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‘Bloodless’ Wins Golden Palm Award and Best Feature Documentary at the 21st Beverly Hills Film Festival

Bared Maronian’s Bloodless Was Selected Amongst 150 Officially Selected Films of the Year

COCONUT CREEK, FL – ‘Bloodless: The Path to Democracy‘ documentary feature film snatched two of the top awards at the prestigious 21st Beverly Hills Film Festival–The Golden Palm Award and Best Feature Documentary award–during the May 2nd Awards Ceremony, held virtually due to the pandemic. The Feature Documentary film, Bloodless, by four-time regional Emmy award- winning documentary filmmaker, Bared Maronian, captures the non-violent civil disobedience protests and social media campaigns during Armenia’s 2018 velvet revolution when opposition leader, Nikol Pashinyan overthrew the decades-long, corrupt oligarchy power. The documentary, written by Bared Maronian and Silva Basmajian, and produced by Seda Grigoryan, Silva Basmajian, Bardig Kouyoumdjian and Bared Maronian.

“We are humbled that the jury, comprising Oscar winning industry professionals and industry leaders, extended high praise and selected Bloodless as the recipient of the Festival’s top awards out of the 150 films,” said filmmaker Bared Maronian, founder of Armenoid Productions, receiving news of the wins at Beverly Hills Film Festival.

The Best Feature Documentary Award to Bloodless was presented midway through the virtual awards ceremony by a panel of six film industry professionals. The Golden Palm Award–the annual Festival’s most prestigious award–was presented to Bloodless by Nino Simone, Founder and President of the Beverly Hills Film Festival. The 21st annual event, held virtually April 28 through May 2 due to the pandemic, live-streamed 150 non-studio films as part of its official global selections during the virtual Festival.  The annual live event usually draws over 40,000 attendees.

United AIO to Host Virtual Conference ‘Building Armenia Together: Wiser & Stronger’

BOCA RATON, FL – Florida Armenians would like to invite you to participate in the newly launched United Armenian Inter-Org (United AIO) first virtual conference entitled “Building Armenia Together: Wiser & Stronger” that will take place on June 5, 2021. Diaspora Armenians from around the world are encouraged to participate and submit proposals on the following criteria: Health; Security; Innovation & Education; Business; and PR & Advocacy.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2021. FLArmenians.com is a proud partner of United AIO.

Miss Universe Armenia Monika Grigoryan Coming to South Florida

HOLLYWOOD, FL – With fans from across the world watching, the 69th Miss Universe Competition will take place on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. Among the contestants present will be 21 year old Monika Grigoryan, Miss Universe Armenia, who will be competing for the world title of Miss Universe.

Ms. Grigoryan departed Armenia and is already in the U.S. She landed in New York City over the weekend and is making her way down to South Florida.

From Vanadzor, Armenia, Grigoryan is currently a senior at the Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences majoring in linguistics and foreign languages. She works as a communications specialist within public relations at a logistics company and works as a translator for people all across the globe.

She also spends time working at a children’s modeling agency and teaches catwalk lessons to improve the confidence in the aspiring talent. Monika has also had the opportunity to star in 24 Armenian and Indian music videos over the years.

Volunteering plays an important role in Monika’s life. After her father died, she struggled psychologically and emotionally. She’s created a team of volunteers that help bring light to children struggling with disease and poverty to help them with the issues she faced as a kid. She is hopeful for a future without war and spent the year uniting those affected.

You can follow her journey from Armenia to South Florida on Instagram @_monika.99_.