Special Events

Special Events

OPENING NIGHT GALA

Melbourne & Sydney

Join us for our centrepiece event, with Red Carpet, celebrity guests and live entertainment! Includes pre-screening cocktail party and post-screening sweets!

  • 6:30-7:45pm Cocktail party with drinks & Armenian delicacies
  • 7:45pm Patrons seated
  • 8:00pm Formalities and screening of Amerikatsi (with popcorn!)
  • Evening concludes with sweets

A fabulous night to open the festival!

Reserved seating. Please select your seats at time of booking.

CLOSING NIGHT

COMEDY DOUBLE with KEV ORKIAN
Melbourne & Sydney

Join us for an unforgettable closing night at the film festival featuring a double dose of entertainment!

First, immerse yourself in the screening of Ararat Uncovered, with Kev, Director Andy Simon and Executive Producer Raffi Tanielian in attendance, ready for your questions in a Q&A.

Then after a brief intermission…

Kev Orkian takes the stage for his latest world tour, the side-splitting show COVID MOVID!

COVID MOVID!
What happens when Kev – a father, a husband, and an entertainer is stuck in a house with no job other than to look after his family? With hysterical relatable stories, this show promises everything from Kev’s repertoire as a concert pianist and one of the worlds greatest entertainers.

Spreading joy and laughter after such challenging times – we can’t think of a better way to close the festival for 2023!

Reserved seating. Please select your seats at time of booking. Session time is 3.5 hours including intermission. 

COVID MOVID! is family friendly, rated PG. It is in English.

IN CONVERSATION WITH ZAREH NALBANDIAN

Sydney

An intimate conversation with the pioneering CEO and Co-Founder of the ground-breaking animation studio Animal Logic.

Zareh will discuss the opportunities and challenges in producing independent films for global audiences.

Hear about the importance of continuing to tell our unique and culturally specific stories, at the same time making sure that they resonate with and can reach international audiences. In that context, Zareh will discuss the challenges in developing, financing, and producing independent films, and opportunities and challenges in reaching global audiences through festivals, theatrical releases, and now streamers.

Join us to get a rare insight into Zareh’s career and success spanning decades. Zareh’s producing credits include Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Peter Rabbit and Executive Producer on Academy Award winning Happy Feet, The Lego Movie and more. He is dedicated to mentoring a new generation of filmmakers.

A session for filmmakers, film enthusiasts, students, industry professionals and anyone interested in an industry success story.

Interviewed by Laura Tchilinguirian (ABC Radio News Presenter & Producer)

Tickets are $15