Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography.
He became the Director General of the Mosfilm studios in 1998. His 2012 film White Tiger was selected as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist. In March 2014 he signed a letter in support of the position of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on situation in Ukraine and Crimea.
Karen Shakhnazarov is one of several living descendants of the famous Melik-Shahnazarian princely family from Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Melik-Shahnazarians ruled Nagorno-Karabakh"s province of Varanda in medieval and modern times.
Cinematographers’ Union of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics]
In 2002 he was a member of the jury at the 24th Moscow International Film Festival. Since 2005 he has been a member of the Public Chamber of Russia.