On July 12th the Official Jury of the Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform (ATCP) Project Development Workshop announced the two winning projects: Aurora’s Sunrise by Inna Sahakyan received 5,000 USD and Welcome to Anatolia by Arnaud Khayadjanian and Nefes Polat received 7.500 Euros.
The ATCP Project Development Workshop was held in Yerevan on 11-12 of July, in the framework of the 13th Golden Apricot International Film Festival. 10 projects - five from Turkey and five from Armenia- were carefully chosen by the Selection Committee to participate in the workshop.
The opening ceremony took place on July 11th. During the two day workshop a movie - screenings and presentations were held, the Belgian filmmaker and photographer Pieter-Jan De Pue performed training and an Armenian actress and director Mariana Eghizaryan made a case study. The participants got a chance to pitch their projects and discuss them with Jury members individually during one to one meetings in order to get in-depth feedback and be trained how to make a professional pitches.
The Jurors of the workshop were Cigdem Mater from Anadolu Kultur, Turkey, Melek Ulagay Taylan, producer and documentary director from Turkey, Cicek Kahraman, film editor, Turkey, Gaga Chkheidze, the founder and director of Tbilisi International Film Festival, Georgia, Gegham Manukyan, director, producer and head of Yerkir Media TV news & politics programs, Armenia, Seda Grigoryan, video production manager at Civilitas Foundation, Armenia, Hasmik Mikayelyan, cultural-education specialist in Public Affairs section of USA Embassy in Armenia and Susanna Harutyunyan, film critic, co-founder and artistic director of Golden Apricot International Film Festival.
ATCP began in 2008 as a cooperation between the non-profit company Anadolu Kültür (Turkey) and the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival (Armenia). It is a unique platform for filmmakers from both countries to explore cooperative projects and co-productions. Since it was established, ATCP has supported the production of 20 films by filmmakers from Armenia and Turkey.
The Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform Project 2016 is financially supported by the U.S Embassy in Armenia and the European Union’s Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process Programme, Stage 2.
Ms. Arpine Aleksanyan and Ms. Sona Baloyan from Yerevan, from “Matenadaran” Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, were supported with the travel grant to visit Istanbul, Turkey for meetings with the Armenian Patriarchate, Armenian high schools, foundations and publishing houses to discuss possibilities of further collaboration on preserving the Armenian culture.