Nurlan Hasanli is a screenwriter and director based in Baku, Azerbaijan. Sarajevo Talents 2022 alumnus whose main focus is comedy, black comedy and absurd genres. He became interested in cinema while studying politics in Baku, worked in a hotel while learning cinema in Istanbul, and when he had unrequited love in Budapest, he decided to become a writer. After returning to his home country, he initially wrote TV series for some time but eventually decided to quit his job to focus solely on writing movies. However, he found himself compelled to write in different fields and became a hack writer. He has penned numerous screenplays, some of which have been turned into films, while others remain unfinished or in development. Despite the challenges, Hasanli fell in love with his work and realized that he had the skills to excel in it. He began making his own films. Additionally, he founded a humorous magazine and, not to be overlooked, co-founded a YouTube channel where he presents programs covering a wide range of art-related topics.
Bars Media Documentary Film Studio was established by Vardan Hovhannisyan, a frontline-filmmaker who began his career as a stringer covering flash points across the collapsing Soviet empire. Bars Media is one of Armenia’s first independent production companies, specialized at creating documentaries focused on human stories, culture, history, conflict, and pressing social trends overlooked by the headlines.
Bars Media’s documentaries have broadcasted on BBC-Storyville (UK), Arte (France-Germany), WDR (Germany), PBS (US), NHK (Japan), YLE (Finland), NPO (Netherlands) among other international channels. Located in Armenia, the studio is uniquely positioned at the geographic and cultural crossroads of Europe and Asia, between East and West, giving it the ability to access and tell a wide range of stories from the Caucasus region and beyond.