Parajanov-Vartanov Institute champions the legacy of Paradjanov & Vartanov who overcame persecution and won the admiration of cinema's greatest artists. Their work as a director and a cinematographer, respectively, has been voted among the most important films and documentaries of all time by BFI, and screened at preeminent festivals. The institute's founder is their disciple, UCLA alum and DOC LA programer Martiros Vartanov — Boy with a Movie Camera.

"The Color of Pomegranates by Paradjanov, in my opinion one of the best contemporary directors, strikes with its perfection of beauty."

Michelangelo Antonioni

"Vartanov's film Parajanov: The Last Spring was created under prohibitive conditions and yet exemplifies the power of art over any limitations."

Francis Ford Coppola

"In the temple of cinema, there are images, light and reality, Paradjanov was the master of that temple."

Jean-Luc Godard

"We have to ensure that the work of seminal artists like Vartanov is preserved...his films...made under the harshest conditions...are crucial to the important heritage of world cinema."

Agnieszka Holland