Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform (ATCP) Project Development Workshop was organized in Yerevan on 8-10 JULY, 2013 in the framework of the 10th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival at Tekeyan Centre


10 projects, five from Turkey and five from Armenia were selected to participate in the workshop.


The 13 participants were Anouch Djahanian and Arthur Sargsyan – “The Door”, Arthur Sukiasyan – “Our Atlantis”, Sona Grigoryan and Gagik Harutyunyan – “Game”, Jivan Avetisyan – “The sad postman of the war”, Raffi Wartanian – “The Beggar Goes Home”,  – from Armenia, and Dogan Baran Kurtoglu and Cenk Ozer – “The Woman in the window”, Hacı Orman – “Homo Politicus”, Kazim Taskin – “Winter Silence”, Barış Hancıoğulları - “Mahfuz (Conserved)”, Musa İrşi – “The Hidden” from Turkey.


The workshop was led by the former director of the “European documentary network” and film expert from Denmark Tue Steen Mueller.


The Jurors of the workshop were Cigdem Mater from Anadolu Kultur, the Head of the Meetings on the Bridge Istanbul Gülin Üstün, the Head of Documental Programming of the Sarajevo International Film Festival Rada Sesic and the Director of the Internews –Armenia Nouneh Sarkissian.

The Platform began with the welcome speeches made by Ms Cigdem Mater from Anadolu Kultur, Artisitic Director of the GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan International Film Festival and the DAB project Manager Susanna Harutyunyan, the Head of the Meetings on the Bridge Istanbul Gülin Üstün, the Director of the Internews –Armenia Nouneh Sarkissian and the  Information Officer of the US Embassy in Yerevan Violeta Talandis.


Opening speeches where followed by a short case study by Lusin Dink, the director of feature film Saroyanland. Lusin told briefly how the film idea came up, how it was pitched at ATCP, and how it was later brought to life.


At the end of the first day the Head of Documental Programming of the Sarajevo International Film Festival Rada Sesic did a presentation of the Docu Rough Cut Boutique, a workshop/ platform to support documentary projects at the latest stage of their creation.


The second day of Armenia - Turkey Cinema Platform workshop started with a training session lead by the documentary film theorist and former director of the European Documentary Network Tue Steen Muller.


Mr Tue Steen Muller went through basics of the film project development theory and how the projects should be pitched as efficiently as possible. He then consulted each participant on how his or her project should be pitched.


After the lunch, the trainers and the jury members listened to the pitches of all 10 projects from Armenia and Turkey.


The third and final day of the Armenia - Turkey Cinema Platform workshop continued with 15-minute-long one-to-one meeting sessions of the participants with Tue Steen Muller, Rada Sesic and Gulin Ustun.


In the evening, at the closing dinner, jury announced two winners; the first prize of 10 000 USD went to Arthur Sukiasyan and his project “Our Atlantis.


Second prize of 5000 USD went to Doğan Baran Kurtoğlu and his project “The Woman In the Window.


The project “Homo Politicus” by Hacı Orman was specially mentioned.


ATCP began in 2008 as cooperation between the non-profit company Anadolu Kültür (Turkey) and the GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan International Film Festival (Armenia). It is a common network for the filmmakers of both countries for cooperation and making films together. ATCP has supported the production of 11 films by filmmakers from Armenia and Turkey since it was established.


ATCP is part of the DAB project that is funded by the European Union through the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and implemented by GOLDEN APRICOT Fund for Cinema Development in Armenia and its partners:   Anadolu Kültür (Turkey), INTERNEWS (Ukraine), Cinema Art Centre Prometheus (Georgia), and INTERNEWS (Armenia). Throughout 2012-2014, the DAB project is to organize a series of workshops, trainings and networking opportunities for film industry professionals for the EU Eastern Partnership region and beyond.


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