Armenia -Turkey Cinema Platform (ATCP) Project Development Workshop will be held in Yerevan on 11-12 July 2016 in the framework of the 13th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival at ANI Plaza Hotel.
The workshop will consist of presentations, one to one meetings and project pitches. The winner of the workshop will be awarded a prize of 7,500 Euros by European Union. Just recently the Embassy of the United States in Armenia has established additional prize of 5,000 USD.
The Call for applications was announced on 17th of May 2016 and the deadline for entries was June 18th. During this period the platform has received 22 projects from Armenia, Turkey, and Diaspora. The following 10 projects were carefully chosen by the Selection committee consisting of film/media experts from Armenia and Turkey. The 10 selected projects are:
1. Aurora’s Sunrise – director/producer Inna Sahakyan (Armenia - documentary)
2. Border – director Edgar Baghdasaryan, producer Lilit Martirosyan (Armenia - short tragicomedy)
3. Border Disorder – director Uğur Becer, producer AslI Akdağ (Turkey - documentary)
4. Hurting Flesh – director/producer Orhan Murat Bahtiyar (Turkey - short fiction)
5. The Crypto-Armenians– director Kenan Berzan, producer Verena Schimpf (Turkey/Germany- documentary)
6. The Other Part – directors Hakob Melkonyan and Aramayis Mkrtchyan, producer Pierre Mattiote (Armenia/France - documentary)
7. The Tape – director Serkan Fakili, producer Murat Celik (Turkey - short/drama)
8. Treasure – director/producer Ilham Bakir (Turkey - short fiction)
9. Welcome to Anatolia – director Arnaud Khayadjanian, producers Samuel Bilboulian and Nefes Polat (Armenia/France/ Turkey- short fiction)
10. When I Was Four – director/producer Arus Hakobyan (Armenia- documentary)
ATCP began in 2008 as cooperation between the non-profit company Anadolu Kültür (Turkey) and the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival (Armenia). It is a common network for the filmmakers of both countries for cooperation and making films together. ATCP has supported the production of 20 films by filmmakers from Armenia and Turkey since it was established.
The ATCP Yerevan workshop 2016 is supported by EU within the framework of the Support to the Armenia- Turkey Normalisation Process programme, Stage 2, funded by the European Union and the Embassy of the U.S in Armenia.
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.