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Directors Across Borders forum in Yerevan

11 July 2012

Since 2012 the European Union has supported the Directors Across Borders (DAB) cultural project. Within the framework of this project, the DAB Regional co-production forum, aimed at promoting talents and film production in Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, was launched on 10 July during the 9th Golden Apricot Film Festival in Yerevan.
The overall objective of the DAB Forum is to facilitate cross-border cultural and economic collaboration by providing a networking platform for regional filmmakers, cinema support organisations and industry experts from around the world, to improve the capacities of emerging filmmakers, and to launch promising film projects through grants. During the project inauguration in Yerevan, the representative of EU Delegation to Armenia, Jean-Christophe Gayrand, said that ‘culture is a part of the EU vision on regional development and co-operation’.
The DAB Co-Production Forum was focused on building cross-border collaboration and co-production between countries in the Eastern Partnership region. 21 submissions were received from emerging filmmakers from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Turkey. Directors and producers of selected 9 projects were invited to Yerevan to participate in the 3-day the DAB Co-production Forum, which provides a comprehensive programme of short training sessions, one-to-one meetings and networking opportunities with industry professionals.

The award ceremony was held on 12 July. The main prize of €5,000 to the best overall project was awarded to the Georgian project Hands Up by Keti Machavariani and Sopo Bazgadze. The Co-production prize of €3,500 was awarded to the Ukrainian film-project Rhino, directed by Oleg Sentsov and produced by Olga Zhurzhenko. Another Ukrainian project, The Tribe by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy and Igor Savychenko, that addresses issues of tolerance and common social problems throughout the Eastern Partnership region, was awarded a prize of €3,500.

Directors Across Borders forum in Yerevan

Since 2012 the European Union has supported the Directors Across Borders (DAB) cultural project. Within the framework of this project, the DAB Regional co-production forum, aimed at promoting talents and film production in Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, was launched on 10 July during the 9th Golden Apricot Film Festival in Yerevan. The overall objective of the DAB Forum is to facilitate cross-border cultural and economic collaboration by providing a networking platform for regional filmmakers, cinema support organisations and industry experts from around the world, to improve the capacities of emerging filmmakers, and to launch promising film projects through grants. During the project inauguration in Yerevan, the representative of EU Delegation to Armenia, Jean-Christophe Gayrand, said that ‘culture is a part of the EU vision on regional development and co-operation’. The DAB Co-Production Forum was focused on building cross-border collaboration and co-production between countries in the Eastern Partnership region. 21 submissions were received from emerging filmmakers from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Turkey. Directors and producers of selected 9 projects were invited to Yerevan to participate in the 3-day the DAB Co-production Forum, which provides a comprehensive programme of short training sessions, one-to-one meetings and networking opportunities with industry professionals. The award ceremony was held on 12 July. The main prize of €5,000 to the best overall project was awarded to the Georgian project Hands Up by Keti Machavariani and Sopo Bazgadze. The Co-production prize of €3,500 was awarded to the Ukrainian film-project Rhino, directed by Oleg Sentsov and produced by Olga Zhurzhenko. Another Ukrainian project, The Tribe by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy and Igor Savychenko, that addresses issues of tolerance and common social problems throughout the Eastern Partnership region, was awarded a prize of €3,500. [gallery link="file"]