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Booktrailer Festival is back!

22 February 2017 15:00 (UTC+04:00)
Booktrailer Festival is back!

By Laman Ismayilova

Baku will host the second Booktrailer Festival, supported by Azerbaijan's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Trend Life reported.

Booktrailer Festival was successfully held in 2016 for the first time in the country. The project aims at promoting books, supporting and developing creative forms of reading, searching talented young people in cinematography and promoting bookrailers as a part of art and business.

The festival aroused great interest last year and this year Booktrailer Festival will be also held in Georgia, said Ruslan Sabirli, festival's director.

Booktrailers are short videos that promote a book or an author, providing a good illustration of the book content. Book trailers are a form of advertising for a book. Produced by publishers, and sometimes authors themselves, they are tools to pique interest in the novel and raise their popularity.

Booktrailers can be regarded as a new form of art, combining literature, movie, advertisement and web technologies. That's why we are sure that the festival will encourage the young people to read more and will help in the search of new talents.

The first place will get a prize in the amount of 1000 manats ($ 558), while the winners of the second and third places 800 manats ($446) and 500 manats ($279), respectively.

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In 2016, the first place went to Elchin Guliyev (E,Akarsu "Melody for Two), the second place were shared by Natiq Akhundov (N. Vujicic " Life without limits") and Farid Rasulov (S. Baharı "Aztagram"), the third place were taken by Elchin Elhanli (O.Fikretoglu " Dead text"), Elmin Aliyev ), Elmin Aliyev (V. Yolchiyev " Crumpled photos") and Asif Aliyev (V.Nuru " The President’s daughter"). Sabina Guliyeva and her work "Another, Happiness" (Marc Levy) received the prize of audience recognition.

The secretary of Azerbaijani Writers' Union, President of the PEN club, world-famous writer Chingiz Abdullayev, screenwriter, director, honored art worker and laureate of state prize of the USSR KGB Prize Ramiz Fataliyev, a graduate of Russian State University of Cinematography, laureate of national awards, director Elkhan Jafarov, honored art worker, laureate of national awards, director Ulviyya Konul and another graduate of Russian State University of Cinematography, laureate of national and international awards, filmmaker Nadir Mehdiyev and founder and director of the festival, actor Ruslan Sabirli were the jury members of the festival.

Media partners of the event were Trend,, and


Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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