"Lucky I don't have anything to do with the judging cuz this little girl would win everything. I love her. She is too cute!!!!" - says the organizer of "Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase & Awards"! Our little star is amazing!!!
The winner of the Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform (ATCP) workshop of 2012, the short film ZIAZAN directed by Derya Durmaz and produced by Emine Yildirim is one more successful example of the developing cooperation between Turkish and Armenian filmmakers within the framework of the Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform initiative. The project received the $ 10 000 prize for the film’s production costs during ATCP-2012 workshop (the prize have been provided by the Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Armenia). The pre-production and shootings of the film have been supported by Golden Apricot Fund for Cinema Development and took place in spring of 2013 in Yerevan. The line producer and production manager from Armenian side are Aram Khachatryan and Arevik Avanesyan; the leading actors are Emy Vardanyan (Ziazan) and Armen Sargsyan (Uncle).
The Film traveled all around the world participating in different International Festivals and won several valuable prizes!
The world Premier of Ziazan was at the 4th edition of "SEE a Paris - FESTIVAL DES CINÉMAS DU SUD-EST EUROPÉEN’ on 27-30 April 2014, in Paris, France where Ziazan” has been named the winner of the "Special Jury Mention for outstanding achievement
Then the film continued its journey to Irag and Portugal. It was screened during the "30th Festroia International Film Festival (6-15 June 2014) in Setubal, PORTUGAL and the "Erbil International Film Festival" on 5-10 May 2014, in Erbil, IRAQ.
Ziazan took the Friese-Award at the 16th Mo&Friese Children's Short Film Festival” that took place in Hamburg on 1-9 June 2014, in relation with the "30th International Short Film Festival Hamburg” and became winner!
Ziazan was among the 8 films selected for 2014 "Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase & Awards" and received the Audience and Jury Choice Awards.
On June 12, 2014 Ziazan was premiered at Ankara International Film Festival. The Armenian premiere of ZIAZAN was during the Golden Apricot - Yerevan International Film Festival on 16th of July, 2014.
ZIAZAN was the opening film of the TOKYO KINDER FILM FESTIVAL and was also in the competition, on August 13-17, 2014. Director Derya Durmaz, actress Emmi Vardanyan and producer Emine Yildirim were invited to Japan for the opening ceremony and Ziazan's screenings!
Ziazan’s another Best Fiction Award came from Venezuela from FICAIJ International Film and Audiovisual Festival for Children and Youth.
Selected from more than 1200 entries, Ziazan was in competition at the "DC Shorts Film Festival" in September 11-21 September, 2014.
Australian premiere of Ziazan was at Auburn International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults on 14-19September, 2014.
Ziazan was in competition in Albenia at the "International AniFest Rozafa Childrens Film Festival"! “AniFestROZAFA” took place on September 21-28, 2014, in the city of Shkodra, ALBANIA.
Ziazan was at Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival on 10-18 October, 2014 and the Adana Golden Ball Film Festival's Mediterranean Short Films Competition in Turkey!
The festival journey keeps going on for Ziazan. The film will be at the 44th Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival's First Shorts Competition October 25th-November 2nd, International Izmir Short Film Festival's National Competition on November 1st-5th, and again on November 1st-5th, at the Yerevan KIN International Womens Film Festival's Short Film Competition.
ZIAZAN is the story of a little Armenian girl who decides to go on an adventure and attempts to smuggle herself from Armenia to Turkey inside her uncle's luggage, in order to go get some of her favorite chocolate cream. Will she be able to go over the closed borders between the two countries and realize her adventure?
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 13 films by filmmakers from Armenia and Turkey since it was established.
The ATCP is part of the DAB project that is funded by the European Union through the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and implemented by the GOLDEN APRICOT Fund for Cinema Development in Armenia and its partners: Anadolu Kültür (Turkey), INTERNEWS (Ukraine), Cinema Art Centre Prometheus (Georgia), and Media Initiative Center (Armenia).