ArmInfo.The 16th Golden Apricot International Film Festival will start on July 7 in Yerevan. The director of the film festival Harutyun Khachatryan said this at a press conference on June 12. The festival is sponsored by telecommunications company Viva Cell-MTS, which has supported the project since its inception.
This time the festival is held in a new format, due to the fact that changes have taken place in the management team, from the program manager to the director. In particular, the team was replenished with youth representatives. In addition, the festival's logo was changed this year, representing the Armenian letter , Which was designed by William Karapetyan. , said V. Khachatryan. About 740 applications from different countries have been received for participation in the festival. In addition, several films from the world's leading film festivals - Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam were chosen for the show. The festival will host an international competition of full-length (fiction and documentary) films, as well as a regional one for short films. The out-of-competition program will be presented by the competition "Regional Panorama". Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Armenia Ara Khzmalyan stressed that Golden Apricot is one of those projects that improves the country's rating in the world. "For us, the festival is of strategic importance, since events of this format are a good platform for representing the country and its cultural heritage to the world," the deputy minister said. In a conversation with the ArmInfo correspondent, the executive director of the film festival, Hasmik Hovhannisyan, said that this year the slogan and appeal of the festival is quite simple.