by Karina Manukyan
Directors Across Borders (DAB) Project held a press conference at Golden Tulip Hotel in Yerevan to present the mission, achieved results and the main upcoming activities of the Project. The 8th Directors Across Borders (DAB) Regional Co-Production Forum will be held on 15-17 July on sidelines of the 11th Golden Apricot International Film Festival.
DAB Project Manager and Artistic Director of the GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan International Film Festival Susanna Harutyunyan told reporters 14 projects from the EaP countries out of 25 were selected to compete for three development grants of ?5,000 and two grants of ?3,500 each.
The goal of the project Directors without Borders is to foster co-production between Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Azerbaijan.
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). The past year was very successful for the DAB project's trainees and participants.Here are some examples of DAB success stories.
DAB participant and trainee Maria Saakyan's "I am going to Change My Name"won a GOLDEN APRICOT prize at the Armenian Panorama competition at Golden Apricot Festival 2013.
The DAB-2012 Co-production Forum's winner Ukrainian film The TribebyMyroslav Slaboshpytskiy has recently received three awards at the 53rd edition of Cannes Critics' Week (Semaine de la Critique) www.semainedelacritique.com . This fascinating film is included in the main competition of this year's GOLDEN APRICOT festival.