Graduated from The Department of Linguistics and Intercultural communications of Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University Karen Avetisyan is a film critic, cultural journalist, columnist and radio host. The author of radio programs on arts and culture at radio Sputnik, film critic, a member of The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). Avetisyan is the Artistic Director of the Golden Apricot International Film Festival.
This year, more than 60 percent of submissions to the Golden Apricot Film Festival (GAIFF) feature women directors, while the global average of female directors is a dismal 7 percent. GAIFF has organically found itself in a situation many European film festivals and international organizations dream of being in, writes Karen Avetisyan.