A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed today between the RA Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports and the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia. The document was signed by ESCS Minister Zhanna Andreasyan and Chairman of the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia Harutyun Khachatryan.
ESCS Deputy Minister Daniel Danielyan, members of the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia, and film industry representatives attended the signing of the Memorandum.
Minister Zhanna Andreasyan referred to this year's anniversary programs commemorating the 100th anniversary of Armenian cinema and important events in the field. According to her, it demonstrates the efforts of film industry enthusiasts to foster the growth of Armenian cinema and animation, making them integral parts of social life.
“The film is a reflection of the ups and downs of our history. Recalling various episodes, the film serves as an imaginative way to convey our emotions and share our personal stories with each other. I place significant value on the objectives that form the basis of the Memorandum of Cooperation. They aim to present our film heritage, expand the possibilities of showing Armenian films, and encourage young people making their first steps in this direction. In this context, we have achieved remarkable success. Recently, Shoghakat Vardanyan's film “1489” received an award at the renowned documentary film festival,” noted the Minister, emphasizing that the Memorandum provides an opportunity for increased participation in global film markets and various venues, without which the development of cinema is impossible.
Zhanna Andreasyan emphasized the significance of the Memorandum being signed during the 100th anniversary of Armenian cinema and on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Sergei Parajanov, which holds symbolic importance: “The legacy passed down to us is our commitment in a positive sense and history, which I am confident we will continue to uphold with dignity and great responsibility, passing it on to future generations.”
Harutyun Khachatryan, Chairman of the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia, emphasized the significance of signing the Memorandum and highlighted the remaining work to be accomplished in this field. He praised the young people making their steps in this field, emphasizing that the current situation provides favourable conditions for their advancement and professional development.
ESCS Deputy Minister Daniel Danielyan urged young people to broaden their professional horizons, expand their creative abilities, and increase interaction with foreign colleagues to gain experience, return to Armenia, and contribute to the country.
Note that the objective of the Memorandum is to ensure close collaboration between the RA Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports and the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia in enhancing the cinema policy. The goal is to ensure the professional, expert, and advisory opinion of the film community, including film guilds, in the programs and legislative initiatives implemented by the Ministry. The Memorandum will also contribute to the support of the Ministry's educational and cultural strategic programs through film programs, the implementation of educational, cultural, creative and innovative programs, and projects through cinema.