The 17th "Golden Apricot" was summed up

02 December 2020

The 17th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival was summed up. From November 1, the festival joined the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund's "We Are, Our Borders" nationwide fundraiser with the "Dedication to Artsakh" project.

The "Dedication to Artsakh" project of the film festival was launched on November 1 with the pan-Armenian premiere of Nora Martirosyan's film " Should the Wind Drop" dedicated to Artsakh included in the Cannes Film Festival. Next, other films on Artsakh were presented. In cooperation with IDBank and Idram Payment System, Golden Apricot transferred AMD 3,524,000 to the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund.

Within the festival screenings of the "Yerevan Premieres" and "Retrospective Screenings" projects, as well as the latest films screened in cooperation with Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and other countries, were held until November 30. An exclusive exhibition-sale was also organized within the festival.

Within the framework of the festival, online masterclasses were organized, as well as tributes were paid to the greats of cinema, including Federico Fellini, Tonino Guerra, and other filmmakers. The last chord of the festival was to be in the star park of Aznavour Square The stars of directors Ruben Gevorgyants, Robert Sahakyants, Grigor Melik-Avagyan, Arnold Aghababov were to be opened. And since the celebrations were not appropriate for our time, and the danger of the pandemic depends on the air of Yerevan, the organizers of the festival decided to just pay tribute to their memory and leave the celebrations to better times.

"Both the pandemic and the war changed the course of our lives. It is known that many cultural events were canceled or postponed. "Golden Apricot" performed a number of online events during July. The actual festival process was postponed to November, expecting more favorable days, but the war started. And during the war, the festival had a completely different mission, making culture a real backbone. Going to the cinema for a movie-goer became not a ceremony, a holiday, which was not right and unacceptable, but became a method of joining charitable events. I am glad that to some extent the festival was able to contribute to the fundraising process," - the artistic director of "Golden Apricot" Karen Avetisyan noted.

 Since the jury of the international competition of the festival worked remotely, there were certain difficulties in organizing the discussions, that is why the festival will publish the results of the competition later.