Armenian Film Society’s Filmmaker-in-Residence program is an annual initiative designed to further support filmmakers in their creative process. We provide one emerging or established artist the opportunity to focus on developing new work. Filmmakers receive assistance from the Armenian Film Society to produce a creative work during the duration of the one-year program. The program concludes with a screening of their work.

Applications for the 2020 Filmmaker-in-Residence program will open in Fall 2019.


Hayk Matevosyan

Hayk is a filmmaker whose work spans across the narrative, music video, and art installation spaces. He is a graduate of UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television and has been mentored by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World, The Little Rascals) and Mardik Martin, whose screenplays have brought to life some of Martin Scorsese’s most iconic films (Mean Streets, Raging Bull).

Hayk participated in Sarajevo Talents, Torino Film Lab Extended, BFC directing workshop in Peru under legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog’s mentorship, and a directing residency with Bela Tarr organized by the Locarno Film Festival.

Hayk’s work has screened at over 40 film festivals around the world including Academy Award®-qualifying Atlanta Film Festival, Film Independent – LA Film Festival, SCAD Savannah Film Festival. He has directed more than dozen music videos for various artists including the official music video “Lives” for Grammy-Award winning Daron Malakian (System of a Down, Scars on Broadway) which has garnered over 4 million views so far. Hayk’s work has been featured on various magazines including Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, The Independent, Loudwire, Metal Hammer. Hayk’s latest project is an installation “Art in Motion” with the music composed by Grammy-Award winning Serj Tankian (System of A Down).

Hayk is currently developing the screenplay of his debut feature film.

Hayk is the inaugural artist for the Armenian Film Society’s Filmmaker-in-Residence program.