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1 day ago
Close Up

Congratulations to director Hussein Al-Asadi (Close Up Alumni 2020-2021) and producers Huda Al Kadhimi and Huma Gupta for recieving a MENA – Feature Documentary – Post-Production grant from the @dohafilm Institute for their film “She Was Not Alone”.

“She Was Not Alone” also won the Best Film in Post-Production award at The @maffswe Industry Days (MID) last month.

“She Was Not Alone” follows Fatima, a nomadic woman, who fights to keep her beloved buffaloes alive in Iraq’s dying marshes, as her island and way of life are threatened by the effects of climate change.

Sending a huge congratulations to the team for these wonderful achievements!

For more information on “She Was Not Alone” or the Doha Film Institute, check the link in bio!
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Congratulations to director Hussein Al-Asadi (Close Up Alumni 2020-2021) and producers Huda Al Kadhimi and Huma Gupta for recieving a MENA – Feature Documentary – Post-Production grant from the @dohafilm Institute for their film “She Was Not Alone”.  

“She Was Not Alone” also won the Best Film in Post-Production award at The @maffswe Industry Days (MID) last month. 

“She Was Not Alone” follows Fatima, a nomadic woman, who fights to keep her beloved buffaloes alive in Iraq’s dying marshes, as her island and way of life are threatened by the effects of climate change.

Sending a huge congratulations to the team for these wonderful achievements! 

For more information on “She Was Not Alone” or the Doha Film Institute, check the link in bio!
4 days ago
Close Up

We create crucial opportunities for Close Up filmmakers and provide a number of highly prestigious awards at Close Up Pitching Forum each year. We believe it is vital to the success of our filmmakers to provide them with additional opportunities to support the progress of their films!

The 2023-2024 Close Up Pitching Forum Awards include cash prizes, wonderful residency fellowships in USA and invitations to attend prestigious documentary markets and film festivals. We are happy to continue our fruitful collaboration with Docs Up Fund, @silversunfoundation, @jbfc_pville, @medimed_docmarket, @moviesthatmatterfestival, @middleastnow.festival, @whickerawards, @iefta_org, @idaorg, and @pointsnorthinstitute.

In addition to the awards that will be given at the Pitching Forum, each year we select Close Up alumni projects to participate in prestigious film festivals around the world. Filmmakers are invited to present their work-in-progress materials in Florence, Italy at the wonderful Middle East Now Film Festival and invited to participate at the Rough Cut Service organised by the amazing Movies that Matter Film Festival in the Netherlands!

We are delighted to be collaborating with such strong international organizations that are deeply dedicated to supporting and nurturing original and innovative documentary cinema from Southwest Asia and North Africa. These awards and opportunities highlight our shared commitment to encouraging emerging filmmakers from our region to create outstanding films, as there continues to be a great need and urgency for support for our community of filmmakers.
Sending a huge thank you to our wonderful collaborators and supporters, @whicker_girl, Jess Gormley, @liannellewey, @margjedk, @michaelstuetz, @karensgoodman, Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen, @lisachiari, and @robiruta.
Remember to hurry and apply to the Close Up 2024-2025 program if you don’t want to miss out these wonderful opportunities!
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We create crucial opportunities for Close Up filmmakers and provide a number of highly prestigious awards at Close Up Pitching Forum each year. We believe it is vital to the success of our filmmakers to provide them with additional opportunities to support the progress of their films!

The 2023-2024 Close Up Pitching Forum Awards include cash prizes, wonderful residency fellowships in USA and invitations to attend prestigious documentary markets and film festivals. We are happy to continue our fruitful collaboration with Docs Up Fund, @silversunfoundation, @jbfc_pville, @medimed_docmarket, @moviesthatmatterfestival, @middleastnow.festival, @whickerawards, @iefta_org, @idaorg, and @pointsnorthinstitute.

In addition to the awards that will be given at the Pitching Forum, each year we select Close Up alumni projects to participate in prestigious film festivals around the world. Filmmakers are invited to present their work-in-progress materials in Florence, Italy at the wonderful Middle East Now Film Festival and invited to participate at the Rough Cut Service organised by the amazing Movies that Matter Film Festival in the Netherlands!

