Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival Accepting Entries

Harutyun Khachatryan
GAIFF President

The Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival (GAIFF) is now accepting entries for films representing diverse ethnic groups, religions, and nations that depict the human experience.

GAIFF is aimed at showing the everyday lives of ordinary and extraordinary people alike, along with their troubles and joys, illustrating their journey as they try to find meaning and struggle to redefine themselves in a world that recognizes fewer and fewer boundaries and is always changing.

The Festival with the theme: “Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations”, is presented in two international competition sections: features and documentaries. The Golden Apricot (grand prize) and the Silver Apricot (special mention) are awarded in each category.

The Armenian Panorama is the pan-Armenian competitive section of the festival for films produced by filmmakers of Armenian descent.

GAIFF also has three sections outside of competition to showcase more outstanding films: Non-competitive, Retrospective and Tribute.

The Parajanov’s Thaler award will be given for outstanding artistic contribution into world cinema, while the Golden Apricot award will be given for “Best Feature Film” and “Best Short Film” respectively.

The Silver Apricot special prize will be given for “Feature Film” and “Short Film Film” respectively.

Entries submitted by post, email or any form other than online are not eligible for the Festival. Registration fee for the International Competition and Regional Panorama programmes costs 30 USD, while that of short film submission costs 10 USD.

Upon confirmation of the film to the competition or non-competition sections of the Festival, the applicant agrees to: Provide a trailer of the film online by a non-expiring link or HD resolution file; provide materials for localization (dialogue lists in English, spotting list, screener and poster artwork).

Materials must be delivered digitally to stating the local and English titles of the film in the email subject line. It does not accept deliveries on hard drives, USBs or any other physical carriers. Feature films are accepted in DCP formats.

The deadline for pre-selection submission is April 15, 2022. The Festival reserves the right to refuse later submissions.

Final selection is made by the Selection Committee, and its decision is not subject to appeal.

The final decision of the Selection Committee will be announced on May 31, 2021.

For more information on rules and terms as well as submission of entries, please visit