Within the frameworks of the EU Film Festivals initiative the European Union Delegation to Armenia and the EUNIC Armenia Cluster of EU National Institutes for Culture organize this year the second EU Film Festival in Armenia offering the best production of European cinema and creating space for intercultural dialogue.
About 140 EU delegations in the world are involved in organization of European film festivals with a view to promote the European Union, and showcase European culture.
The EU Film Festival in Armenia will run from November 10 to December 2, 2019 in 4 cities of Armenia, including Yerevan, Gyumri, Dilijan and Vanadzor. This year the programme of main screenings includes 12 films of recent cinema production of 12 EU Member States, including Finland as the EU Presidency country, which first time this year has joined the Festival.
The rich programme of the festival includes Yerevan premieres of films bysuch prominent directors as Roy Andersson, Angniezka Holland, Nora Fingscheidt, Jessica Woodworth, Richard Billingham and many others. Winner titles from this year’s Cannes, Berlinale and Venice Film Festivals. Besides the main film screenings festival will be accompanied by public talks and master classes hosted by local and international professionals of the field, including public talk “Festivals in the Age of Streaming” by Jens Geiger and “Restoring Armenia’s Film Heritage” by Daniel Bird.
The International EurasiaDoc film platform once again will give a change to the emerging filmmakers to present their project and pitch them to internationally acknowledged producers for future funding and collaboration. Rich film program in the regions will support the development of cultural atmosphere outside Yerevan.
As an exclusive part, the program of the Festival includes a first ever special film competition “Women in Motion” to promote Armenian female filmmakers. 10 films of Armenian production from recent years will be screened for the audience and the members of jury from 11 to 13 November who will choose one winner film, which will be awarded with mentorship and support from international and local members of the jury.
The grand opening of the Festival will be held at Moscow Cinema at 16:30 on 10 November 2019. The Grand opening will be folloed by the premiere of the opening film of French Italian co-production “GLORIA MUNDI” by renowned Armenian film director Robert Guédiguian.
H.E. Mrs Andrea Wiktorin, EU Ambassador to Armenia, H.E. Mr. Jonathan Lacôte Ambassador of France in Armenia and other high-level guests will deliver a speech during the opening ceremony.