selected films written/directed by Irina Patkanian

Little Fiel (2017)
Short documentary with stop motion animation 15 min.

Mozambican Artist Fiel dos Santos grew up during the 16-year-long civil war. The only one of his family to never have shot a gun, today he makes art out of guns to commemorate the lives lost.

Premiered at DOC NYC in November 2017 and has since played at more than 70 festivals, incl. Ann Arbor, Palm Springs, Black Maria, Hot Springs DFF, and many others.

Grand Jury Prize Best Short - Boulder International Film Festival, CO
Best Documentary - International Short Film Festival Beveren, Belgium
Best Animated Documentary – DOC LA, CA
Best Short Film - BlackStar International Film Festival Accra, Ghana
Best Short Documentary - Charlotte Film Festival
Human Rights Award – Amazing Shorts Film Festival, Madrid, Spain
Best Screenplay - The African Film Festival, Dallas, TX
Best Short Documentary - Santorini Film Festival, Greece
Best Short Documentary - Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest, Romania
Best Original Score - Oregon Documentary Film Festival, Portland, OR
Director’s Choice Award - Black Maria Film Festival, Hoboken, NJ
Best International Film Award - DC Independent Film Festival, Washington, DC
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Socrates of Kamchatka (2017)
Documentary feature
54 min.
Socrates of Kamchatka blends documentary and fiction to tell a story about the regime change and its effect on a small community in the Far East of Russia. It follows Anfisa and her childhood horse for the past 30 years until 2012, when Anfisa becomes a very successful entrepreneur and Socrates is murdered by her neighbors put of envy and spite. Socrates’ voiceover is written in the tradition of “skaz” – a Russian subliterary idiom, mixture of naïve existentialism and absurdism, folk lyricism, opinion and fact. Narrated by Sergey Dreyden (lead actor of Sokurov’s “Russian Arc”).

Premiered at 2017 Ann Arbor Film Festival

2013 Honorable mention, at 62nd UFVA Annual Conference
2010 Jerome Foundation grant (Individual Artists/Film)
2010 Blaustein Foundation grant
“Below Zero” pitch forum, Tromso, Norway

Read review by Nicco Pandolfi here
Children in Gold (2016)
three documentary poems. 10.30' min.
On average 4,200 people crossed every day in 2015. After disembarking, children calmed down remarkably fast. They got wrapped up into silver and gold thermal blankets and we all watched how the golden foil, morphed into regal finery and turned these children of foreign lands into precious gifts to us all – wonderful, fabulous, undeserved, carrying the mystery to the future.

2018 Pomegranate Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
2018 XXV Visible Evidence International Documentary Conference
2018 Fargo Film Festival
2017 Global Impact Film Festival, Washington DC
2017 SR Socially Relevant Film Festival, NYC
2017 Impact Docs Film Festival (Award of Recognition)
2017 Docuwest Film Festival, Denver, CO
2017 Peace on Earth Film Festival, Chicago, IL (Best Short Documentary)
2016 Social Justice Film Festival in Seattle, WA
2016 Iowa Public Television
2016 “Iphigenia at Lesvos” a text/film essay is published by TCG
Armed Defense (2013)
Short fiction narrative 9 min.
Adapted the script from a short story “Guns” by a Russian writer Dmitry Bakin. With Trevor Long (Ozark).
A man comes to his home in Connecticut, burns all his personal items and sets up machine guns and barbed wire around the house. He is preparing to stand his ground and defend himself and his home against an immanent attack of a powerful but invisible enemy.

2013 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival Cambridge, MA
2013 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival Brooklyn, NY
2013 Big Apple Film Festival, New York, NY
2013 S.N.O.B. Film Festival, Concord MA
67th UFVA Orange, CA “Best Fiction Short”
32nd Starz Denver Film Festival, Denver, CO
Connecticut International Film Festival, CT
M.A.L.I. Women’s Film & Arts Festival, Austin, TX
Athens International Film Festival, OH
Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL
NYSCA grant (Individual Artists/Film)
Second Egyptian (2007)
Short fiction narrative
adapted from a story by Marina Palei
17 min.

A Russian woman and an Egyptian man meet in NYC. She has no green card and hasn't eaten for days. He has a green card and invites her to his home, where he cooks her a dinner and tells her he is a virgin.

2008 Arts On the Lake, Screening & Discussion, Kent, NY
UFVA Conference, Colorado Springs, CO (award finalist)
New filmmakers Series at Anthology Film Archive, NY
Women's International Film Festival, South Florida
Arpa International Film Festival in LA, CA
San Diego Women Film Festival (Best Narrative Award)
My American Neighbor (2007)
documentary essay
30 min.
A look at America and the American Dream (and especially inalienable right to pursue happiness) from a distance. U.S. citizens who live abroad reflect on the importance of distance in one’s understanding of homeland.

2008 Peace on Earth FF, Chicago, IL (Best Short Documentary Award)
2008 UFVA Conference, Colorado Springs
2008 Golden Apricot, International FF, Yerevan, Armenia
2008 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. PA
2008 BridgeFest, Vancouver, Belgrade, Trebinje
2008 Seattle True Independent Film Festival, WA
2008 Connecticut Film Festival, Danbury, CT
2008 Indianapolis International Film Festival, IN
2008 Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL
2008 San Francisco Indie Film Festival, CA
2007 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, AR
2007 S.U.R.G.E. Film Festival, Portland, OR
2007 Big Damn Film Festival, Chicago, IL
2007 Independent Television Festival in LA, CA

link to video on Films for the Humanities and Sciences web site
Armenian Lullaby (2005)
Video Poem
5 min.
2007 Golden Lion Film Festival, South Africa
2007 UNAFF Traveling Film Festival Waukesha, WI
2007 UNAFF Traveling Film Festival Berkeley, CA
2007 7 Islands International Film Festival, Mumbay, India
2006 UNAFF Traveling Film Festival New York, NY
2006 Globians Doc. Film Fest, Potsdam, Germany
2006 Silver Lake Short Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Amnesty Int. Film Festival, St. John’s, Canada
2006 Armenian Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
2006 Global Voices Documentary Film Fest., Boston, MA
2005 Human Rights Film Festival, Monterey, CA
2005 United Nations Assoc. FF Stanford University, CA
2006 International Museum of Women, CA; (Best of Middle East)

Review in Armenian Reporter
All Mine Carry With (2000)
Documentary Essay
18 min.

A collage of vignettes of Super8 film shot in Russia in the 70s and video recordings of rehearsals of Chekhov's “Seagull” in 1999 in New York City, directed by Slava Stepnov.

2006 Two Boots Theater NY and on U.S. tour currently
2006 Part of a series “Eye Am” at MNN
1999 Tenement Museum screening and discussion