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.
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.