Here you can find more information about side events happening through the festival days.

Round-table “Women in Modern Film Industry”

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Republic of Armenia and Goethe-Zentrum Yerevan present

Round-table “Women in Modern Film Industry”

17 November 11:00 | Tufenkian Hotel

A round-table discussion “Women in Modern Film Industry” will be organised within the framework of the European Film Festival in partnership with KIN International Women’s Film Festival, Goethe-Zentrum and the German Embassy 

Participants:

Conny Beissler (DoP, Germany)

Laurie Gordon (Director of Animaze IFF, Canada)

Siranush Galstyan (film critic, Armenia)

Nvard Hovhannisyan (director of Armenian branch of ChaiKhana)

Lada Iskanderova (film director, Russia) 

Sevda Usanoglu (film director, Turkey)

journalists and women filmmakers from Armenia

Film screening 

20 November 15.00 | “Images of Goris” | Moscow Cinema Small Red Hall

The film “Images of Goris” was produced in the framework of “Filmmaking workshop in Goris,” designed for young filmmakers and students from Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography in July 2018. Conny Beissler, the trainer of the workshop, will present the film. The screening will be followed by a presentation of the project concept, our plans for the future and a Q&A session with the young directors of the film.

BAFTA 2018 Shorts Programme

Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the Republic of Armenia and British Council Armenia present 

BAFTA 2018 shorts - A British Council International Touring Programme in association with the British Academy of Film Television Awards (BAFTA)

The British Short Film and British Short Animation categories at the EE British Academy Film Awards celebrate innovative and experimental short fiction and non-fiction films and animation.  The BAFTA 2018 Shorts programme includes all the 2018 short Film and short animation nominees. They represent storytelling that reveals the breadth and diversity of British society, together with world class technical flair, and feature some of our finest acting talents. 

17 November 20.30 | Moscow Cinema Small Red Hall | Total running time: 112 mins

Films

A Drowning Man, 2017 | Director: Mahdi Fleifel | Duration: 15 mins

Alone and far from home, The Kid makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through his day. Surrounded by predators he is forced to make compromises merely to survive, his life of exile grows one day longer. 

Poles Apart, 2017 | Director: Paloma Baeza | Duration: 12 mins

In a harsh Arctic landscape, a hungry and solitary polar bear has to decide if a naïve Canadian grizzly bear is her food or her friend. 

Work, 2017 | Director: Aneil Karial | Duration: 12 mins 6 secs

A teenage dancer’s perspective of the world around her begins to shift as she is confronted with its capacity for injustice. 

Have Heart, 2017| Director: Will Anderson | Duration: 12 mins 10 secs

A looping GIF has an existential crisis. 

Cowboy Dave, 2017 | Director: Colin O’toole | Duration: 24 mins 47 secs

Cowboy Dave is the story of a drifter, a war party and a hustler. 

Wren Boys, 2017| Director: Harry Lighton | Duration: 11 mins 12 secs

On the day after Christmas, a Catholic priest from Cork drives his nephew to prison.

Mamoon, 2017| Director: Ben Steer | Duration: 6 mins 29 secs

Told entirely using projected animation on to real, polystyrene film sets, Mamoon follows the story of a mother who, along with her infant child, is forced to leave her home when mysterious dark shadows envelope the light in which they exist. As her own light begins to fade, she is forced to use the mysterious red light to save her child. 

Aamir, 2017| Director: Vika Evdokimenko | Duration: 16 mins 22 secs 

13 year old Aamir is stranded alone in the largest unofficial refugee camp in Europe. When he is befriended by Katlyn, a thinly stretched volunteer, she becomes Aamir’s last hope for salvation. 

Screenings of Lithuanian Films

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Republic of Armenia presents

Screenings of Lithuanian films

18 November 18.30 | 26 November 18.30 | Moscow Cinema Small Red Hall

Rūta: 84 minutes, 2018 | Director: RonaldasBuozis, RokasDarulis | Language: Lithuanian, English subtitles | Age limitation: 15+

The documentary film "Rūta" tells about one of the most accomplished Lithuanian athletes, revealing the backstage of her daily workout, work routine and preparation for the race process. 

