About us

Armenian Film Festival Sydney

The Armenian Film Festival Sydney showcases the best of Armenian films and is the only platform of its kind in Australia.

Armenians have a long history of filmmaking, with iconic filmmakers such as Sergei Parajanov and Rouben Mamoulian taking centre stage in the last century. Contemporary filmmakers now provide a wide choice for film lovers.  

The Armenian Film Festival Sydney was established in 2016, and now in its second edition has grown to over 13 films, including feature films, documentaries, animations and short films, in a broad range of genre.

The Festival is run by the Film Festival Committee, made up of a talented mix of volunteers, working under Hamazkaine Armenian Educational and Cultural Society (Shant Chapter) and with the support of the Australian-Armenian community.

The purpose of the Festival is to showcase the rich Armenian culture, resilience, history, and language through the medium of film, providing a platform for the talent, creativity and storytelling of Armenian and non-Armenian filmmakers from the international film industry. All films showcased at the Festival are hand-picked by the Committee members for this purpose.

In doing so, the festival aims to entertain and inspire our audiences, challenge perspectives and open dialogue about the many issues facing Armenians today.


Our Team

The two founders of the Armenian Film Festival Sydney, Hamazkaine members, Margaret Tcherkezian Chater and Hourie Demirjian established the festival in 2016 driven by a desire to share Armenian-inspired films with the wider Armenian and Australian community.

In 2017, the festival team includes:  

Margaret Tcherkezian Chater
Festival Director

Hourie Demirjian
Co-Director

Elena Vartazarian
Events

Jacqueline Chelebian
Marketing

Arin Der Vartanian
Creative
AFF Sydney site was designed by Arin’s company, ADV Consulting

Aren Gaspar
Films

Alan Sarkissian
Digital – from Storyfirst Films & UpwardlyMobile.Marketing