We are delighted to be collaborating with such strong international organizations that are deeply dedicated to supporting and nurturing original and innovative documentary cinema from Southwest Asia and North Africa. These awards and opportunities highlight our shared commitment to encouraging emerging filmmakers from our region to create outstanding films, as there continues to be a great need and urgency for support for our community of filmmakers. 
Sending a huge thank you to our wonderful collaborators and supporters, @whicker_girl, Jess Gormley, @liannellewey, @margjedk, @michaelstuetz, @karensgoodman, Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen, @lisachiari, and @robiruta. 
Remember to hurry and apply to the Close Up 2024-2025 program if you don’t want to miss out these wonderful opportunities!Image attachmentImage attachment+7Image attachment
6 days ago
Close Up

✨Close Up Third Workshop & Pitching Forum is just around the corner!✨

The 2023-2024 cohort of Close Up filmmakers have been rigorously working on their projects, and now we are getting ready with full force for our wonderful Third Workshop and Pitching Forum taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia from June 3-9! We are happy to announce the industry guests who are invited as panel members at the Pitching Forum. Our industry leaders come from highly prestigious international cinema foundations, festivals, and broadcasters. This year’s invited commissioning editors and panel members include:

Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen from IDFA Forum, Alex Szalat from Docs Up Fund, Basil Tsiokos from Sundance Film Festival, Ian LoCascio from the Jacob Burns Film Center, Jane Ray from The Whickers, Jess Gormley from The Guardian, Lianne Llewellyn from International Emerging Film Talent Organization, Lucie Kon from BBC Storyville, Margje de Koning from Movies That Matter Film Festival, Michael Stütz who is Head of Panorama Berlinale, and Sophie Chegaray from France Télévisions.

Stay tuned to follow news about our Third Workshop & Pitching Forum.

If you want to take part in next year’s Close Up Pitching Forum and have the opportunity to meet with key decision makers and leaders from the international documentary industry, go ahead and apply to the Close Up 2024-2025 program!

🔗Link in bio to apply.
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✨Close Up Third Workshop & Pitching Forum is just around the corner!✨

The 2023-2024 cohort of Close Up filmmakers have been rigorously working on their projects, and now we are getting ready with full force for our wonderful Third Workshop and Pitching Forum taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia from June 3-9! We are happy to announce the industry guests who are invited as panel members at the Pitching Forum. Our industry leaders come from highly prestigious international cinema foundations, festivals, and broadcasters. This year’s invited commissioning editors and panel members include:

Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen from IDFA Forum, Alex Szalat from Docs Up Fund, Basil Tsiokos from Sundance Film Festival, Ian LoCascio from the Jacob Burns Film Center, Jane Ray from The Whickers, Jess Gormley from The Guardian, Lianne Llewellyn from International Emerging Film Talent Organization, Lucie Kon from BBC Storyville, Margje de Koning from Movies That Matter Film Festival, Michael Stütz who is Head of Panorama Berlinale, and Sophie Chegaray from France Télévisions. 

Stay tuned to follow news about our Third Workshop & Pitching Forum.

If you want to take part in next year’s Close Up Pitching Forum and have the opportunity to meet with key decision makers and leaders from the international documentary industry, go ahead and apply to the Close Up 2024-2025 program!

🔗Link in bio to apply.Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment
7 days ago
Close Up

🎥 Calling documentary filmmakers: الجزيرة الوثائقية (AJD): Industry Days are back for their third edition, happening in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from September 14th to 16th, 2024.

📝 Documentary projects at all stages of development and production are welcome to apply, with the initiative specifically targeting independent filmmakers and production companies. The AJD Industry Days categorise submissions into three main sections: the Main Pitch for projects at any development stage, Rough Cut for those nearing completion, and Balkan Stars focusing on the early stages suitable for regional and international co-productions.

📅 Entries are accepted through a dedicated submission form on the AJD website until 31 May, 2024, with successful applicants notified by the end of July. Alongside project pitches, the Industry Days offer extensive networking opportunities, aiming to enhance the documentary landscape with innovative and impactful stories.

For more information on AJD Industry Days and how to apply, check the link in bio!

