April 18, 2014 Zis Center of Culture organised the Sose Film festival with the headline “Content is woman”. The festival included films the main topic of which was the woman.

The film festival carries the name of one of the most vivid individuals in Armenian history – Sose Mayrig. An Armenian woman who lived her life heroically as a mother, a woman, and a person dedicated to her nation.

Seeing the interest and the positive reactions of artists toward the festival, hearing the opinions and suggestions of professionals and the society, in 2015 Zis Center of Culture decided to extend the geography of the festival, and announce it as Sose International Film Festival. The organisation of international events and the sharing of experience, cultural dialogue and the opportunity to cooperate are essential for our region.

Starting 2017, Sose International Film Festival is extending and changing its format:

All the events planned in the frame of the film festival will take place throughout the whole year: the film festival will be finalised with an award ceremony.
The film festival is coming out of thematic limitations: all the films can take part in the main competition program.
Staying loyal to its traditions, the festival is going to continue speaking about women in the language of culture through “Content is woman” thematic competition program. It is also going to continue supporting students in the frame of “Student” competition program.

Awards & Prizes

Competition Programs and Nominations
Main competition program

Feature, short and documentary films without thematic limitations.

Feature films competition (Sose statuette)
Best screenplay
Best cameraman
Best sound design
Best actress
Best actor
Best director
Best film

Short films competition (Sose statuette)
Best cameraman
Best sound design
Best director

Documentary films competition (Sose statuette)
Best cameraman
Best sound design
Best director

“Content is the woman” short feature films competition
Short feature films, the main topic of which is the woman.

Best interpretation (Sose Mayrig Award)

“Student” competition program
Only students can participate with their student works.

Best feature student work – certificate
Best documentary student work – certificate

As an encouragement prize, the director that lives in Armenia and wins in the Best student work nomination will be granted his/her 1-year tuition by the film festival, and the student director studying abroad will be given a certificate.

Rules & Terms

Terms & Conditions
Only films released after January 1, 2016 are accepted
Without subtitles, if the film’s original language is English
With English subtitles, if the film is in another language
Attach the film’s dialogue in English to the presented film’s application
Send trailer, poster, screenshots of the film and materials for the catalogue/director’s photo and biography, crew info /
The directorate of the film festival encourages international film premieres in Sose International Film Festival’s competition and non-competition programs.

Preliminary Selection of the films
The preliminary selection of the films is done by the special committee composed of international cinematography professionals who are selected by the film festival’s directorate. The preliminary selection is done according to the festival’s regulations and professional standards.
After passing the preliminary selection, the film is subject to public screening in the area of the Republic of Armenia in the frame of Sose International Film Festival.
The directorate of Sose International Film Festival has the right to cancel the film application if the deadlines and participation terms mentioned in the regulations are violated.
All rights to the film belong to the film producer.

The films winning in the competition program nominations are determined by the international jury, the members of which are selected by the festival’s directorate. The film festival is obligated to also involve producers in the jury cast.

International jury for feature films
International jury for short films
International jury for documentary films

Films are accepted from February 14, 2017 until May 31, 2017
Preliminary selection results: July 7, 2017
Film screenings will be held from August 14, 2017 to October 2, 2017
Award ceremony: October 14

6 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Alina Hleap

    We are so happy! We won best director and best cameraman!

    thank you Sose International Film Festival

    October 2017
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    Lee Chambers

    Thanks for selecting my film and allowing me to Q&A via Skype. It would have been amazing to have been there in person. Communication with the festival was excellent and they put on a great show. I hope to attend in the future!

    October 2017
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    NewBorn Short Film Agency

    Sose International Film Festival is a wonderful festival with good quality of films. We had the pleasure to be part of their program many times.

    May 2017
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    Barbara S. Mueller

    We weren't able to attend the festival, but the communication was very well!

    March 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Dear Mueller

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    MIguel angel Barroso

    It has been an honor to have been selected in a Festival dedicated to truly artistic cinema, which defends the independent filmmaker, and films with social commitment! Thanks and much success !!!

    February 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Dear Miguel.