14 Year Old Armenian Scores in Amsterdam

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Gor Baghdazarian–a 14-year old boy from Yerevan–won the first-ever One-Minute Video Jr. award organized by the Sandberg Institute–the European Cultural Foundation and UNICEF. His film "Children Must Live Without War" was selected by Karim Tradia–maker of the Oscar-nominated film "The Polish Bride" as the best one-minute film in the Junior category.

"Gor’s film has a very straightforward message–a great script–an interesting style of filming and just captures the eye from beginning to end," said Tradia during the awards ceremony in Amsterdam on November 10.

Gor–who works in Yerevan with the Manana Youth Educational-Cultural Center–was invited to the event; it was the first time he had traveled out of Armenia.

The 14-year–nevertheless–enjoyed being in one of the cultural centers of Europe to participate in the Awards ceremony that drew 700 people to the Paradiso–a famous event hall in the center of Amsterdam. "I had not expected to win the award–but I am very happy that did… " said the smiling winner.

The Junior category of the One-Minute Video Festival was awarded for the first time this year. More than 50 entries from young filmmakers were submitted. Among the nominated films were those from youth in Macedonia–Kyrgyzstan–Latvia and the Netherlands.

Gor Baghdazarian–won a 250 Euro cash prize and a Sony product to enable him to produce high-quality one-minutes–highlighting the needs and deman’s of children and youth in his immediate environment as well as abroad.

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