Golden Apricot International Film Festival formed in 2004 in Yerevan – the capital of the Republic of Armenia. It was established by the “Golden Apricot” Fund for Cinema Development, the Armenian Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Armenia and Benevolent Fund for Cultural Development. The Golden Apricot International Film Festival carries the theme Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations. It also reflects the history of Armenia itself, which for millennia has existed as a flash point for competing geopolitical forces. The festival welcomes films representing diverse ethnic groups, religions, and nations that depict the human experience, the daily lives of people, ordinary and extraordinary, their troubles and their joys.

The annual Golden Apricot Film festival features a multitude of films representing various nations, ethnicities, and religions, collectively depicting the full richness of the human experience. The films are presented in two international competition sections: features and documentaries. One Grand Prize Golden Apricot and one Special Mention are awarded in each category. The festival has a special pan-Armenian competitive section – Armenian Panorama. The opening of the festival is always marked with a traditional blessing of apricots, for which Armenia is famous.

For one week the film festival unites the film lovers and cinematographers throughout the world. The First Channel presents the Golden Apricot events both by means of diaries and series of exclusive interviews.