Armenian Film Festival Australia

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)

Melbourne (Aug 27-29, 2021), Sydney (Sep 10-12, 2021)

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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all fathers, grandfathers and father figures.❤️💙🧡
Image is from ARAM ARAM, one of the most touching portrayals of fatherhood we have screened at our festival. 

ARAM ARAM by Christopher Chambers was our very first film screened at our first festival in 2015, and stars the incredible Levon Sharafyan as the grandfather and John Roohinian as the young Aram.
🎬 Watching BRAVO VIRTUOSO on TV!! Stream it now on SBS On Demand. 

BRAVO VIRTUOSO was our Opening Night film in 2018.  Starring the talented Samvel Tadeovosyan who plays Alik, a clarinetist who has been raised by his grandfather, conductor of a renowned classical orchestra in post-Soviet Armenia. But the murder of the orchestra's key sponsor seriously threatens its existence. When Alik comes into possession of a hired killer’s phone, he decides to take on the identity of the killer known as “The Virtuoso” and attempts to carry out his contracts, in order to save the orchestra. But Alik is a virtuoso musician, not a killer...

92 min | Black Comedy | France | 2016 | Levon Minassian | Armenian, Russian with English Subtitles

🎬 Watch BRAVO VIRTUOSO! here:
https://www.sbs.com.au/ondem…/…/1768962115864/bravo-virtuoso
🎬 WITHOUT GORKY 🎬 - streaming NOW on Netflix Australia. 
A documentary by Gorky's granddaughter Cosima, WITHOUT GORKY is a personal journey into a powerful family tragedy. At the centre of the film are the conversations between the director, Cosima, and her grandmother, Mougouch. The whole family has been shaped by the legacy left by Cosima's grandfather: the Abstract Expressionist painter Arshile Gorky. His suicide in 1948 still echoes and disturbs the family's relationships. Gorky was an elusive character who escaped the Armenian genocide and reinvented himself as a romantic artist in New York in the 30s. 

#Gorky #armenia #artfilm #armenianart #filmfestivals #ArshileGorky Without Gorky_The film on Arshile Gorky
⭐️BIG NEWS - BRAVO VIRTUOSO!⭐️
For lovers of Armenian cinema, BRAVO VIRTUOSO! - our 2018 Opening Night film is streaming NOW on SBS On Demand! 

Partnering with SBS Australia, we now have three films streaming on SBS On Demand, including LOST IN ARMENIA and YEVA, adding to our lineup of films in our #Iso Edition of the AFFA.  

BRAVO VIRTUOSO! stars Samvel Tadeovosyan as Alik, who has been raised by his grandfather, conductor of a renowned classical orchestra in post-Soviet Armenia, in which he plays the clarinet. But the murder of the orchestra's key sponsor seriously threatens its existence. When Alik comes into possession of a hired killer’s phone, he decides to take on the identity of the killer known as “The Virtuoso” and attempts to carry out his contracts, in order to save the orchestra. But Alik is a virtuoso musician, not a killer...

92 min | Black Comedy | France | 2016 | Levon Minassian | Armenian, Russian with English Subtitles

🎬 Watch BRAVO VIRTUOSO! here: 
https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1768962115864/bravo-virtuoso

🎬 LOST IN ARMENIA (expires 31 August) a comedy: Watch it here:https://www.sbs.com.au/…/video/1739413059574/lost-in-armenia

🎬 YEVA is a must-watch drama. Watch it here: https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1707590723725/yeva

🎬 Watch PATH OF OUR DREAMS here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZW_27UQLfw&t=34s

🎬 ROOTS (Արմատներ) is a modern romance. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od7kMI1CRys

🎬 KYANK u KRIV (Կյանք ու կռիվ) an epic war-time romantic drama. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP6RTSdvA-E&t=871s

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Melbourne our thoughts are with you. Stay safe. Stay strong. 💪 We will meet again in 2021! ❤️💙🧡
⭐️ LOST IN ARMENIA ⭐️ - streaming NOW on SBS On Demand

EXCITING news to lift your spirits!!! Our #ISO Edition of the AFFA continues with one of our favourites from our 2018 festival!!

LOST IN ARMENIA is streaming NOW on SBS On Demand! It follows the story of a French comedian, who finds himself stuck in an Armenian village after performing a show on the other side of the border. Lost without a visa, phone or speaking the language, he quickly understands he is mistaken for someone else and is adopted as a saviour by the local people.

French, Armenian with English subtitles | 90min | 2016 | France | Serge Avedikian | Comedy/Drama

🎬 Watch LOST IN ARMENIA here:
https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1739413059574/lost-in-armenia

Over the past months of COVID-19 isolation, we have been bringing the best of the Armenian Film Festival to your loungeroom in our #ISO Edition of the AFFA.
ICYMI:

🎬 YEVA is a must-watch drama. Watch it here: https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1707590723725/yeva

🎬 ROOTS (Արմատներ) is a modern romance. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od7kMI1CRys

🎬 KYANK u KRIV (Կյանք ու կռիվ) an epic war-time romantic drama. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP6RTSdvA-E&t=871s

More films will be announced soon!
#IsoLife #ArmenianFilms #QuarantineandChill #Armenia #filmfestival
After the darkness of centuries of foreign oppression, Armenia rose to Independence in 1918. On the 28th of May, we celebrate the independence of the First Republic of Armenia.
MUST-WATCH | "An epic film!"
Our ALL-TIME favourite, Kyank u Kriv (Կյանք ու կռիվ) is available for you to watch NOW. Drama, tragedy and romance  are intertwined against the backdrop of the Artsakh war. More potent as this week we commemorate the 28th Anniversary of the liberation of Shushi, which marks one of the most significant victories in the history of the Armenian nation. 

Kyank u Kriv (Կյանք ու կռիվ) screened at our 2017 Armenian Film Festival leaving audiences in awe. 

Armenian with English subtitles | 150min | Armenia | Drama | Mher Mkrtchyan

We continue our life in #Iso, bringing you our favourite films from past festivals to your lounge room. 

So sit back and enjoy!  And immerse yourself in this epic Armenian story. 

#IsoLife #quarantineandchill #armenianfilm #armenia 

Watch here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP6RTSdvA-E&t=871s
To celebrate the amazing feat of motherhood this Mother’s Day, we want to spotlight one of our audience favourites, “Yeva” by female filmmaker Anahid Abad from our 2018 film festival.

The film follows the protagonist Yeva, who escapes her influential in-laws with her daughter Nareh after her husband's tragic death, and takes refuge in one of the villages of Artsakh. In this powerful film, she is more than just a devoted mother- she is a doctor who puts the needs of others before herself and a survivor of domestic violence. You can watch Yeva here as part of our ISO film festival, now streaming on SBS On Demand 👉🏼 https://bit.ly/35OkS4E
❗️UPDATED POST❗️
** Due to the current Coronavirus crisis, the AFFA Festival Dates are in review. The Submission deadline has been extended until further notice.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: We are accepting submissions for the 2020 Armenian Film Festival Australia.

Submit your film (or tell us about a film you’d like us to consider). SUBMISSIONS CLOSE 7th April 2020. 

Feature films, documentaries, shorts, animations and children's films welcome. Films must have an Armenian element (subject, filmmaker, talent). Films by local filmmakers encouraged.

Enter your submissions at our website www.armenianfilmfestival.com.au

The AFFA is now in its 5th edition, showcasing the best of Armenian films from around the world. We look forward to making this the best one yet! 

Festival dates: 
Sydney: 21-30 August 2020
Melbourne: 11-13 September 2020
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