Jury Members 2018

Jury Members 2018

Slava Stepanyan

Actor, director, teacher, scriptwriter. Sergei Parajanov’s learner.

In 1983 he graduated from Yerevan State Institute of Fine Arts and Theater.

In 1998 he graduated from Yerevan State Institute of Theater and Cinematography, faculty of directing.

In 1983, at the invitation of the Georgian Ministry of Culture, with a group of graduates of the institute he left for Tbilisi to support  P.  Adamyan Armenian State Dramatic Theater, where there was a need for young cadres.

In 1997 he became laureate of UTF award and was awarded the “Best Director’s Work” award by the Georgian Ministry of Culture for  “Passions by Artashes”.

In 1998, for the first time in the Caucasus, by the order of the “Alliance Francaise” International Organization, he organized the performance of Francisco Pulensky’s “Human Voice” opera.

In 1999, at the invitation of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Armenia, he organized “Pilgrimage to St. Karapet ” theatrical performance in Spendiaryan Academic Opera and Ballet Theater.

In 2002 he founded the “Moscow Armenian Theater  and the “I” theater studio after Lazarev.

He has been featured in “Hayfilm”, “Mosfilm”, “Belarusfilm” and “Vratzfilm” studios and shot in more than 30 films, including “Color of Pomegranate”, “Where Are You, Man of God?”, “Ashik-Kerib”, ” Juna ” and more.


Hrant Vardanyan

Hrant Vardanyan was born in 1962, Yerevan.

He graduated from Yerevan state university of physical education, studied  to specialize in water ball game. Since his younger years he has always been creative. As a teenager, he tried himself in painting and writing, then he also went in for silverware classes, even designed his own examples. From his teenage years on, he has had the wish to produce motion films. The dream became even stronger, when his father bought him his first camera with objectives. Eventually, hard work and determination made him a film director.

In 1995 he produced his first short film “Silence”: Many of his advertisements and music clips have been awarded.

In 2011 Hrant Vardanyan founded Arevfilm studio, where he now works as a film director and producer.

He collaborated with a Russian playwright Vadim Levanov to bring a feature film “1+1=1” into fruition.

Hrant Vardanyan’s  filmography follows as:

1995-short film “Silence”

2000-short film ” Our sweet childhood”

2004-documentary film “Malkhas”

2007-documentary film “The best cook”. It has received an award in the ” Best shorth film” nomination at Hayak national film festival.


Julia Campanelli

Julia Campanelli is an award-winning American filmmaker and actress of film and theatre. She is the founder of Shelter Film, a New York-based independent film company dedicated to creating films by and about women and minorities.

Shelter Film’s inaugural project, ‘’116’’, a film Julia wrote, produced, directed, and stars in, with a female-majority, intersectional crew, has screened in over 45 festivals worldwide and won 19 awards:

Winner – Best Female Filmmaker – Direct Short Online Film Festival 2018 Winner – Best Comedy – Global Film Festival Awards Los Angeles 2018 Winner – Best Female Director – Sicily International Film Awards 2018 Winner – Best Producer – Oniros Film Awards 2018

Winner – Best Short Film – Worldwide Women’s International Film Festival 2018 Winner – Best Women Short – Honorable Mention – Independent Shorts awards 2018 Winner – Best Short Film – Mykonos Film Festival 2017

Winner – Best Short Film – NYC Indie Film Awards 2017 Winner – Best Director – NYC Indie Film Awards 2017

Winner – Best Female Director – European Cinematography Awards 2017 Winner – Best Actress – NYC Indie Film Awards 2017 Winner – Best Actress – Symi International Film Festival 2017

Winner – Best Actress – American Filmatic Arts Awards 2017

Winner – Best Film Idea – Mediterranean Film Festival 2017 Winner – Spotlight Award for Excellence – Elevation Film Awards 2017 Winner – Award for Distinction – Canada Shorts International Film Festival 2017 Winner – Best Lighting – Creation International Film Festival 2017

Winner – Best Color Treatment – Creation International Film Festival 2017 Winner – Best Visual Effects – Worldwide Women’s International Film Festival 2018

Julia currently has a feature script in development, THE PAISLEY WITCH TRIAL, about the last mass execution in Western Europe in 1697, and it has won the following awards:

Winner – Bronze Award – Best Feature Script – Queen Palm International Film Festival 2018 Winner – Bronze award – Best Dialogue – Feature Script – Queen Palm International Film Festival 2018

Julia is also Artistic Director of Shelter Theatre Group NYC, a company dedicated to equality on stage, through gender-blind, stage-blind, and color-blind casting. She has produced and directed 13 productions in NYC, including the critically acclaimed Macbeth on LES in 2014.

As an actress, film and TV appearances include starring in NBCUniversal’s Dementia 13, Shelter Film’s 116, Ryan Lonergan’s Kill the Monsters (Raindance 2018), Pamanhikan (Vale Film Festival winner); L’Accordatore (Las Vegas Film Festival winner); Pink Moon (Big Apple Film Festival winner); A Day with Conrad Greene; One Life To Live (ABC); Tattinger’s, and The Equalizer, to name a select few.

Julia has appeared Off Broadway as Hecate in the OBIE, Drama League, and Drama Desk Award-winning hit show Sleep No More produced by Punchdrunk; Villainous Company; and Lucille Lortel Award-winning Queen’s Company’s The Wonder; as well as with Theatre Askew, Red Bull Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Folger Shakespeare, Washington, DC.