FRESCO: a New Formula of a Film Festival
Fresco is an international initiative that represents a thoroughly new format, distinct from the notions typical to the society. A festival that aims at the presentation of international spiritual works and cultural pieces combined with the organization of free and healthy social discussions concerning the issues raised by them.

Many festivals demonstrate films on global problems in the frameworks of their program. As a rule, after such films the audience needs to discuss and adopt what they have seen, however, the film remains the only source for an answer to the questions arisen. “FRESCO” film reviews come to fill in this gap.
FRESCO: an Informal Approach
"FRESCO" offers an informal approach to the participants of the film festival along all the stages of the festival starting from the film review up to the places the events are held, from the seat up to the prize.

The wonderful films, photo exhibitions, and shows brought to Armenia will go out from cinemas and literally “enter the streets”.
Round-the-clock open air demonstrations and film reviews “with no ticket” will literally become part of the Armenians’ everyday life 10 days on.

FRESCO Film-Program: Let’s Speak the Language of Humanism
The festival will contain both competitive and non-competitive programs. Fiction and documentary, full-length and short-length films and video materials of different formats, in which wars, violence, national, religious and any other types of discrimination, ecological disasters of human origin are denounced, and where peace, tolerance, humanism and global values are advocated.:

Cinema figures of world-wide fame and other guests corresponding to the subjects of the films shown, that is - church clerks, the intellectuals, musicians, psychologists, etc., will be invited to Armenia from different countries to participate in the festival.

About the Global problems in a Comprehensible/Simple Language
Not only the creators of the film strip will take part in the discussions following, but also church clerks, psychologists and specialists directly concerning the issues arisen in the film and people responsible for the field. Any conceptual and technical detail concerning the film review is to contribute to the active and unconstrained participation in the discussions. The specialists will be part of the film watchers, professional orations will be replaced by unconstrained communication and active discussions. The films and direct communication with their creators will enable to “notice” the claimed issues in our country, observe them in the context of other countries’ experience, and the discussion with the people specialized and responsible for the field will become one of the most effective ways of developing versions for the solution to those issues.

FRESCO is Open to Anyone
The festival also gives a special importance to the employment of special social groups and especially individuals with limited abilities. Due to the cooperation with the institutes specialized in the field individuals with a disablement will not only participate in all the measures of the festival, but also be actively involved in all the organizational works of "FRESCO".

The goals of the festival are:
- To promote the establishment of love, solidarity, and human values in the society with the help of spiritual and cultural dialogue,
- To spread international and religious tolerance,
- To create and promote the development of spiritual and moral films and to rise their social awareness as a social-cultural factor,
- To promote the communication among cultural representatives of different countries and the creation of mutually beneficial field for their collaboration.

Awards & Prizes

The awards will be given in the following categories:
Best message of "Faith"
Best message of "Hope"
Best message of "Love"
Best message of "Peace"
Best message of "Courage"
Best message of "Humanism"
Best message of "Patriotism"
Best message of "The Hero of Our Time"

All the participants will be given diplomas and souvenirs.
The selection committee can add an extra award category according to his discretion.

Rules & Terms

Name: "Fresco" International Spiritual-Moral Festival of Modern Art
Place and date: The festival will take place in Armenia, in July 2018.

The main goals of the festival:
- Promote the re-establishment of love, solidarity and human values in public with the help of moral and cultural dialogue
- Spread international and interreligious tolerance
- Make and develop spiritual-moral films and increase the public demand towards them as an important social-cultural factor
- Activate the contact between cultural representatives and create successful cooperation field, interchange professional experience

To effectively organize and carry out the mission, a directorate was established, which staff consists of the director, producer, spiritual adviser and the Board of trustees.
For the initial choice of the films and photos, an election committee is approved.

The program
The festival program includes sections of films and photo exhibitions. Within the festival concerts, regional camps, concerts, master classes, meetings, round tables and other events will be organized.

FILM PARTICIPATION RULES
The festival involves those types of films of the world (fiction, animation, short, debut and so on) which reject wars, ecological disasters, violence, discrimination and preach peace, tolerance, humanism, kindness, patriotism; cover the actual family problems, and are aimed at restoring family values, giving spiritual and moral education to the youth, and are about healthy lifestyle and positive world outlook
The section of films includes any kinds of films which were shot after January 2015

The presented films must not contain:
-Scenes and plots that offend religious feelings (of different religions)
-Scenes of cruelty and violence
-Scenes containing advertisement
-Plots promoting the use of drugs, cigarettes and alcohol
-Erotic scenes

Display version of the selected films must be presented till June 10, 2018.
The results of the pre selection of films will be available on May 30, 2018.
The organizers of the festival guarantee that the films will not be transferred to anyone in pursuit of profit. The directorate of the festival reserves the right to use scenes and photos from the films for advertising purposes.
"Fresco" festival is a non-profit project and all the exhibitions will be free to attend.

PARTICIPATION RULES FOR PHOTO EXHIBITION
Photos from around the world that reject wars, ecological disasters, violence, discrimination and preach peace, spiritual harmony, religious and national tolerance, humanism, kindness, patriotism as well as present cultural, spiritual and national values can be involved in the "Faith without borders" photo exhibition within "Fresco" festival.

-Every person can present 1-5 photos. -All the photos (and not all of them) of the person can be selected for the photo exhibition display. The registration form includes: title of the picture, the date of shooting and the location The pictures (color or black & white) must be: in JPEG, Adobe RGB format

-Every person can present 1-5 photos.
-All the photos (and not all of them) of the person can be selected for the photo exhibition display.
The registration form includes: title of the picture, the date of shooting and the location.
The pictures (color or black & white) must be: in JPEG format.

All the participants will be given diplomas and souvenirs. The awards will be given according to the audience's choice

Pre-selection of the photos is performed by pre-selection Committee.

To participate in the exhibition “Faith without borders” one must fill in the application form (see the application form on the www.fresco.am website in the section“For participants”).

The organizers of the festival guarantee that the photos will not be transferred to anyone in pursuit of profit.
The directorate of the festival reserves the right to use photos for advertising within 'Fresco" festival and its organized photo exhibition "Faith without borders".
"Fresco" festival is a non-profit project and the photo exhibition will be free to attend.

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    Pascal Gélinas

    Attending “FRESCO” Annual Festival of Modern Art and Spiritual Films was a unique expérience I will never forget. At the start, the communication with Anne Karapetian, Shahen Nazarenko and the team was excellent. Then in Armenia, I discovered much more then a well organized festival based on strong human values. I discovered a beautiful country, with volunteers warmly welcoming foreign filmmakers, screening their films not only in Yerevan, but also in unique patrimonial spots of the country. I now have Armenia tatooed on my heart. Long live Fresco, long live Armenia.

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Pascal Gelinas,
    Thank you very much for your kind words. It was really a great honor for us to host you at Fresco Festival. We already miss you.

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    Agathe Seau

    When I contacted them after receiving the filmfreeway notification of selection they told me there was still another selection run to be part of the festival and my film was not selected

    September 2016