The Ministry of Culture launches a competition for filmmakers

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December 3, 2021 6:15 p.m. (UTC + 04:00)

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By Laman Ismayilova

The Ministry of Culture has announced a competition to support feature films in 2022.

The competition supports creators working in the field of national cinema, independent production centers and companies. The competition promotes local cinematography.

The Ministry of Culture accepts films that are no less than 52 minutes long.

The competition takes place on a free subject and provides support at all stages of the project – script development, preparation and filming, as well as the post-production and distribution stages.

The general support fund for the competition is 300,000 AZN.

Azerbaijani cinema has become an internationally recognized modern art, enjoying great popularity and recognition in international film festivals, which frequently award domestic films.

In recent years, more than 300 films and 1,200 documentaries, as well as hundreds of cartoons have been made.

Shortly after the Lumière brothers of France invented cinematography, a device for making films in 1895, Russian photographer and cameraman Alexander Michon began shooting films that depicted everyday life in Baku.

The first silent short of Azerbaijani cinematography “You are caught” was shown in Baku on August 2, 1898. Audiences witnessed a historic event – the birth of Azerbaijani cinematography.

To honor this historic day, the national leader Heydar Aliyev signed on December 18, 2000 an ordinance declaring August 2 the professional holiday of cinema workers – Azerbaijani Cinema Day.

At present, it is planned to carry out systemic reforms to develop and modernize the cinematographic art in Azerbaijan.

The Ministry of Culture set up the Azerbaijan Filming Commission in June.

The National Filming Commission focuses on promoting the Azerbaijani film industry at the international level.

Azerbaijan can become a new filming location for foreign filmmakers thanks to the country’s historical and cultural monuments and beautiful landscapes. Thus, filming in Azerbaijan can also contribute to the country’s economy and tourism industry.

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