#callforsubmissions #AlJazeera #documentaryfilm
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🎥 Calling documentary filmmakers: @aljazeeradocumentary (AJD): Industry Days are back for their third edition, happening in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from September 14th to 16th, 2024. 

📝 Documentary projects at all stages of development and production are welcome to apply, with the initiative specifically targeting independent filmmakers and production companies. The AJD Industry Days categorise submissions into three main sections: the Main Pitch for projects at any development stage, Rough Cut for those nearing completion, and Balkan Stars focusing on the early stages suitable for regional and international co-productions.

📅 Entries are accepted through a dedicated submission form on the AJD website until 31 May, 2024, with successful applicants notified by the end of July. Alongside project pitches, the Industry Days offer extensive networking opportunities, aiming to enhance the documentary landscape with innovative and impactful stories.

For more information on AJD Industry Days and how to apply, check the link in bio!

#callforsubmissions #aljazeera #documentaryfilm
1 week ago
Close Up

🏆 Thrilled to share exciting news for No Other Land and Hollywoodgate from The 21st Millennium Docs Against Gravity Festival! No Other Land by @basilaladraa, @yuval_abraham, Rachel Szor and @hamdan_mo_balall (Close Up Alumni 2020-2021) has been awarded the Grand Prix Bank Millennium Award, Bydgoszcz ART.DOC Award, and Special Mention Lower Silesia Grand Prix. Hollywoodgate directed by @ibrahimnsht and produced by @talal.derki (Close Up alumni 2021-2022), was awarded The Mayor of Gdynia Award and Special Mention Bydgoszcz Art.Doc Award.

No Other Land’s Grand Prix win gave the film a EUR 8,000 prize. Additionally, the film won the Bydgoszcz ART.DOC Award 2024, and received 2000 Euros. The Jury justifications beautifully captured the film, saying:
“A powerful documentary that crystalized grave injustice into a story of friendship and how hope can thrive only when everyone has freedom. This film masterfully uses all elements of filmmaking - gritty realistic cinematography, compelling editing - to tell the story of the human need for hope, peace, and family. In the process, reminding us that true connections and friendships that transcend boundaries are more powerful than weapons and the only path forward for all of us.”

Hollywoodgate won The Mayor of Gdynia Award, receiving 15,000 PLN. The jury justification highlighted the film’s brave storytelling:
“For its immense courage in entering a closed, closely guarded world and exposing the mechanisms of authoritarian systems.”
The film also won an honorary mention of the District Bar Council in Bydgoszcz for the best production dealing with the issue of human rights to a film. The Jury said:
“The artist, recording at risk and showing the world this case study of the birth of a dictatorship, penetrating with his camera into the very interior of the dictatorship and showing the mechanisms of power from the inside, stands up for all those citizens who are deprived of their rights by this power, and who have no possibility in their country to express any opposition.”

Congratulations to our wonderful filmmakers for these amazing achievements!
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🏆 Thrilled to share exciting news for No Other Land and Hollywoodgate from The 21st Millennium Docs Against Gravity Festival! No Other Land by @basilaladraa, @yuval_abraham, Rachel Szor and @hamdan_mo_balall (Close Up Alumni 2020-2021) has been awarded the Grand Prix Bank Millennium Award, Bydgoszcz ART.DOC Award, and Special Mention Lower Silesia Grand Prix. Hollywoodgate directed by @ibrahimnsht and produced by @talal.derki (Close Up alumni 2021-2022), was awarded The Mayor of Gdynia Award and Special Mention Bydgoszcz Art.Doc Award. 

No Other Land’s Grand Prix win gave the film a EUR 8,000 prize. Additionally, the film won the Bydgoszcz ART.DOC Award 2024, and received 2000 Euros. The Jury justifications beautifully captured the film, saying:
“A powerful documentary that crystalized grave injustice into a story of friendship and how hope can thrive only when everyone has freedom. This film masterfully uses all elements of filmmaking - gritty realistic cinematography, compelling editing - to tell the story of the human need for hope, peace, and family. In the process, reminding us that true connections and friendships that transcend boundaries are more powerful than weapons and the only path forward for all of us.”

