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.
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.