Second Pan Armenian Film Festival in Armenia

–Organizers invite entries for July 2005 festival

YEREVAN–The second international "Golden Apricot" film festival will take place in Yerevan–Armenia July 12-17–under the theme of "crossroads."

Striving to promote cross-cultural understanding–festival organizers have invite entries from throughout the world–from a variety of cultures–to convene in Yerevan–on the crossroads of yesterday’s and today’s cultures.

Entries should depict human experience: the daily lives of ordinary people–their troubles and joys–their hopes and heartbreaks. There are two categories for the festival competition: full-length feature films and documentaries (full length and short). One Grand Prix (Golden Apricot) and one Special Mention will be presented in each category. The Special Award will be presented for significant contribution to the cinema world.

The festival will have a special competition for feature–animation–and documentary films made by filmmakers of Armenian decent. Two Awards will be presented for films in this section.

This year’s Golden Apricot again presents two non-competitive categories. Under "Yerevan Premiers" the best art-house films of the past season will be screened–whereas the "Retrospective" category will present films by famous film directors.

The application submission deadline is March 31–2005. Accepted screening formats are film (35 mm)–and video (DV–DVCAM–Beta-SP/PAL). The organizing committee will accept submissions on BETA NTSC or DigiBeta. Accepted preview formats are VHS (PAL or NTSC). The date of production has to be after July 1–2003.

For detailed inquiries and application forms–contact Susanna Harutyunyan and Mikayel Stamboltsyan of the Golden Apricot International Film Festival–Byron Street–#5–Yerevan–375009–Armenia–Tel. (?1) 564484–email: info@gaiff.am. The festival website is www.gaiff.am

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