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We are thrilled to be back in cinemas, kicking off in Melbourne 3-5 June 2022 & Sydney 10-19…

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As the war in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabagh) continues, the Armenian Film Festival Australia, will screen…

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The 3rd Armenian Film Festival Sydney Australia will commence from 17-26 August 2018…

11 July 2018


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



As the war in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabagh) continues, the Armenian Film Festival Australia, in solidarity with Artsakh, will screen the inspiring feature documentary BLOODLESS: The Path to Democracy, on 8th November, 2020 at Event Cinema Top Ryde.

BLOODLESS by master documentarian Bared Maronian, tells the remarkable story of the peaceful revolution that toppled a decades-old oligarchy and reinstated democracy in Armenia in 2018. The Armenian people showed determination, resilience and unity, garnering the admiration of the world. Maronian says ‘The success of the revolution was the unified determination of the people of Armenia & the diaspora. An unbreakable bond that can crush any type of current or future adversity or aggression against the Armenian people’.

It is this bond between Armenia & diaspora that we are seeing again today during this time of war.

BLOODLESS is powerful, inspiring, and uplifting. Whilst we all know how the story unfolds, the film features never-before seen footage. The film will leave you in awe of what was achieved through the strength of the human spirit and the dedication and passion of the Armenian people. “These qualities are being witnessed again today in this time of war with authoritarian Azerbaijan and Turkey. It gives us hope and belief that the Armenians can triumph against any enemy” said Hourie Demirjian, AFFA Co-Director.

Aptly, this Australian premiere takes place at Event Cinema Top Ryde. Ryde – a city with a strong Armenian community is the sister city of Stepanakert, the capital city of Artsakh. Stepanakert has undergone constant shelling and destruction since the attacks began on 27th September 2020.

This event is being supported by a grant from the City of Ryde, in addition to Screen NSW.

All profits from the event will be donated to the All Armenia Fund (, the approved charity by both Governments of Armenia and Artsakh.

The Armenian Film Festival Australia is now in it’s 5th year. “Whilst the pandemic and now war has meant the festival has not continued as normal this year, we are proud to dedicate this 5th edition to Artsakh, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters defending our homeland” said Margaret Chater AFFA Co-Director.

Bared Maronian’s previous films WOMEN OF 1915 and ORPHANS OF THE GENOCIDE have enjoyed global success. BLOODLESS has already won numerous awards from the international film festival circuit. The AFF team are honoured to be able to showcase this film to Australian audiences via this special event. BLOODLESS is a film not to be missed!

BLOODLESS: The Path to Democracy. Sunday 8th November 2020.

Commencing with 2 sessions, 1PM and 4:30PM, additional sessions may be to meet demand. To avoid disappointment, and maintain social distancing requirements, please purchase tickets ahead of time.

Tickets: Adults $30, Children (15 and under) $20. All children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Family tickets and group tickets are available. See the festival website for all the details, including the answers to your FAQ’s.
The event complies with Covid-safe guidelines and has restricted seating in each session to allow for social distancing. As such sessions will sell out faster than normal.

For more information and to book your tickets:
Make sure to follow AFFA on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date!
The Armenian Film Festival Australia is an initiative of Hamazkaine Armenian Educational & Cultural Society – Shant Chapter.



The 3rd Armenian Film Festival Sydney Australia will commence from 17-26 August 2018 at the Events Cinema Top Ryde. The festival will formally open with the Australian premiere of the Armenian, Belgian, and French produced action comedy, Bravo Virtuoso.

Festival Co-Directors Margaret Chater and Hourie Demirjian, are pleased to formally announce their third Festival, which will also see writer-director Anahid Abad attending the film festival for the Australia first premier of her controversial film YEVA. Her film was the Armenian submission in the best foreign film category for the 2018 Academy Awards

Guests including The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of NSW, the highly talented and successful Zareh Nalbandian, Executive Producer on Academy Award winning Happy Feet, and Steven Daghlian, CommSec Analyst and reporter will be in attendance of the festival Opening Night Gala to be held Saturday, 18 August 2018 at the Events Cinema Top Ryde.

Bluepoint Consulting Pty Ltd, specialised financial and investment services, are delighted to partner with the Armenian Film Festival as our major sponsors, as we showcase amazing and diverse talent by various Filmmakers, Producers, Directors, and Actors.

The festival will comprise of 15 feature films, short-films and documentaries with genres including comedy, drama, and action, as well as Armenian cultural and historical themes.

Some of the other festival big hitters to note include multi-award winning documentary Crows of the Desert, the film Lost Birds, and special feature film Path of our Dream, which will wrap up the festival on 26 August 2018.

Armenian Film Festival runs 17- 26 August 2018.

Tickets for the Armenian Film Festival 2018 are now on sale. Please visit or contact Alan Sarkissian 0414 234 299 for more information.


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From Friday 17 August to Sunday 26 August 2018, the 3rd Armenian Film Festival Sydney promises to offer Sydneysiders an entertaining journey into Armenian culture and history through the many genre of films to be showcased.

The season’s festival will demonstrate the progression from traditional Armenian themes to arthouse, whilst still maintaining the cultural thread. There is a compilation of feature films, short films, and documentaries. The sessions will offer post-viewing discussions and the opportunity to meet the artistic creative behind select films.

Relatively new to the industry scene, the 3rd Armenian Film Festival Sydney is fast gaining in momentum with a growing fan-base.