22 November 18.30 | Moscow Cinema Small Red Hall

Emilija iš Laisvės Alėjos: 120 minutes, 2018 | Director:Donatas Ulvydas | Language: Lithuanian, English subtitles | Age limitation: 13+

Emilia. Breaking Free is a suspense drama about the fight for freedom in Soviet-repressed Lithuania - in a society where a more satiated life seems more important than honour, a clear conscience or humanity. It is the spring of 1972, when young people take to the streets of Kaunas to demand freedom for Lithuania, and Emilia - a future actress and the hero of this intriguing drama - is marching with the protesting crowd towards the life of their dreams. But everything takes an unexpected turn. Having come to Kaunas with what is perhaps the greatest secret of her life, Emilia has to fight not only for her own fate, but for that of her friends as well. And life in Kaunas is far from what she had dreamed of. She is not sure the lies, betrayal and the love that struck her like lightning will help her keep her secret or even her life. But she is prepared to take on anything for the sake of what she believes in.

Screenwriting workshop for emerging talents by Paul Fraser

The British Council in cooperation with the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia and GAIFF Pro present

Screenwriting workshop for emerging talents by Paul Fraser 

19-23 November 2018 | Union of Cinematographers of Armenia

5-day workshop for aspiring screenwriters to be held by British screenwriter and director Paul Fraser. The workshop will bring together emerging screenwriters with ready scripts of feature-film idea. The working language of the event is English with simultaneous translation into Armenian.

“The Italian Page of Armenian Cinema History” presentation

Embassy of the Italian Republic in the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan Committee of “Dante Alighieri” Associations Yerevan and Union of Cinematographers of Armenia present

“The Italian Page of Armenian Cinema History” presentation

20 November 18.00 | Union of Cinematographers of Armenia

This event shall be dedicated to the bonds between Italian and Armenian cinematographies. During the evening, an invited keynote speaker will present an overview of Italian-Armenian cooperation in cinematography and the achievements within the frames of film festivals in Armenia and Italy for many years.  The event will introduce a special booklet, covering the bonds and relations between Italian and Armenian Cinemas and will conclude with the screening of “Golden Door” (Nuovomondo)  by Emanuele Crialese (winner of Silver Apricot in 2007).

 

“Golden Door” 120 mins, 2006 | Language: Italian with English subtitles

1913. In a desolate corner of the Sicilian countryside lives the Mancuso family. The monotony of daily life is relieved by the arrival of a man from America. This man goes from place to place talking about the New World and its inhabitants, of the riches of this paradise. His job is to accompany the families of the men who have left previously and are now happily working in the Promised Land. The man has come to offer his help to the Mancuso family during the voyage ahead. To become citizens of the New World, they must die a little, and must be reborn. They must leave behind the antiquated customs of their homeland; they must be strong in body and healthy in mind, must swear loyalty if they wish to pass through The Golden Door. The time during which this metamorphosis is to be accomplished is a time of two weeks of the ocean crossing, after which they will arrive at the place of Final Judgement: the Island of Tears, Ellis Island. Here many families will be forced to to split up forever. Not all are privileged to enter the gates of Heaven. 

Screenings of Greek Films

Embassy of the Hellenic Republic in the Republic of Armenia presents 

Film Screenings

A Touch of Spice

20-21 November, 20:30 | Director: Tassos Boulmetis | Moscow Cinema Small Red Hall | Language: Greek with English subtitles | Duration: 103 minutes

 A Touch of Spice is a 2003 Greek film directed by Tassos Boulmetis.Fanis Iakovides, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, recalls his childhood memories from growing up in Istanbul. When Fanis was 7 years old, his grandfather Vassilis was an owner of a general store with a specialty in spices. Fanis grew very attached to his grandfather who would assist with his homework using imaginative techniques. For instance, Vassilis would teach his grandson the planets of the Solar System by showing an illustration of it and replacing the planets with spices. Cinnamon took the place of Venus since according to Vassilis, "like all women, cinnamon is both bitter and sweet". Fanis also fell in love for the first time in his grandfather store with a young Turkish girl, Saime.

