Festival Guests


Festival Guests

MICHAEL GOORJIAN

An Emmy Award winning actor, writer and filmmaker, Michael’s career spans many film credits. Well known for his role as Justin in Golden Globe winning series Party of Five, he has starred alongside Hollywood legends Robert de Niro in Wizard of Lies, Mel Gibson in Forever Young and Morgan Freeman in Hard Rain.

Michael wrote, directed and stars in Amerikatsi and will be in Sydney for the screening of his film.

ARMAN NSHANIAN

Director of Songs of Solomon, producer of Amerikatsi, Arman has been directing, producing and acting for over 30 years. Through his production company People of Ar Productions, he has specialised in bridging foreign productions who wish to film in Armenia.

Arman will be in Sydney for the screening of his film Amerikatsi.

KEV ORKIAN

One of the UK’s finest internationally acclaimed entertainers. Starring on stage, on screen and touring the globe with his One Man Piano Comedy Show, Kev has performed with Lionel Ritchie and Dame Edna, performed for the troops in Afghanistan and the Royal family! His unique brand of comedy is on show in Ararat Uncovered, the sequel to the hugely popular Armenia Uncovered.

Kev is in Melbourne and Sydney for the World Premiere of his film Ararat Uncovered. He will also perform his stand-up comedy COVID MOVID!

ANDY SIMON

An award-winning Australian-Armenian journalist and television producer and director. He has worked extensively with the major Australian television networks for over 20 years, producing leading shows such as Backyard Blitz, Better Homes & Gardens and MasterChef. Andy returns to the festival after his hugely successful Armenia Uncovered.

Andy is in Melbourne and Sydney for the World Premiere of his film Ararat Uncovered.

RAFFI TANIELIAN

A London-based entrepreneur and Angel investor with companies including Bookpages.co.uk, Lastminute.com and hit movie production such as The Proposition (2005). Raffi supports Armenian philanthropic initiatives, is a benefactor of the Armenian Paralympic Team and Trustee of the Tufenkian Foundation. Raffi returns to the festival after the success of Armenia Uncovered.

Raffi is Executive Producer of Ararat Uncovered and is in Melbourne and Sydney for the World Premiere of his film.

HASMIK MOVSISYAN

Director, writer and producer of short film 250km, Hasmik was born in Yerevan, Armenia and moved to St. Petersburg, Russia with her family at the age of 11. After graduating from the medical faculty of St. Petersburg State University, she pursued her passion for filmmaking and was accepted into the directing department of Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), studying under the guidance of Alexander and Vladimir Kott and Anna Ferchenko.

Her work explores themes of identity, displacement and survival, often drawing on her personal experiences of growing up in Armenia in times of conflict. Through her films she seeks to tell authentic and compelling stories that shed light on the human condition in all it’s complexity and diversity.

Hasmik is in Sydney for the screening of her short film 250km.

LILIT MOVSISYAN

Executive Producer of short film 250km, Lilit is an esteemed educator in both Yerevan and St Petersburg. As a true patriot, she played a crucial role in the production of 250km, a compelling short film based on real events that transpired in the fall of 2020.

Lilit is in Sydney for the screening of her short film 250km.

ZHANNA NAZARYAN

Director of short film, Wounds of War, Zhanna’s work delves deep into the core of human emotions. A multi award-winning filmmaker from Armenia, Zhanna was awarded the silver prize for her first film Grandpa Hamo and Best Documentary for He Who Is Next To Us. In 2014, she received the esteemed Republic of Armenia President’s Award.

Zhanna is in Sydney for the screening of her short film Wounds of War.

ANTHONY HARUTIAN

Producer of short film Wounds of War, this is Anthony’s first film, inspired by his feeling of loss and pain during the 2020 Artsakh war. He has studied at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, and graduated with a Bacherlor’s Degree in Performing Arts, specialising in operatic singing.

Anthony is in Sydney for the screening of his short film Wounds of War.

Silva Gevorkyan

Silva was born in Armenia and spent her childhood in both Russia and Armenia, settling in the USA and now Melbourne, Australia. Silva has always had a passion for storytelling. Having written several unfinished screenplays, her short film Otar came to fruition in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when storytelling was one of the few ways to connect with people.

Silva is in Sydney for the screening of her short film Otar.