Hollywoodgate won The Mayor of Gdynia Award, receiving 15,000 PLN. The jury justification highlighted the film’s brave storytelling:
“For its immense courage in entering a closed, closely guarded world and exposing the mechanisms of authoritarian systems.”
The film also won an honorary mention of the District Bar Council in Bydgoszcz for the best production dealing with the issue of human rights to a film. The Jury said:
“The artist, recording at risk and showing the world this case study of the birth of a dictatorship, penetrating with his camera into the very interior of the dictatorship and showing the mechanisms of power from the inside, stands up for all those citizens who are deprived of their rights by this power, and who have no possibility in their country to express any opposition.”

Congratulations to our wonderful filmmakers for these amazing achievements!Image attachment
2 weeks ago
Close Up

The Close Up 2024-2025 call for applications is open! Are you eligible to apply? See below!

✅ you’re a documentary filmmaker
✅ you’re from Southwest Asia or North Africa
✅ you have a documentary project in the works
✅ you want to work closely with leading industry professionals
✅ you want to meet other emerging filmmakers from the region
✅ you want your documentary to reach its full potential and make waves around the world

Does this sound like you? Then apply now for our next program!

LINK IN BIO TO APPLY!
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The Close Up 2024-2025 call for applications is open! Are you eligible to apply? See below!

✅ you’re a documentary filmmaker
✅ you’re from Southwest Asia or North Africa
✅ you have a documentary project in the works
✅ you want to work closely with leading industry professionals
✅ you want to meet other emerging filmmakers from the region
✅ you want your documentary to reach its full potential and make waves around the world

Does this sound like you? Then apply now for our next program!

LINK IN BIO TO APPLY!Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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How about south africa

2 weeks ago
Close Up

Close Up is very happy to announce our call for applications for our sixth edition! After an incredibly successful five years, we eagerly look forward to our sixth cohort of talented filmmakers!

Deadline for submissions: July 8th, 2024.

Close Up is an international independent NGO based in Brussels, Belgium that provides annual training, development, and mentorship for documentary filmmakers.

Recent Films that were developed in the Close Up program won highly acclaimed international awards including, No Other Land (Berlinale 2024 Best Documentary & Audience Award) Hollywoodgate (Venice Film Festival 2023, El Gouna 2023 Best Feature Documentary & FIPRESCI) Q (Tribeca 2023 Best New Documentary Director, Sheffield DocFest 2023 Best First Feature Award) to name a few.

Close Up filmmakers are invited to pitch at film festivals and markets around the world including Berlinale European Film Market, HotDocs, Sheffield DocFest, CPH:DOX, IDFA Forum, Cannes Docs, Vision du Réel, MEDIMED, and FIPADOC, to name a few. Many projects have received prestigious international support and grants after going through the Close Up program, including financial support from the Sundance Institute, Catapult Film Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, IDFA Bertha Fund, Hot Docs Cross Current, The Whickers Foundation, Berlinale World Cinema Fund, Doha Film Institute, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, and many more!

FILMMAKERS FROM THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY:

Afghanistan • Algeria • Armenia • Azerbaijan • Bahrain • Egypt • Georgia • Iran • Iraq • Israel • Jordan • Kuwait • Lebanon • Libya • Morocco • Oman • Palestine • Qatar • Saudi Arabia • Sudan • Syria • Tunisia • Turkey • United Arab Emirates • Yemen

Don’t miss your chance to join this year’s amazing cohort, apply now!

For more information and to apply, visit the link in our bio
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Close Up is very happy to announce our call for applications for our sixth edition! After an incredibly successful five years, we eagerly look forward to our sixth cohort of talented filmmakers! 

Deadline for submissions: July 8th, 2024.

Close Up is an international independent NGO based in Brussels, Belgium that provides annual training, development, and mentorship for documentary filmmakers. 

 Recent Films that were developed in the Close Up program won highly acclaimed international awards including, No Other Land (Berlinale 2024 Best Documentary & Audience Award) Hollywoodgate (Venice Film Festival 2023, El Gouna 2023 Best Feature Documentary & FIPRESCI) Q (Tribeca 2023 Best New Documentary Director, Sheffield DocFest 2023 Best First Feature Award) to name a few.

