2022 Festival – Director’s Message

Welcome to the 6th Edition of the Armenian Film Festival Australia!

We are thrilled to be back in cinemas, kicking off in Melbourne 3-5 June 2022 at the Lido Cinema and Sydney 10-19 June at Events Cinemas Top Ryde. And we have a line-up of eagerly awaited titles across drama, comedy, family friendly and documentary genres.

Reflecting a difficult era for the Armenian people, this year’s festival shines a Spotlight on Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) with two narrative feature films, the award-winning Gate to Heaven and Should the Wind Drop, which was screened at Cannes, plus a short film We are our Mountains and a feature documentary 45 Days: The fight for a Nation, filmed in 2020 during the 45 days of the
Artsakh war.

Despite a history of tragedy that remains a lived and continued experience for the Armenian people, one thing is certain. Armenians persevere, continuously create and rebuild. We see these truths in two of the festival’s highlighted films Sabre Dance and Songs of Solomon. Both tell the true story of musical artists, the exceptional talent of Aram Khachaturian (Sabre Dance) and Komitas Vartabed (Songs of Solomon) who amid massacre and war birthed beauty through their musical gifts.

In the spirit of keeping hearts joyful, we welcome two entertaining family films this year; Once Upon a Time at School plus Olympicos – an animation based on the true story of an Armenian King at the Ancient Olympics!

We are fortunate to be joined by international filmmakers, so look out for those sessions for insightful post-screening Q&A. The Hidden Map is one of those sessions you won’t want to miss.

And finally, immerse yourself in Armenian culture as we present Armenian food, music, song and dance!
We look forward to seeing you at the festival!
Margaret Chater & Hourie Demirjian
Festival Co-Founders & Co-Directors