The Dawn of a New Era of Azerbaijani Film: Hochazfilm Studio
Amidst the backdrop of rapid development, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and First Lady, Mehriban Aliyeva, marked the inauguration of “Hochazfilm,” a cutting-edge creative studio complete with a modern shooting pavilion.
Charting a New Course for Azerbaijan’s Creative Industries
The President and the First Lady were briefed about the exceptional facilities and conditions established within the pavilion. “Hochazfilm,” composed of two buildings and a shooting pavilion, aims to be a regional beacon for the audiovisual industry. Its multifaceted approach towards local and foreign film production holds immense promise for Azerbaijan’s burgeoning film industry.
Offering Opportunities for Both Local and Foreign Creatives
Designed to cater to the needs of both local and foreign filmmakers, the studio is planning to provide a well-rounded array of services. Among offerings are guiding and location services, as well as a supply of state-of-the-art equipment. Alongside these film-related offerings, the studio will also serve regional audiovisual content to local and foreign media, state bodies, and both private and state film studios.
Dimensions of Hochazfilm: Expanding Beyond Filmmaking
Alongside its main focus as an audiovisual hub, the “Hochazfilm” studio plans to expand its hospitality sector by hosting the Hochaz Hotel and Cafe. These additions aim to fuse the realms of creativity and hospitality, setting a high benchmark for other studios to emulate.
Revitalising Azerbaijan’s Post-war Narrative Through Film
During the visit, both Ilham and Mehriban Aliyev acknowledged the significant role that cinema will have to play in post-war Azerbaijan. According to the President, there can be many topics, especially related to the recent Karabakh war, on which filmmakers can shed light. The First Lady concurred.
An employee of the studio expressed gratitude for the opportunity Hochazfilm has given to document pertinent issues, especially the outcomes of the 44-day war. The president emphasized the joy of the people of Lachin, who are now able to return and settle in their ancestral land. This evokes a sense of hope and the possibility of moving forward.
The introduction of Hochazfilm illustrates Azerbaijan’s commitment to fostering a thriving film industry. By providing a platform for local and foreign filmmakers to work collaboratively on a diverse range of important narratives, the studio plays a critical part in depicting Azerbaijan’s present realities and future aspirations in a new light.
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