The deadline to submit is June 7, 2024, 23:59 AMT.

The upcoming edition of the GAIFF Pro Industry Platform

takes place July 8-12, 2024.

The objective of Short Cuts Nest is to boost the development of the short film sector in Armenia. Its aim is to enhance the influence of short films on the wider film industry and to foster the emergence of fresh cinema authors and artists.

5 Armenian short projects will be selected to participate at GAIFF Pro 2024 and compete for a special Prize. The main criteria for selection are the artistic quality of the project, the uniqueness of the content, the relevance of the subject matter, and its potential internationally. Priority will be given to projects of emerging filmmakers.

At the end of the Industry event, the selected participants will pitch their projects during the Pitching Session to a group of experts, producers, and festival executives. Pitching sessions are held in English. Depending on the pitch set-up, the teams have 7 – 10 minutes to present their project, including visual material, if applicable. The pitch is followed by a short Q&A with the moderator.

The winning project will be announced after the Pitching session, receiving an equipment deal for up to 6 days, amounting to up to 5MM AMD, sponsored by KINOKET PRODUCTIONS.

Eligibility Criteria & Regulations
  • All submitted materials must be in English or Armenian.
  • Up to two projects may be submitted per production company.
  • The project should be based on an original script (fiction or hybrid).
  • The completed film should not exceed 30 minutes.
  • If selected, you will be asked to provide a cover photo and finalised texts for publication. By providing these materials, you give GAIFF Pro permission to use them online and for promotional purposes.
  • GAIFF Pro requires the logo of GAIFF Pro to be included in the credits of the participating films once finalised.
  • The application can be submitted by the director or the producer of the project.

Required Documents for Short Cuts Nest

We urge you to have the following ready before you begin the online application process:

  • Project information: title, production country/ies, genre of film
  • Film credits: name and contact details for director, producer, and if applicable: writer, co-producer, financier, sales agent
  • Technical info: running time, colour/b&w, languages
  • Logline (max. 250 characters including spaces)
  • Synopsis (max. 1,800 characters including spaces)
  • Script
  • Director's Statement (max. 2,500 characters including spaces)
  • Team biographies and filmographies (with references to previous works such as Vimeo/YouTube links)
  • Producer’s Statement (max. 2,500 characters including spaces)
  • Production Company Profile
  • Total budget (in AMD) and secured financing
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