Close Up filmmakers are invited to pitch at film festivals and markets around the world including Berlinale European Film Market, HotDocs, Sheffield DocFest, CPH:DOX, IDFA Forum, Cannes Docs, Vision du Réel, MEDIMED, and FIPADOC, to name a few. Many projects have received prestigious international support and grants after going through the Close Up program, including financial support from the Sundance Institute, Catapult Film Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, IDFA Bertha Fund, Hot Docs Cross Current, The Whickers Foundation, Berlinale World Cinema Fund, Doha Film Institute, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, and many more!

FILMMAKERS FROM THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY:

Afghanistan • Algeria • Armenia • Azerbaijan • Bahrain • Egypt • Georgia • Iran • Iraq • Israel • Jordan • Kuwait • Lebanon • Libya • Morocco • Oman • Palestine • Qatar • Saudi Arabia • Sudan • Syria • Tunisia • Turkey • United Arab Emirates • Yemen 

Don’t miss your chance to join this year’s amazing cohort, apply now!

For more information and to apply, visit the link in our bio

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Could we apply from Timor-Leste? Close Up Please

Only Arab Countries??

How about india?

Clément Pourtal you heard of this programm?

Mohamed Hany

Noamen Noamen

Rafi Nur

Marvin Lyndon Carmelo

Aa w

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2 weeks ago
Close Up

🎬 Filmmaker in Focus: Anzhela Frangyan
Today we are happy to shine our spotlight on the filmmaker Anzhela Frangyan. Anzhela was part of the Close Up 2022-2023 cohort and participated in the program with her feature documentary film ‘‘Homemade Mulberry Vodka’.

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself
A. I am from Armenia. Born in Spitak. In 1988 there was a big Earthquake in my town. From then on it was my dream to become a storyteller and be able to tell stories about people who seem invisible in mass media.

Q. How did you become interested in film?
A. There was not cinemas or theaters in my little town. But there was a nice TV show called 8 and half as Federico Fellini’s film, and they were showing great films, classics, and new films. It was a very late hour, I don’t know why. So when everyone was sleeping I was coming to TV secretly watching the show, mum finding out becoming angry, as I wasn’t able to get up in the morning for school .
Once Italian people who helped us after the earthquake built the Italian neighborhood, come with some theater directors, and with the children put the performance, I was playing there, and after that fell in love with this world.

Q. How did you arrive at the subject of your Close Up project?
A. I was in the region called Artsakh , with my friends celebrating birthday, then suddenly war started. I had a camera with me and start shooting everything I saw, never aiming that it will be a film, cause at that moment there was no foreign correspondents in the region, and I was thinking I need to spread what I see there.
After when the reporters came, I started shooting more intimate situations with my friends, and surrounding people , and started thinking about making it as a film.

Q. If you could have coffee with any filmmaker, who would it be and why?
A. I would love to talk with Parajanov, my lecturer who was his student, telling me that he was such a deep person, that its nearly able to predict the future of her and her lover )
And who doesn’t want to know the future of the love☺) ( Joke )
Its a hard time for my nation at the moment, and I love our whole world, but I have also a sense of belonging … and I would love to discuss it with him ….Though I saw some of his interviews where he already witnessed terrible things, and he was telling
‘’I will take my revenge on you with love ‘’. I would love to learn it from him

Q. If you weren’t a filmmaker, what might you be?
A. I am making the joke that I would love to become and astrophysics, to be honest storytelling is the most interesting thing for me, in whatever form it will be ….I am a fan of storytelling

Q. What advice would you give to your younger self?
A. Make mistakes, don’t be afraid.

Q. What has influenced your work as a filmmaker the most? A person, an educator, another filmmaker, a film itself, an experience, etc.?
A. As an Armenian I couldn’t ‘’escape’’ not being influenced by Parajanov and Peleshyan.
Later on through the Armenian International Film Festival Golden Apricot I was able to see great movies and met Wim Wenders and Abbas Kiarostami.
I was stunned by Abbas Kiarostami, he kind of didn’t care about anything else and was using all the possible instruments for his storytelling, never being afraid of whether that suits documentary or fiction.

