Originally from Armenia, filmmaker Ophelia Harutyunyan relocated to New York in 2012 to pursue her MFA in creative producing. Originally intending to pursue a career in law, she graduated from Stockholm University with an LL.M., but soon discovered her passion for film. Ophelia has worked at local film production companies and participated in a number of workshops and film festivals. In 2011, she began working as a production manager at the Civilitas Foundation’s CivilNet.tv, an online news channel.
Ophelia moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a filmmaker. Thanks to the support of a number of Armenian organizations, such as AGBU and its Performing Arts Fellowship, Ophelia was able to attend one of the most prestigious film institutions in the world: Columbia University.
In her brief professional career, she has worked on over 10 productions and garnered many accolades. In 2014, Ophelia received the Arthur Krim Memorial Award for excellence in producing, and in 2015, she received the Katharina Otto-Bernstein Film Fund for her thesis film Red Apples. In November 2015, her short film The Frame was featured in the AGBU Performing Arts Department’s film screening 6 Short Films at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, which included the work of six filmmakers who have benefited from the AGBU Performing Arts Fellowship.