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GOLDEN APRICOT IFF: Day first

Back 11 July 2016 10:47
GOLDEN APRICOT IFF: Day first

The official opening of 13th GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan International Film Festival.
 The first day of the festival started with press conferences: Armenian Panorama participants Garegin Papoyan (Skhtorashen), Lusine Papoyan (Radioreciever) and Evelina Barsegian (Bravoman) presented details on their films.

On the second half of the day the non-official start - apricot blessing ceremony - took place at St. Zoravar church.

The honorary stars of cinematographer Albert Yavuryan, directors Edmond Keosayan and Dmitry Kesayants were placed at Charles Aznavour square among other prolific masters of the Armenian Cinema. The ceremony was accompanied by Police Brass Band of RA.

The festival was officially launched in the evening at Moscow Cinema, followed by the Red Carpet Ceremony.


Welcoming speeches were made by Harutyun Khachatryan, GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan International Film festival General Director and Ralph Yirikian, General Manager of VivaCell- MTS, General Sponsor of GAIFF for ten years. Afterwards the spectators evidenced the presentation short videos of competition films and jury boards.

During the opening ceremony it was announced that the European Film Academy is honoring Yerevan's Parajanov Museum by awarding it "Treasure of European Film Culture". Earlier the Academy had decided to establish a list of Treasures of European Film Culture, much like the UNESCO World Heritage list, summing up places of historical cinematic value that need to be maintained and preserved not just for now but for generations to come.


At the end of the ceremony the opening film by celebrated Armenian filmmaker Hamo Beknazaryan Zare was screened with Vahagn Hayrapetyan’s and his jazz band's live accompaniment specially composed for the film.

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