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Directors Across Borders press conference

10 July 2014
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On 3 July the Directors Across Borders (DAB) project held a press conference to present updates on activities, achieved results and upcoming tasks. Speakers included DAB Project Manager Susanna Harutyunyan, DAB Project Coordinator Lusine Martirosyan and DAB Project Communications Coordinator Sona Shahbazyan.

DAB was launched in October 2011 with EU assistance, aimed at bringing together film professionals from Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and uniting them in one hub.

‘The main objective of our project was to give professionals in Armenia an opportunity to get acquainted with the European film industry. The knowledge and experience of joint film projects should be available for young people living in Armenia. Nowadays, film production is one of the most important arts, yet cannot survive without joint projects and without connections,’ said Harutyunyan. She added that, first of all, Armenian directors should seek out regional co-productions, not just joint projects with Western European agencies.

The conference highlighted several DAB-organised events that will take place during the upcoming 11th Golden Apricot International Festival, for example the 8th DAB Regional Co-Production Forum, which will be held on 15-17 July. This is an annual event aimed at promoting talent and film production in EaP countries. Within the project of the forum 14 projects from EaP countries (out of 24) were selected to compete for three development grants worth €5,000 each and two grants of €3,500. Among those there were films made in Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Turkey, and several regional co-productions.

Directors Across Borders press conference

On 3 July the Directors Across Borders (DAB) project held a press conference to present updates on activities, achieved results and upcoming tasks. Speakers included DAB Project Manager Susanna Harutyunyan, DAB Project Coordinator Lusine Martirosyan and DAB Project Communications Coordinator Sona Shahbazyan. DAB was launched in October 2011 with EU assistance, aimed at bringing together film professionals from Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and uniting them in one hub. ‘The main objective of our project was to give professionals in Armenia an opportunity to get acquainted with the European film industry. The knowledge and experience of joint film projects should be available for young people living in Armenia. Nowadays, film production is one of the most important arts, yet cannot survive without joint projects and without connections,’ said Harutyunyan. She added that, first of all, Armenian directors should seek out regional co-productions, not just joint projects with Western European agencies. The conference highlighted several DAB-organised events that will take place during the upcoming 11th Golden Apricot International Festival, for example the 8th DAB Regional Co-Production Forum, which will be held on 15-17 July. This is an annual event aimed at promoting talent and film production in EaP countries. Within the project of the forum 14 projects from EaP countries (out of 24) were selected to compete for three development grants worth €5,000 each and two grants of €3,500. Among those there were films made in Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Turkey, and several regional co-productions.