The 10th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival has taken centre stage in Armenia.
More than 200 films from 90 nations are on the schedule for the annual event.
Internationally acclaimed director Atom Egoyan is the Honorary Chairman of the Festival
Egoyan explained the attraction of the venue: “Armenia has always been at the crossroads and now in the festival world we are genuinely at a crossroads, where people from different countries can come who normally enjoy film but also enjoy our incredible hospitality. I know people who have come here year after year because they love being here. They love the spirit of the people. They love the spirit of what happens in Yerevan, it’s a unique event and I am really really really proud to be involved in it.”
Jury member Serge Avedian added: “Many filmmakers from all countries tell me that they love coming here because it’s a festival that’s not all about glitz and glamour – there is cinema and that’s what’s most important.
The guest of honour at the festival this year was the French-Armenian songwriter, actor and philanthropist Charles Aznavour.
A star was unveiled near the Cinema Moscow theatre ahead of the opening night ceremonies.
The inaugural film of the festival, ‘Shoot the Piano Player’, was screened at the National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet.
Films at the Golden Apricot compete in several categories including narrative cinema, documentaries and shorts.
Some of the most diverse voices in world cinema are taking part in the film festival, which runs until 14 July.