The Jubilee “Rolan” Festival...

The Jubilee “Rolan” Festival... 

Each man or woman In his/her childhood is open for eternal questions – love, friendship, purpose of life, secret of death, moral values etc. The childhood, perhaps, contains the most important secrecy of life...” 

Rolan Bykov


The Yerevan’s “International FilmFestival for Children and Young people”, will proudly be named “Rolan”, named in honor of the great Soviet actor and film director, who did much for development of the cinema art peg at children and adolescents.

The festival took place from November 8-12, was held by the Armenian “Rolan Bykov foundation”, with support of the President of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Culture of the RA.

This time the jubilee 10-th Movie Festivalwas kicked off simultaneously in 4 Armenian cities – Yerevan, Gyumri, Alaverdi and Gavar.

The official opening ceremony of the Festival took place in the Cinema “Moscow” in the capital city of Yerevan. The Yerevan for the 5-days-period became a stage for festival movies. It took place as in the mentioned cinema “Moscow”, as well as in the “House of Moscow”. The phase, whichinvolves regions of Armenia, will continue until December 20. Best movies and cartoons yet to be screened in other Armenian towns – Vanadzor, Dilijan, Ararat and Eghegnadzor even after Festival’s official closing ceremony.

This year 145 films from 38 countries were shown in the framework of the Festival. There is also number of press conferences, film shows, master classes, round tables, exhibitions, as well as number of social and educational programs planned to take place in the period of the Festival and afterwards.

In conjunction with the jubilee festival the age of the Jury members has been adjusted to the public. It isrepresented exclusively by children andadolescents, particularly, young representatives from:

-          Alaverdi, Vanadzor, Shnokh and Teghut – in“Snuff movie” nomination,

-          Gavar’sorphanage – in“Viewer’s favorite movie” nomination,

-          Attendees of the TUMO center for Creative technologies –“Animation movie” nomination,

-          Students of the Russian-Armenian (Slavic) University – “I have a right” nomination,

-          Soldiers of the regular Army units located in Goris, Sisian, Idjevan, Nubarashen and Vardenis – “Pativ unem” (mil. I have honor) nomination. 

The idea of the last nomination was suggested at the 9-th Festival and came true in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia. Its message to up bring the regular Army soldiers ideologically and to raise their patriotic spirit through the movie art. Best movies with the patriotic content to be screened in their military units.

Given the development of information technologies and the growing number of their young users, the organizers of the Festival decided to issue a CD, containing the catalog of the Festival movies and to send it to 54 countries worldwide.