գաիֆ-300x193The Directors Across Borders (DAB) Project launched by GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan International Film Festival and funded by the European Union, summarized the activities implemented during the last three years. During 2011-2014 the project, that brings together the filmmakers of Eastern Partnership countries into one hub, had great importance and significance with its organized events.

From November 2011 up to date the project successfully implemented all of its seven programs, namely Cinema Across Borders Online Network, Film Workshops, DAB Regional Co-Production Forum, Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform, Cinema Journalism Across Borders, Film Across Borders and the Harmonizing Regional Co-production.

“This is a very important project. The initiative of Golden Apricot incorporated different countries like Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, etc. We managed to make Armenia a leading country to bring together the filmmakers of other countries so that they work for cinema,” Harutyun Khachatryan, Director General of GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan International Film Festival and Director of DAB Project, noted while summing up the project.

Within the framework of DAB project a set of DVD discs has been released which involves the following six films made by Eastern Partnership countries: “Border” by Harutyun Khachatryan, “Joan and Voices” by Mikayel Vatinyan, “Keep Smiling” by Rusudan Chkonia, “Panihida” by Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu, “The Role” by Konstantin Lopushansky, and “Love Me” by Maryna Gorbach and Mehmet Bahadir.

EU Delegation to Armenia representative, DAB Project Manager and Artistic Director of the GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan International Film Festival Susanna Harutyunyan noted that the festival initiated the project earlier in 2007 and the EU began its funding in 2011.

“We have success stories which come to prove that our efforts and implemented activities were not in vain,” Susanna Harutyunyan added.

The DAB project 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: INTERNEWS (Ukraine), Cinema Art Centre Prometheus (Georgia), and Media Initiatives Center (Armenia).

 G.R.G