The 19th Yerevan "Golden Apricot" International Film Festival has kicked off

18 July 2022

The 19th Yerevan "Golden Apricot" International Film Festival has kicked off. On July 17, the closing ceremony of the festival was held at the Aram Khachatryan concert hall. During the closing ceremony, the jury announced the award winners.

International Full-Length Competition

Golden Apricot- Return to Dust, Li Ruijun,

Silver Apricot-Aurora's Sunrise, Inna Sahakyan

Special Mention- Unrest, Cyril Schäublin


Regional Panorama

Golden Apricot-Sonne, Kurdwin Ayub

Silver Apricot- The Apple Day, Mahmoud Ghaffari

Special Mention- Rojek,  Zayne Akyol


FIPRESCI Prize- The Apple Day, dir. Mahmoud Ghaffari


Apricot Stone


Golden Apricot- Subtotals, Mohammadreza Farzad 

Silver Apricot- The Dead Will Understand, Ana Jegnaradze, Marita Tevzadze

Special Mention- Night, ,dir. Ahmad Saleh

Best Armenian Short- Korean Delicacy, Hambardzum Hambardzumyan



Irish screenwriter, director Terry George will be president of the Golden Apricot 19th Yerevan IFF International Feature Film competition jury.

He was nominated for two Oscars: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (1993; In the Name of the Father), and Best Writing, Original Screenplay (2004; Hotel Rwanda). In 2012, he received an Academy Award in the live action short film category for The Shore.

The award ceremony was followed by the screening of the film Invisible Republic by Garin Hovannisian. When war besieges the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh (Karabakh), writer and photographer Lika takes cover in a bunker — and begins to write. Little does she know that her diary will become the definitive and multifaceted chronicle of the 44-day war for Artsakh.

The 19th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival took place on July 10-17 this year. As always, this year, the International Film Festival presented to the public films from different countries of the world in the competition sections, as well as films from the most prestigious film festivals.

Yerevan Municipality was the main sponsor of this year's festival. The festival was held with the support of RA Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports.