevolent Fund for Cultural Development
  Yerevan International Film Festival on Twitter
  EU's Eastern Partnership Programm
  Yerevan International Film Festival on Facebook
  Yerevan International Film Festival full program
  Yerevan International Film Festival Webpage
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