Armenian Film Festival Australia showcases Armenian history, culture and stories told through film, and is an initiative of Hamazkaine Armenian Educational and Cultural Society (Shant Chapter)

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We are saddened to hear of the passing of prominent Armenian actor Yervand Manaryan aged 96. Manaryan had a decades long career as a renowned actor, director and screenwriter, enriching Armenian cinema through his memorable characters. Manaryan appeared in our 2018 AFFA short film, Le Piano, one of his last films. In 2018 Prime Minister Pashinyan awarded Manaryan the title of People’s Artist of Armenia. Rest in peace Master Yervand Manaryan.
Today, Armenians around the world celebrate the Feast of St Vartan, a commemoration of the heroes who won the war between Christian Armenia, lead by Saint Vartan Mamikonian against pagan Persia in 451. The victory allowed Armenians to continue practicing Christianity and defended their forged national identity.
Sometimes the greatest love stories aren't between two people, like in our 2019 film Moskvich, My Love. What's your favourite on-screen romance?
If you have Netflix Australia you are in for a treat! "ARAM, ARAM" is streaming now! Don't miss it. Aram, Aram was the very first film we ever screened at the Armenian Film Festival in 2016 and left audiences in awe. It is the first American drama to take audiences inside the Armenian Community of Los Angeles. The story follows a young 12 year-old Lebanese Armenian boy, Aram, who is suddenly uprooted from his home, and is sent to live with his Eastern Armenian Grandfather in “Little Armenia” in Los Angeles. There, Aram soon falls in with the wrong crowd as the young boy struggles to navigate the clash between old-world values and new-school Armenian identity in Little Armenia. Starring the legendary Levon Sharafyan as the grandfather, and a beautiful soundtrack featuring a performance of Garoun A by Yukie Baba of the Komitas Music Society of Japan. Listen out for the amazing rap artists Nazo Bravo and @Narek (Meds Hayq). Filmmaker Christopher Chambers. Get Netflix just to watch it!!
STEVEN ZAILLIAN has received his fifth Oscar nomination for his screenplay THE IRISHMAN. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for his screenplay SCHINDLER'S LIST, and also earned Oscar nominations for Awakenings, Gangs of New York, Moneyball and now The Irishman. All Armenian eyes will be on Steven at the Oscars on February 10, 2020. Image: JAMES GILLHAM/SHUTTERSTOCK
Thank you for all your support in making 2019 a huge success - we can't wait to show you what's in store for 2020! From the whole team at AFFA, we would like to wish you and your families a happy and safe new year.
The AFF team at the Persian Film Festival Opening Night! An amazing line of Persian films are screening at Palace Norton Street and Central, right across the weekend, closing on Sunday night! An honour meeting festival Founder & Director Amin Palangi! Check it out here: www.persianfilmfestival.com/tickets
MAJOR NEWS!! Victor Dominello MP has made a Private Members Statement about the Armenian Film Festival Australia in the NSW Parliament, on 26 September 2019! The Minister says: "The Armenian Film Festival celebrates one of the key cultural groups in Ryde and is a treasured event... It invites and challenges all to see the world from a new angle and provides us grounds for a more global perspective." The Minister describes the festival as "encapsulating the Armenian culture of celebration, strength and unity that has transcended history and borders"..."an event not to be missed". Full statement below. Thank you Minister! We are truly honoured and humbled! #armenianfilmfestival Armenia Media - Armenian News from Australia