Festival board-2016

Aram Sukiasyan

Director, screenwriter

During the years 1993-98 he was studying at Yerevan State Theatrical Institute at the faculty of musical theatre. During 1998-2000 he worked as an actor and director in the Stepnakeret State Drama Theatre after V. Papazyan and during 2000-2002 as an actor and assistant director at "K. Abrahamyan and Theatre" foundation. During 2001-02 he was the project manager of cultural events at the church committee established for the celebration of 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as the official religion in Armenia.

He is the author and producer of a rock-opera film "Wandering". In 2001 and 2004 he won an award "Haykakan", in 2004 he received RA Prime Minister’s Certificate of Appreciation, in 2006 he received a medal, in 2010 he won an award at international television festival “Golden Prague”, in 2012 he received an award after general Madatov from the International Charity Fund of World Humanity and an award for the Best Screenplay at "Arpa" international film festival in Hollywood. In 2012 he was awarded with the title "Honorary Artist of the Republic of Armenia".

Bishop Vardan Navasardyan

His Grace Bishop Vardan Navasardya was born in 1979 in Yerevan, Armenia.
He entered the Gevorkian Theological Seminary of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadin in 1997 and graduated in 2002 upon successful defense of his thesis.
On February 27, 2003 was ordained as a celibate priest by His Eminence Archbishop Parkev Martirosyan, and given the priestly name of Vardan.
By the Pontifical Order of Catholicos of All Armenians Father Vardan was appointed to serve in the Armenian Diocese of Australia and New Zealand from 2005 to 2008 as Vicae General and spiritual pastor in the St. Resurrection Church in Sydney.
Father Vardan returned to Armenia in 2008, and by Pontifical Order of Catholicos of All Armenians was appointed to serve as Director of the Christian Education Center of the Mother See.
In 2009, was appointed to serve as the Armenian Coordinator of the Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy of Kolkata, West Bengal, India; and Dean of the Eurnekian Public School of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. In 2012 he was also appointed as the spiritual Dean of the Eurnekian Kindergarten in the village of Arevadasht, Armavir region.

Brickman Dmitry

Brickman Dmitri was born in the Soviet Union, in the city of Leningrad, on the Karl Marx avenue. Due to well-known historical events, all of these three names by turn but quite quickly vanished from the geographical maps. That’s why the answer to this simple question about his birthplace, turns, as a rule, into a small history lesson. He lives in Israel since 1991. He got into photography at a quite mature age when he saw the great Jerusalem and realized that he has to reformulate and perceive what he has seen. The photo camera became that very tool of perception. Afterwards the process went like a rolling snowball and the things that couldn’t be combined at the first sight were combined as if lowering to the bar of that strange reformulation – to see the seen. In this way a photo album called “Jerusalem not just a city” and his other works were issued.

Harutyun Balasanyan

Since 1984 he worked in N 3 pediatric hospital in Yerevan as a doctor-intern, and then worked as a pediatrician doctor in Darakert Dispensary of Masis Central Hospital.
From 1987 – 1993 he worked in Masis Central Hospital in the department of infection as an infectiologist pediatrician. He was the head of children’s department of Masis Central Hospital from 1993-2001. From 2003 till now he is the director of “Specialized Children’s Home of Kharberd” SNCO.
He received the following rewards: Movses Kharenatsi Order given by the president of RA and Paruyr Sevak Order given by the Governor of Ararat region of RA.




Fr. John Guaita

Clergyman of Russian Orthodox church, Italian historian

Was born on 26th November 1962 in Sardinia, Italy. He graduated from the Rome and Geneva universities, worked on probation in Russia -Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.
He came to Russia, yet USSR, for the first time in 1985 and got deeply involved in its culture and orthodox spirituality. He has written numerous translations of Russian spiritual literature. He is the originator of the extensive "Dictionary of orthodox hagiology".
He has been practically living in Russia since 1985. He taught at the Linguistic University and at Russian State humanitarian university.
As a historian he was particularly interested in Armenia. He has written three books about the history of Armenian Church and Armenian people: "Human life – the meet of Heaven and earth; "Conversations with Catholicos Karekin the II", "1700 years of faithfulness" and "Cry from Ararat".`

Hakob Abrahamyan

The president of the non-governmental organization. Armenian association for the disabled "Pyunik" . Armenia's National Paralympic Committee founding president of the NGO. Member of several committees and non-governmental organizations such as Armenian United Nations Association and YMCA Armenia. Member of the "National Commission dealing with the issues of people with disabilities", "The national youth policy attached to the Armenian prime minister", "Council dealing with the issues of the people with disabilities which is attached to the The President of the National Assembly".

Ashot Gevorgyan

Director, actor

Born in 1964 in Yerevan. In 1985 he graduated Yerevan State Fine Arts Academy.
By profession he is a director,he starred in about twenty dozen films and shoted dozen of documentaries.

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