was a year-round project aimed to develop the local film industry via trainings, workshops, pitchings, and film showcases. CineThink Trainings was a collaboration between GAIFF and the “Think” training program. Designed as a ten-session course, the workshop hosted ten first or second-time directors and screenwriters working on feature-length film projects. The workshop aimed to help these filmmakers hone their public speaking skills and refine their ability to present ideas and projects. At the end of the workshop, participants were given a chance to use their gained experience and knowledge to pitch their film projects to local investors and financiers.
CineThink also contained various trainings held by international and local film professionals relating to project development, packaging, and the application process. Through these trainings, filmmakers gained essential skills necessary to present their projects in Armenia and abroad. Following these trainings, trainees had the opportunity to pitch film projects to international investors, distributors, festival programmers, etc. prior to or during GAIFF.
In addition to providing trainings for up-and-coming filmmakers, CineThink aims to promote contemporary Armenian cinema and provide film literacy in regions of the country. Within the frames of the project, independent films will be taken to various regions accompanied by master classes and discussions by film representatives.