The 2016 Pomegranate Film Festival’s closing film was the North American Premiere of HEAD OF STATE by Director Hrant Yeritskinyan. Initially from Armenia, Yerkinitsyan now spends half the year working in Toronto. He participated in a Q&A following his delightful comedy hosted by comedian and filmmaker Vahik Pirhamzei.
On Sunday evening following HEAD OF STATE, Jury Chair Silva Basmajian was joined by fellow jurors, documentary director Hagop Goudsouzian and actress Lara Arabian, to present the Festival’s Annual Jury Awards;
Best Short Film: THE DOCTOR directed by Anna Goroyan. Honourable Mention: HOW TO CROSS FROM JILIZ TO JILIZ directed by Marineh & Sona Kocharyan.
Souren Chekijian Memorial Award for Best Narrative Short Film: SYRIA MY LOVE directed by Hayk Matevosyan.
Dr. Michael J. Hagopian Award for Best Documentary Film: WOMEN OF 1915 directed by Bared Maronian. Honourable Mention: ONE, TWO THREE… directed by Arman Yeritsyan.
Best Feature Film: GOOD MORNING directed by Anna Arevshatyan. Honourable Mentions: EARTHQUAKE directed by Sarik Andreasyan and LOST BIRDS directed by Ela Alyamec & Aren Pederci.
WOMEN OF 1915 also captured the Festival’s Audience Choice Award, followed by LOST BIRDS and EARTHQUAKE.
The Golden POM Award, the Festival’s highest honour, was awarded to both Jury President Silva Basmajian and director Bared Maronian.