The low-budget projects include the family drama Before And After by Moldovan director Violeta Gorgos, which was previously pitched at the B2B co-production market in Belgrade in March, feature debuts by Turkish directors Seyfettin Tokmak and Arin Inan Arslan, and Armenian writer-director Diana Kardumyan (Pas De Trois) as well as Ukrainian documentary film-maker Dmitro Konovalov's Transformation about how a former racketeer and an obese young man change their lives after meeting in a sports gym.
The lineup of 12 competition projects are:
Darmangaran by Reza Majlesi, prod co: Rush Film (Iran)
Pas de Trois by Diana Kardumyan (Armenia)
Transformation by Dmitro Konovalov, prod co MaGika Film Company (Ukraine)
I Am Going To Change My Name by Maria Saakyan, prod cos: Vonvon, Magnum (Armenia)
Broken Mussels by Seyfettin Tokmak, prod co: Ustaoglu Film (Turkey)
Shepherd's Song by Vahram Mkhitaryan, prod co: Art Sight Video Studio (Armenia)
Restaurant 'Bakhmaro' and Those Who Work There by Salome Jashi, prod co: Sakdoc Film (Georgia)
Alpine Violet by David Matevossian, prod co: Hrant Matevossian Fund (Armenia) October Fear by Arin Inan Arslan, Turkey
Washington by Andro Sakvarelidze, Giga Chkheidze, Georgia
Before and After by Violeta Gorgos, prod co: OWH, Moldova
Moskvich, My Love by Aram Shahbazyan, Armenia
In addition, the organisers have selected two Armenian documentary projects 'out of competition' for presentation: Mariam Ohanyan's Narine about the problems faced by an 18-year-old girl in today's Armenia, and Jivan Avetisyan's Unfinished Story about the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh.
The 12 competing projects will be presented to and voted upon by an international audience including Roberto Olla, Eurimages' newly appointed executive secretary, Bianca Taal and Janneke Langelaan of the Hubert Bals Fund, Sonja Heinen, project manager of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund, Miroslav Mogorovic, director of Belgrade's B2B market, and Camilla Larson, head of the selection committee for the Goteborg International Film Festival Fund.
According to the DAB's programme director Susanna Harutyunyan, the forum received 32 entries this year to be selected for the lineup competing for two monetary awards donated by Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund and the Armenian Ministry of Culture. In addition, a jury of the United Nations Development Programme Armenia and the local offices of the OSCE and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation will present a special 'Tolerance Wthout Borders' award to one of the five Armenian projects competing.