Festival Guests

Festival Guests


An Armenian art historian and curator with a PhD in Art History from the University of Sydney. Vigen has authored exhibitions, film programs, essays, databases, and books on Armenian photography, film, and modern art. Vigen ran the Film Heritage department of National Cinema Centre and is currently the founding curator of photography at the National Gallery of Armenia. He established the ManBan Archive of Visual Culture in 2023, dedicated to the collection, preservation, and study of Armenian art, design, and cinema.

Vigen is in Sydney for the Parajanov at 100 Special Program and Q&A.


A multi-award winning Armenia-based Director, Screenwriter, and Producer. Edgar’s films include the multi-award winning The Simon’s Way (short, 2016) and Lengthy Night (2019) which was Armenia’s entry to the 2019 Academy Awards. His latest film, Yasha and Leonid Brezhnev, is also multi-award winning. Edgar’s films have screened in festivals globally. In 2011 he founded Edgar Baghdasaryan Film Production LLC Company and has since worked at Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema.

Edgar is in Sydney for the screening and Q&A of his films Yasha and Leonid Brezhnev and From Ararat to Zion.


An award winning producer from Armenia, Manvel graduated from the Russian State University of Cinematography in 1980 and has contributed to the film industry ever since. After serving as executive producer at the ArmenFilm studio, in 2007, he founded Man Pictures Studio and serves as Founding Director to this day. Manvel has authored and produced several film and cultural projects, including short film Destiny and Art as well as the full-length docudramas Map of Salvation, the multi-award winning American Good Samaritans, and his most recent film The Golden Chain of Mercy.

Manvel is in Sydney for the screening and Q&A of his film The Golden Chain of Mercy.


An Armenian film director based in the United States, Roman graduated from Armenia’s Pedagogical University with a degree in Film Directing and directed several award-winning short films. Roman has directed feature films and television shows for Armenian and Russian film productions. In 2016, he graduated from the American Film Institute’s Creative Producing department. His latest film, It’s Spring, has received awards at over 25 international film festivals across the USA, Canada, and Europe. Roman has also served as a judge at the Golden Eye International Film Festival.

Roman is in Sydney for the screening and Q&A of his film It’s Spring.