Believing strongly in the power of art in changing attitudes and that the cinema is the most effective means to reach broader sections of the society, Anadolu Kültür in Istanbul and Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan have established Armenia Turkey Cinema Platform in April 2009. Since then, the Platform is organizing workshops, supporting production of films and their screenings in all over the world.
So far, 18 films have been supported by the platform. 11 of them are finished, 5 are on production. 5 of the films, Galata by Diana Kardumian, Masters of Doves by Arthur Sukiasyan, Do not Get Lost Children by Gulengul Altıntaş, Neighbors by Gor Baghdasarian and Puppet Theatre by Altan Bal and Canay Ozden have been premiered in 2011, in International Istanbul Film Festival.
I Left my Shoes in Istanbul by Nigol Bezdjian premiered in July 2012, Golden Apricot International Film Festival and Saroyanland by Lusin Dink premiered in Istanbul Film Festival in April, 2013 in the National Competiton. Ziazan by Derya Durmaz premiered in South Eastern Europe a Paris Festival and Diyar by Devrim Akkaya premiered in Istanbul Film Festival Documentary Selection in 2014. Our Atlantis by Arthur Sukiasyan premiered in Independent Film Festival in 2015 and After This Day by Nigol Bezjian in Beirut in 2015.
The Oud Maker by Eric Nazarian, Blurry Pastel Painting by Sevda Usanoglu, Kar’ by Senem Gökçe Oğultekin, Mother Berdo and Walnut Tree by Serdar Onal and Murad by Marineh & Sona Kocharyan are in production stage and most of them will be finished by the end of 2016.
Armenia Turkey Cinema Platform aims to encourage filmmakers from both countries as well as the diaspora to come together, think together and produce together.
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.