Arsen Azatyan

Biography

In 1981 he graduated from the film directing department of the culture faculty at Yerevan Pedagogical Institute. From 1981 to 1990 with his colleague Narine Mkrtchyan worked at the Armenfilm State Studio where they directed five short films based on their own scenarios. In 1990 they established Aysor and, later on, Aysor-Plus Film Productions.

In 1994 Armenian Film Projects scenario program supported by the Canadian government was implemented which in 1995 was awarded the prize of the Dutch Ministry of Culture.

In 1995 the Film Producers' Association of Armenia was established and under its auspices, the Sergey Parajanov Memorial Award Golden Pomegranate.

To-date, five full-length feature and ten shorts films have been made based on their scenarios which participated in numerous film festivals in Berlinale, Locarno, Busan, Montreal, Rotterdam, Sydney, Edinburgh, Goteborg, Moscow, Taormina, Riga, Trieste, Barcelona, Odence, etc. During the course of the competitions, the films received several awards, prizes and favorable reviews. They also authored many other scenarios.