Special Events

Special Events

OPENING NIGHT GALA - Sydney

The Opening Night Gala is a celebration of Armenian cinema and storytelling as we kick off the 8th Edition of the festival with all the glamour of our red carpet and an immersion into all things Armenia! Armenian food, Armenian wine, Armenian live music, traditional taraz and more!

Then the World Premiere film screening of The Golden Chain of Mercy, a unique Australian-Armenian docudrama, a story never before seen on screen. Filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&A.

  • 6:30pm – 7:45pm Cocktail party, with Armenian delicacies and drinks
  • 8:00pm – Formalities and screening of The Golden Chain of Mercy and Q&A (popcorn included!)
  • Evening concludes with sweets!

Reserved seating. Please select seats at time of booking.

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION - MELBOURNE

Opening Reception in Melbourne, with red carpet and pre-screening cocktail party. Including one glass of wine, beer or soft drink and a selection of Armenian delicacies.

  • 6:00pm – 7:15pm Cocktail party, with Armenian delicacies and a drink.
  • 7:30pm – Formalities and screening of The Golden Chain of Mercy and Q&A

PARAJANOV AT 100 | SPECIAL PROGRAM

Sydney & Melbourne

Dedicated to 100 years since the birth of Armenia’s greatest filmmaker Sergei Parajanov. The session includes a double-feature including the iconic The Colour of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova) considered one of the greatest films ever made. Plus gain an insight into the creative mastery of Parajanov with documentary Sergei Parajanov:The Rebel. In Sydney the session includes Q&A with film historian and expert Vigen Galstyan from Armenia.

FILMMAKER Q&A SESSIONS AND PANEL DICUSSIONS

Four international filmmakers will be attending the festival for Q&A sessions and Panel Discussions. Gain rare insights into the filmmaker’s vision, inspiration and the creative process. Plus ask your own questions about the film. Check the program guide for details on sessions that include a Q&A or Panel Discussion.

COMEDY + SOCIAL MIXER

Sydney & Melbourne

Saturday night screenings of comedy film Women in Black will be followed by a Social Mixer. Join us at the bar straight after the screening to mingle, discuss the film, enjoy a cocktail or drink and share a laugh. Drinks at own expense.