Director Alexander Payne

Director Alexander Payne Named Head of Golden Apricot Film Festival Jury


YEREVAN — The Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival has unveiled the jury for this year’s International Full-length Competition.

The jury president is two-time Academy Award winner Alexander Payne. He has directed 8 feature films, which have been nominated for a total of 24 Oscars, including 4 for Best Picture and 3 for Best Director. His most recent film, “The Holdovers,” received five Academy Award nominations; Da’Vina Joy Randolph, nominated for best supporting actress, won.

The jury members include Peter Scarlet, Alexandria Bombach, Krikor Beledian and Jaime Martin Noguera.

Scarlet is an American film critic, who was a longtime Director General of Europe’s most famous film archive – the French Cinematheque, the Executive Director of the Tribeca IFF and the Artistic Director of San Francisco IFF.

Bombach is an award-winning cinematographer, editor and director, known for her documentaries depicting lives and destinies in conflict-ridden parts of the world.

Beledian is widely regarded as the most important figure of contemporary Western Armenian literature and has authored more than 30 volumes of works, published all around the world.

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Noguera is a cultural manager, who was the director of the Benalmádena International Short Film and Alternative Cinema Festival from 1998 to 2011 and the creator of the Marbella Film Festival.

The 21st Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival will take place on July 7-14.


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