Also I feel blessed to meet on my way Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens , who are great filmmakers, and I am very grateful that I had a chance to work with them.
With my project Homemade Mulberry Vodka I met two other filmmakers who had a big impact on the project and even on me as person. Anstasia Kirilova , and Marat Sargsyan . He, his style the way he freely he built his storytelling, and new approaches to the subject taught me a lot, and I can't wait for the chance to use new knowledge.

Overall I did not have the proper education of filmmaker, as I guess many of us in Armenia, that’s why I am like the thirsty person who finds water, whenever in my life I meet this kind of filmmaker I try to use every second being next to them to learn from them. And I guess this process is not less interesting and exciting for me than filmmaking itself

Q. If you could have coffee with any filmmaker, who would it be and why?
A. I would love to talk with Parajanov, my lecturer who was his student, telling me that he was such a deep person, that its nearly able to predict the future of her and her lover )
And who doesn’t want to know the future of the love☺) ( Joke )
Its a hard time for my nation at the moment, and I love our whole world, but I have also a sense of belonging … and I would love to discuss it with him ….Though I saw some of his interviews where he already witnessed terrible things, and he was telling
‘’I will take my revenge on you with love ‘’. I would love to learn it from him

Q. Is there an anecdote about your project you’d like to share?
A. I try to bring the jokes on this heavy subject on the project…but let's see if that is possible ….

Q. What accomplishment thus far are you most proud of?
A. I don’t know how successful will be at the end my film…. But when the Armenian people force exiled from there homes in Artsakh, I was afraid, and decided to break my hard drives , not knowing what will be with us, and how dangerous it would be to take the materials, villagers who I was shooting decided to take with them the hard drives, and they saved the hard drives, as the last ‘’document of their village’’…. This was priceless for me

Q. Anything else?
A. I am thankful to Sigal Yahoda and the Close Up team.
My topic was very difficult, and it was a very difficult time for me, and Close Up never left me alone, it means a lot to me.
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🎬 Filmmaker in Focus: Anzhela Frangyan
Today we are happy to shine our spotlight on the filmmaker Anzhela Frangyan. Anzhela was part of the Close Up 2022-2023 cohort and participated in the program with her feature documentary film ‘‘Homemade Mulberry Vodka’. 

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself
A. I am from Armenia. Born in Spitak. In 1988 there was a big Earthquake in my town. From then on it was my dream to become a storyteller and be able to tell stories about people who seem invisible in mass media.

Q. How did you become interested in film? 
A. There was not cinemas or theaters in my little town. But there was a nice TV show called 8 and half as Federico Fellini’s film, and they were showing great films, classics, and new films. It was a very late hour, I don’t know why. So when everyone was sleeping I was coming to  TV secretly watching the show, mum finding out becoming angry, as I wasn’t able to get up in the morning for school .
Once Italian people who helped us after the earthquake built the Italian neighborhood, come with some theater directors, and with the children put the performance, I was playing there, and after that fell in love with this world.

Q. How did you arrive at the subject of your Close Up project? 
A. I was in the region called Artsakh , with my friends celebrating birthday, then suddenly war started. I had a camera with me and start shooting everything I saw, never aiming that it will be a film, cause at that moment there was no foreign correspondents in the region, and I was  thinking  I need to spread what I see there.
After when the reporters came, I started shooting more intimate situations with my friends, and surrounding people , and started thinking about making it as a film.

Q. If you could have coffee with any filmmaker, who would it be and why?
A. I would love to talk with Parajanov, my lecturer who was his student, telling me that he was such a deep person, that its nearly able to predict the future of her and her lover  ) 
And who doesn’t want to know the future of the love☺) ( Joke ) 
Its a hard time for my nation at the moment, and I love our whole world, but I have also a sense of belonging … and I would love to discuss it with him ….Though I saw some of his interviews where he already witnessed terrible things, and he was telling 
‘’I will take my revenge on you with love ‘’. I would love to learn it from him 

Q. If you weren’t a filmmaker, what might you be? 
A. I am making the joke that I would love to become and astrophysics, to be honest storytelling is the most interesting thing for me, in whatever form it will be ….I am a fan of storytelling  

Q. What advice would you give to your younger self?
A. Make mistakes, don’t be afraid.

Q. What has influenced your work as a filmmaker the most? A person, an educator, another filmmaker, a film itself, an experience, etc.?
A. As an Armenian I couldn’t ‘’escape’’ not being influenced by Parajanov and Peleshyan.
Later on through the  Armenian International Film Festival Golden Apricot I was able to see great movies and met Wim Wenders and Abbas Kiarostami. 
I was stunned by Abbas Kiarostami, he kind of didn’t care about anything else and was using all the possible instruments for his storytelling, never being afraid of whether that suits documentary or fiction.

