Aleksandr Mindadze (Russia), Amy Hobby (USA), Nicolas Wadimoff (Switzerland), Nino Kirtadze (France), Paolo Bertolin, (Italia) and Elizabeth Karlsen (UK) are among other jury members, ISNA reported.
Last year, the two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi presided over the jury panel at the 2018 edition of the festival.
In 2011, Farhadi won the best film award at the Golden Apricot for his film ‘A Separation,’ and this year, his new Spanish-language film, ‘Everybody Knows,’ was screened at the non-competition section of the 2018 edition of the festival.
‘Day for Night,’ by Kaveh Ebrahimpour, ‘Driving Lessons,’ by Marzieh Riyahi, ‘Return,’ by Shahriar Pourseyedian, ‘Slaughter’ by Saman Hosseinpour and Ako Zand-Karimi, ‘Darkness,’ by Saeed Ja’farian, ‘Ashes,’ by Arian Golsoorat and ‘Song Sparrow,’ by Farzaneh Omidvarnia will compete at the Competition section of the festival.
‘Axing,’ by Behrouz Shoeibi, ‘Beloved,’ by Yaser Talebi, and ‘The Absence,’ by Fatemeh Zolfaghari will go on screen at the Panorama non-competitive section of the festival.
The 2019 edition of the Armenian festival is scheduled to be held from July 7 to 14.
This year the IFF has received over 740 films from different countries and has selected a number of films from prestigious international film festivals such as the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, and Rotterdam for the program. The festival will have feature films (including fiction and documentary films) as well as short regional film contests; the non-competition program will feature a regional panorama contest. The rest of the programs, such as Yerevan Premieres, Retrospectives, and Tribute are non-competitive.
The festival has a new logo, which reflects the unique approach of the new festival team to the 16th anniversary. The logo is minimalistic, it represents the Armenian letter “Ծ” (“Ts”) and through that letter the designer tried to present the apricot, which is the symbol of the festival.