Scouting Talent Lab Teams at GAIFF 2019

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During mid-July IEFTA’s Lacey Tu attended the 17th edition of the Golden Apricot International Film Festival (GAIFF) in Armenia and participated in its first Talent Lab.

She met with 16 teams representing 12 countries who were there to work on project development and pitching.

IEFTA selected Armenian duo Angineh Isanians (Director), Nvard Hovhannisyan (Producer) and their project “Enough” for sponsorship at Torino Film Lab’s (TFL) Extended Program this fall.

Update 14th October: Sadly, Nvard Hovhannisyan (Producer) will not be able to attend, so Emily Mkrtichian will step in as Producer.

Angineh Isanians is a writer/director based in Yerevan, Armenia. For nearly a decade, Angineh has worked on Iranian narrative film sets as a key part of the camera department, contributing to some of Iran’s most well-known contemporary feature films. In 2019, she received an award from the Armenian National Cinema Center to direct her first short film, ‘Beyond the Threshold,’ and is currently developing her first feature film about a family pushed to the edge during Armenia’s Velvet Revolution.

Emily Mkrtichian is an Armenian-American Producer and Director. Her work includes producing the multi-award winning short film 140 Drams (Best Short, Izmir FF; Cinema Eye Honors, CamerImage), the viral web doc ‘Levon: a Wondrous Life’; the Armenian sci-fi short Transmission (World Premiere BFI Flare FF); and the short documentary Motherland (World Premiere Full Frame FF), about the women who risk their lives to rid their country of landmines leftover from an ethnic war.

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