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Armenian-American Filmmaker’s Project to Screen at Ankara Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, (NAMC) – MarkopoloFilms announced today that Raffy Ardhaldjian’s short film, “Wedding Gift,” will be featured at the 2005 International Ankara Film Festival with screenings scheduled for March 4, March 6 and March 12 in Ankara, Turkey.

Starring Oscar Torres, Kelly Galindo, Shaunt Benjamin, Chidem Alie, Emilio Roso and Jordann Kimley, “Wedding Gift” depicts a suicidal divorcee’s journey over the course of an evening. While holding a gun to his head, Joe receives a call from a friend – his ex is at a bar. Taking the lead, Joe becomes entanglement in a bizarre life and death situation with a hooker, her thugs and a mobster. The events of the night provide Joe with the unusual chance of redeeming himself of sins that destroyed his marriage – greed, violence and sex.

“Wedding Gift” has screened at numerous international film festivals including the Palmeres Film Festival in Paris, Arpa International Film Festival in Hollywood and the New York International Film and Video Festival.

Shot on Mini DV in 2004, the short was written and directed by Ardhaldjian and presented as his thesis project at USC. He currently has two feature projects in development with MarkopoloFilms.

Zoran Popovic, cinematographer and editor, has been the director of photography on numerous music videos, commercials and feature films. He has worked with such directors as Gary Oldman (“Joe Black” ) Illeana Douglas (“Supermarket” ) and Michael Stevens (“Sin” ).

MarkopoloFilms is an independent film production company based in Hollywood, California. Upcoming projects include “Three Angelinos” – tales of three fathers – and “Thirst ” – the horrific adventure of four college friends in the desert.

For information on the International Ankara Film Festival visit www.filmfestankara.org.tr.

For information about Markopolofilms call 818.291.6490 or visit www.markopolofilms.com.

For all press and media inquiries, contact Teni Melidonian at 626.644.7247

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