Feature Film Competition Juries

Nina Hairian (Nea)

Journalist, cultural mediator. After graduation from Yerevan State University in journalism (1999-2003) was involved in a number of culture themed programs as author and presenter both for television and radio. Later pursued a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies at the University of Padua, Italy (2012-2013). Due to the knowledge obtained through study and the hands-on […]


Ruben Giney

Film director, producer and scriptwriter. After his graduation at the State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow (VGIK) he moved to China (Shanghai) and worked as creative director at Kuiyou Production House. During this period Ruben directed more than 20 commercials for international corporations such as Panasonic, Asahi, McDonalds, Shiseido, Honda, Toshiba etc. In 2007-2009 he […]


Jean-Paul Commin

Journalist (1970-1976), managing director of the record company “Phonogram” (1976-1987) and then joined “Warner Music” (1987-1990). In 2000 he joined FTD, commercial arm of the French tv broadcaster France Télévisions, spending 9 years developing the company until becoming deputy managing director. Special adviser for Les Armateurs (French animation production company) between 2008-2013, he is now […]


Short Film Competition Juries

Hovhannes Azoyan

Armenian actor and TV host. While studying at the university, he participated in the games of “KVN” league in Armenia and in Moscow International “KVN” higher league games. Since 2003 Hovhannes Azoyan has been working at “Armenia” television as TV host and actor in different programs, movies and projects. Starred in “A Millionaire Wanted”, “Groom […]


Vahram Martirosyan

Writer, journalist, scriptwriter, translator, philologist. Graduated from the Faculty of Philology, Yerevan State University and Higher courses for scriptwriters and film directors in Moscow. Has published 10 books, among which “Landslide” novel and “The stupid man” novelette were translated and published in French, Russian and other languages. The “Landslide” was adapted into a screenplay for […]


Robert Sowa

Born in 1972, Kraków, Poland. Animation film director and graphic artist. In his work he is looking for visual experimentation and it’s connections to experimental sound and contemporary music. The common problem he touches in his films is focused on emotions, suspended between the material and the imaginary world. Robert Sowa makes animation films using […]


Animated Music Video Juries

Hrant Yeritskinyan

Film director who has started his career path from music videos and commercials production. He has directed video ads for such clients like “LaGalleria” multibrand luxury stores chain, Armenian fashion designer Kivera Naynomis, “Astafyan” wine brandy factory and number of representatives of Armenian show business. In 2014 Hrant started working on his debut full-length comedy film […]


Aram Sargsyan

More known as Aram MP3, singer, musician, humorist, showman and actor. Participated in “KVN” TV show and in 2006 became a member of “32 teeth” comedy club. Has been the host of “X-Factor”, “Armenian Superstar”, “My name is”, “The power of 10” and other TV shows and projects on “Shant” TV. Currently Aram is a […]


Sergey Merinov

Russian director, cartoonist, animator, artist. In 1989 he graduated from the Moscow College of Art Crafts №75 in graphic design, in 1992 – Courses for animators at the “Pilot” studio. He participated in almost all the projects of the studio. At the Central Television he has collaborated for the creation of animated clips and advertising. […]


Comission, TV & Educational Juries

Narek Tovmasyan

Narek joined the British Council in 2006 as Programs Manager, managing projects in Education, Governance, Arts and Society. Holding PhD in Arts History he has extensive and diverse background combining interdisciplinary art productions with advocacy, research, consultancy, policy and programme development for non-profit arts organizations as well as the Government. As a Guest Lecturer of […]


Karen Avetisyan

Born in Yerevan, studied linguistics and intercultural communications at the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University. Film critic, radio host, columnist, press-secretary and cultural reviewer at “Sputnik Armenia” international news agency and radio, author of culturological articles, art and culture programs, film reviews. Member of the international feature film competition selection committee at “Golden Apricot” international film festival of Yerevan.


Abel Alves

Illustrator and screenwriter in Ferrol, Spain. Abel Alves worked as a graphic humorist in the “Galicia Hoxe” newspaper and participated in various fanzines and online publications. He wrote and illustrated two volumes of the cartoon “Zombess”, and as a screenwriter he published the graphic novel “Blood and Sun”. He also collaborated with diverse anthologies of […]


Graduation Film Competition Juries

Samvel Tadevosyan

Born in 1993 in Yerevan. Graduated from the Faculty of Theatre, Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography in acting. Staged performances at the Opera and Ballet National Theatre and Hovhannes Tumanyan Puppet Theatre. Received “Artavazd” theatrical award as the best young actor of the year for the role in “Egoist” solo performance. Starred in “Bravo Virtuoso”, “Life […]


Alexander Kunin

Russian researcher of comics art, curator of exhibitions, bibliologist. Director of the Moscow International festival of cartoon stories, comics art and manga “KomMissia”, which aims to promote and develop comics art in Russia. Since 2009 Kunin is the editor of a web journal devoted to comics art, the “Chedrik Chronicles” (Khroniki Chedrika). In 2010 the founder and […]


Ani Khachikyan

Film critic, actress, TV host. Graduted from Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography in film criticism, worked as a photographer for the press conferences at the “Golden Apricot” international film festival (2012-2015): Starred in many TV series, in “Super Mama” (comedy, melodrama/ 2012) and “Life and Struggle” (drama/ 2016) feature films. Since 2016 is acting at Mher […]


Best Concept Art Juries

Musho Garukyan

Graphic designer. One of the first computer graphics specialists in Armenia. Worked at “Bravo” weekly newspaper as a design artist (1992-1995), collaborated with NTV Russian television company (1996-1998), author of several TV program covers. Collaborated with “Sony Music” company, designed album covers for such artists as Cher, Boys II Men, J Spencer, Alexander O’Neal. Since […]


María José González (Majox)

Majox was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1984. She participated in various independent publications in her home country and along with the scriptwriter Abel Alves and the colorist Lara Lee published her first graphic novel “Aram The Armenian” in Uruguay and Spain. She is currently creating illustrations for the Argentinian women’s “Ohlala” magazine and […]


Josselin Facon

French illustrator and director. At the end of his studies at EMCA, he joined the studio MIYU productions, where he had already worked as an animator in multiple projects. There, he directed the film “Plein été”, pre-purchased by the French TV station Canal+. Currently he’s developing commissioned films as well as his next film.