Also I feel blessed to meet on my way Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens , who are great filmmakers, and I am very grateful that I had a chance to work with them.
 With my project Homemade Mulberry Vodka I met two other filmmakers who had a big impact on the project and even on me as person. Anstasia Kirilova , and Marat Sargsyan . He, his style the way he freely he built his storytelling, and new approaches to the subject taught me a lot, and I cant wait for the chance to use new knowledge. 

Overall I did not have the proper education of filmmaker, as I guess many of us in Armenia, that’s why I am like the thirsty person who finds water, whenever in my life I meet this kind of filmmaker I try to use every second being next to them to learn from them. And I guess this process is not less interesting and exciting for me than filmmaking itself 

Q. If you could have coffee with any filmmaker, who would it be and why?
A. I would love to talk with Parajanov, my lecturer who was his student, telling me that he was such a deep person, that its nearly able to predict the future of her and her lover  ) 
And who doesn’t want to know the future of the love☺) ( Joke ) 
Its a hard time for my nation at the moment, and I love our whole world, but I have also a sense of belonging … and I would love to discuss it with him ….Though I saw some of his interviews where he already witnessed terrible things, and he was telling 
‘’I will take my revenge on you with love ‘’. I would love to learn it from him 

Q. Is there an anecdote about your project you’d like to share?
A. I try to bring the jokes on this heavy subject on the project…but lets see if that is possible ….

Q. What accomplishment thus far are you most proud of?
A.  I don’t know how successful will be at the end my film…. But when the Armenian people force exiled from there  homes in  Artsakh, I was afraid, and decided to break my hard drives , not knowing  what will be with us, and how dangerous it would be to take the materials, villagers who I was shooting decided to take with them the hard drives, and they saved the hard drives, as the last ‘’document of their village’’…. This was priceless for me 

Q. Anything else? 
A. I am thankful to Sigal Yahoda and the Close Up team. 
My topic was very difficult, and it was a very difficult time for me, and Close Up never left me alone, it means a lot to me.

10 CommentsComment on Facebook

A very talented Armenian filmmaker!!

Good luck and success in all your achievements dear

Perfect! Good for you, Angela Frangyan jan!

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Shat vat targmanutyun...uxxaki anvorak

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2 weeks ago
Close Up

📣CALL FOR APPLICATIONS! Last day to apply for the Documentary Hive at FIDADOC. The Documentary Hive during the Festival will take place from June 7-12, 2024.

For its 12th edition, the Documentary Hive invites around fifty apprentice documentary filmmakers, students, filmmakers, visual artists, journalists, community activists to Agadir for the entire festival week. Participants will have the chance to attend all screenings and engage in a rich program of cultural and educational activities, including master classes, case studies, and professional networking opportunities.

📍 Location: Agadir
📅 Dates: June 8-12, 2024
⏰ Application Deadline: May 14, 2024

🔗 To apply, fill out a brief questionnaire: forms.gle/xjMez9NdoxLS3anh8, or check the link in bio.
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📣CALL FOR APPLICATIONS! Last day to apply for the Documentary Hive at @fidadoc. The Documentary Hive during the Festival will take place from June 7-12, 2024. 

For its 12th edition, the Documentary Hive invites around fifty apprentice documentary filmmakers, students, filmmakers, visual artists, journalists, community activists to Agadir for the entire festival week. Participants will have the chance to attend all screenings and engage in a rich program of cultural and educational activities, including master classes, case studies, and professional networking opportunities.

📍 Location: Agadir
📅 Dates: June 8-12, 2024
⏰ Application Deadline: May 14, 2024

🔗 To apply, fill out a brief questionnaire: https://forms.gle/xjMez9NdoxLS3anh8, or check the link in bio.
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