Contributors' Details


Susanna Harutyunyan (editor) Susanna Harutyunyan is a film critic, and Artistic Director of the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival. She graduated in film criticism from the State Film Institute (VGIK) in Moscow in 1987. Then she was a film critic and cultural editor of variouslocal public-political and professional newspapers and magazines. She was founder and co-editor of the first on-line culture journal in Armenia. She was an editor-in-chief of Armenian Cinema: 1924-2009, a trilingual catalog (published in Yerevan, 2009). She published more than 500 articles in Armenia and abroad, which have been translated into a range of languages. In 2004 she co-founded, and since then is Artistic Director, of the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival.  She is the president of Armenia’s Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists (the Armenian National Section of Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique, FIPRESCI). Since 2012 she is a member of the European Film Academy. Harutyunyan has been a jury member at a number of international film festivals, including Berlin, Venice, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Rotterdam, Vienna, Moscow, Pusan, Cottbus, Tbilisi, and many others.


Siranush Galstyan (editor) is a Doctor of Arts, film historian and critic, and writer. Since 1999 she has been a lecturer in Film History (associate professor since 2012) at Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema, and at Yerevan State University since 2002. She is member of FIPRESCI since 2000 and of the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia since 2007, member of Armenian National Film Academy since 2011. She has participated as a speaker at international conferences and has been a FIPRESCI jury member at various film festivals. She has been a screenwriter for documentary films. In 2002 a selection of her short stories Pages from Someone Else’s Diary (Edjer urishi oragrits) has been published. Since 1995 she has been contributing articles to various newspapers and magazines in Armenia. She also has published abroad. In 2011, her monograph A Look at Our Cinema: History and Present Times was published in Armenian, and with the title Cinema of Armenia: An Overview appeared in the US in 2016. She has written and edited books about the Armenian directors Dmitri Kesayants and Roman Balayan (2011), and written a portrait of the Armenian filmmaker Suren Babayan (2016).


Artsvi Bakhchinyan (b. 1971, Yerevan) is a philologist, historian of the Armenian Diaspora and of film, as well as a freelance translator. He holds a Ph.D. in Philology from the Institute of Literature of the National Academy of the Republic of Armenia and received his Diploma in Armenian Language and Literature from the Yerevan State University. He published more than 10 books in Armenian, Russian and English on history, art and cultural relations, as well as numerous articles, film reviews in the Armenian and international press. Since 2004 he closely cooperates with Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival. Currently he is a senior researcher at the Institute of History of National Academy of Sciences of Republic of Armenia.

Ani Hakobyan


Maria Mirzoyan graduated from Tbilisi State University majoring in English Language and Literature. In 2002 she moved to Yerevan and has been Manager of International Relations and Audio-Visual Legislation at the National Cinema Centre of Armenia (NCCA) since 2014. She was appointed as the Armenian National Expert of European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production in 2014. She has worked on the audiovisual research for the Kantor Management Consultants S.A. (Athens, Greece) in 2015. She was directly involved in Armenia’s adhesion to Eurimages film fund. Her present professional focus is modernization of the local audiovisual industry, audiovisual policy, crosssectoral and regional cooperation. Since 2012 she has been involved in various regional projects of Golden Apricot International Film Festival (Yerevan), including, the Directors Across Borders (DAB) and Armenia – Georgia Cinema Express. As DAB Project Coordinator (2007-2008), she presented the “Cross-Border Cinema Culture” project to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. In the past, she has been Manager of the British Council Peacekeeping English Project (PEP) English Centre and Head of Testing (2003-2005), and has also worked as translator-editor and academic writer. Among other things, she has participated on various training events related to arts management and legislation, film-making, and has several art-related publications.


Raffi Movsisyan (b. 1988). From 2005–2012 he studied at the Department of Film Criticism at the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema. His articles have been published both online and in print. He works at the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival as a Film Programmer.


Naira Paytyan (b. 1976) graduated from Yerevan State University in 1998. She has worked as a journalist and cultural observer since 1998. In the past she worked for Armenia TV channel, now she works at Armenian Public H2 TV Channel. She has made several documentary films about famous directors, actors, composers, musicians and artists. She has also written numerous articles on culture, politics, cinema, etc.


Armen Shakhkyan graduated from Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema, department of film criticism (M.A.), and already during his study got involved in film and media. In 2012 and 2013 he participated at “Cinema Journalism across Borders,” a training program in the framework of Directors Across Borders (DAB) Eastern Partnership Program. He has been writing reviews for the festival daily of GAIFF (2009–2014), adding to his experience. In July 2015 he was a member of the selection committee of Apricot Stone International Short Film Competition at GAIFF. He has translated theoretical works into Armenian, including Viktor Shklovsky’s “How to Write a Screenplay.” Currently he is heading the Press Office and media relations department at Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival and also coordinating the Adami Media Prize Eastern Partnership Program in Armenia.


Maria Tokmajyan (b. 1992) graduated from the Department of Art History and Theory of Yerevan State University’s faculty of history. She participated in classes on the history and theory of cinema organized at Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema. She has attended training programs and master-classes organized by the British Council in Armenia. She is a correspondent for Kinoashkharh magazine of the National Cinema Center of Armenia, +Cinema magazine of the Union of Cinematographers (since 2012). She has published articles on cinema, arts and culture in local magazines, newspapers and websites. In 2014 and 2015 she wrote for Golden Apricot International Film Festival’s daily. She is also a correspondent on cinema and culture at Golos Armenii, a socio-political daily newspaper.


Artur Vardikyan graduated from Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema in 2012, department of film criticism. Since 2010 he is a member of the Armenian Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists (AAFCCJ). Since 2013, he is coordinator and co-editor of Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival’s “Daily” bulletin. Since 2015, he is programmer and organizer at Apricot Tree International Ethno Film Festival.

Armen Vatyan