The festival will be held on June 2-8, 2017 in the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art.
Gagik Ghazareh, Founder president of "ONE SHOT" International Short Film Festival, Davit Matevosyan, Head of Jury of "SHORT FILMS" category of the 15th "ONE SHOT" International Short Film Festival, Armine Anda, Head of Jury of "ONE MINUTE - ONE SHOT" category of the 15th "ONE SHOT" International Short Film Festival, participated in the press conference.
“The festival was founded in 2003. At that time the Armenian film production was in collapse, there were no cinemas, no vision. Being fond of films and considering the resources of Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, I thought of using those resources in some way as I am sure that in any case there would be people who would like to tell their stories to the society in a visual way,” Gagik Ghazareh said.
He said that the first festival started with 13 participants and 1-minute-films. Short films gradually developed. There are different categories where films can last more than an hour.
“We try to have a platform to display the processes of the modern Armenian cinematography without any preconditions and censorship.”
364 films applied for the participation in the 15th "ONE SHOT" International Short Film Festival. As a result of selection, 80 films will be screened 68 of which in a contest and 12 in a special program.
26 countries participate – Armenia, USA, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Iran, Iraq, Croatia, Canada, Columbia, India, Macedonia, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland, China, Romania, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Finland and France.
Armine Anda believes that festivals that highlight shot films have an important role. Taking into account that short films find their audience during such festivals as TVs do not broadcast short films, they are very important.
“On the one hand, “ONE MINUTE - ONE SHOT” gives an opportunity to make films with small budget, on the other hand it creates a big creative field.”
Armine Anda is confident if short films do not develop, film production will not develop. She mentions with regret that the conditions to create short films are not proper in Armenia yet.
“We struggle to have film law, model, clear regulation, mechanism. Without state strategy, no field of culture can develop. There is some funding for all fields but there is no clear strategy. If there were not festivals, we would be much behind,” she said.
Davit Matevosyan said that the young make films based on their enthusiasm and little money.
“Ideas are priority but the film is a process – from idea to script, from script to shooting, ffrom shooting to editing, vowel, etc., everything is broken here. It is distorted because of corruption in film production system. In this regard, we welcome the steps that are regularly launched and unfortunately not finalized.”
The prize fund of the 15th "ONE SHOT" International Short Film Festival can be found here.
The festival program is available here.
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