Masterclasses with visiting Golden Apricot artists at Manana


Last month, the Foundation sponsored a series of summer workshops at the Manana Youth Center, featurin diasporan Armenian filmmakers and animators who shared their work and their insights with Manana’s youth.

Vrej Kassouny, animator and founder-director of “ReAnimania” (Yerevan International Animation Film Festival) gave a master class for Manana’s animation studio. Allen Hughes, director, producer and screenwriter (“From Hell,” “The Book of Eli”) held a master class in film. Both workshops were well-received and included a question and answer session, giving the youth a chance to express themselves and get to know their role models.

The workshops coincided with the Golden Apricot Film Festival, which Kassouny and Hughes both attended.

Since 2003, Manana has been preparing creative young people to become leading journalists, photographers, designers, and filmmakers. The school aims to provide comprehensive education for children from 6 to
18 years old, educating them both in developing creative skills and in becoming responsible, independently thinking, socially active citizens. The center currently has 100 children attending regularly.
Manana is co-sponsored mainly by the Tufenkian Foundation and Paros Foundation.

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Vrej Kassouny and the students of Manana.jpg Allen Hughes and Manana's Gor Baghdasaryan.JPG
Vrej Kassouny and the students of Manana Allen Hughes and Manana’s Gor Baghdasaryan
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