Documentary filmmaking workshop by Johanna Bernhardson

Embassy of Sweden in Yerevan presents

“Documentary Storytelling with a Personal Voice”: Training by Johanna Bernhardson 

22-24 November | Tumo Center for Creative Technologies

Johanna Bernhardson, a Swedish filmmaker specialising in short documentaries and essay-films, will conduct a three-day training session for learners at TUMO as a tool for creative networking aimed at the improvement of their documentary storytelling skills. The participants will make short films expressing their own ideas on universal topics. The method is artistic in a way that manifests Johanna’s approach to transcend the personal and reach beyond the separation between a subject and an object.   

Meeting with Konstantin Bojanov, “Light Thereafter” Film Director

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Republic of Armenia presents 

 Meeting with Konstantin Bojanov, “Light Thereafter” Film Director  

23 November 12:00 | Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography

Born in 1968 in Bulgaria, filmmaker and visual artist Konstantin Bojanov graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in Sofia in 1987 and decided to continue his studies at the Royal College of Art in London and then at the New York University to study documentary filmmaking. He began his career as an artist in the 90s and presented his works through several international exhibitions. His directorial debut was the short film Lemon Is Lemon (2001). Light Thereafter (2017) is his third feature film and premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2017. 

 

 

 

 

Screenings of Polish Films

Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Republic of Armenia presents

Film Screenings

Katyn

27 November 14.30 | Director: Andrzej Wajda | Moscow Cinema Small Red Hall | Language: Polish, Armenian subtitles | Duration: 146 mins

Katyń  is a 2007 Polish film about the 1940 Katyn massacre, directed by Academy Honorary Award winner Andrzej Wajda. It is based on the book Post Mortem: The Story of Katyn by Andrzej Mularczyk. It was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film for the 80th Academy Awards:  The Katyn massacre, also known as the zbrodnia katyńska ('Katyń crime'), was a mass execution of Polish POW officers and citizens ordered by the Soviet authorities in 1940. The most widely accepted estimate of the number of dead is about 22,000. 

Man of Marble

27 November 17.00 | Director: Andrzej Wajda | Moscow Cinema Small Red Hall | Language: Polish, Armenian subtitles | Duration: 165 mins
Man of Marble is a 1976 Polish film directed by Andrzej Wajda. It chronicles the fall from grace of a fictional heroic Polish bricklayer who became the Stakhanovite symbol of an over-achieving worker, in Nowa Huta, a new socialist city near Kraków. The title refers to the propagandist marble statues made in Birkut's image. The film extensively uses original documentation footage from the construction of Nowa Huta and other subjects of Poland's early communist era, as well as the propagandist/inspirational music of Stalinist Poland. 

Man of Iron 

27 November 20.30 | Director: Andrzej Wajda | Moscow Cinema Small Red Hall | Language: Polish, Armenian subtitles | Duration: 118 mins
 Man of Iron is a 1981 film directed by Andrzej Wajda. It depicts the Solidarity labour movement and its first success in persuading the Polish government to recognise the workers' right to an independent union. The film continues the story of Maciej Tomczyk, the son of Mateusz Birkut, the protagonist of Wajda's earlier film, Man of Marble. 

Documentary filmmaking joint workshop

The Embassy of the French Republic in the Republic of Armenia, Lumiere du Monde assosiation, GAIFF Pro platform present

Documentary filmmaking joint workshop

27 November 17.30 | Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU)

Lumiere du Monde association gathered more than one hundred filmmakers around the charter in equal  conditions. This charter is an important tool for developing documentary filmmaking around the world. Insuring minimum 40% of local filmmakers’ copyrights the charter’s regulations foster the latters’ income rise.

Stephen Jordan filmmaker of the La Huit production will share his experience presenting two Armenian-French films  shot during Eurasiadoc 2017 meetings. Armenian, French and English translation will be available during the workshop.