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The history of the success of Georgian Cinema dates back to the late 1920s, when a group of filmmakers made films which went on to become classics of Georgian Cinema. Director Kote Mikaberidze shot the film "Chemi Bebia" ("My Grandmother"), which is included in all the film archives of the world. In 1930 Mikheil Kalatozov (Kalatozishvili) screened the feature-documentary film "Jim Shvante" ("Salt to Svaneti") which was acknowledged as a world masterpiece of silent documentary.

TBILISI: On average Georgia releases about 8 feature full length films per year, out of which about 4 films are supported by the state subsidies through the Georgian National Film Center.

"Georgian film is a strange phenomenon. It is special, philosophically bright, sophisticated and at the same time childishly pure and innocent. There is everything in it that can make me cry and I have to say that it is not easy to make me cry". Federico Fellini

TBILISI: Street Days by Levan Koguashvili sold to Russia, Canada and USA

Georgian Films in the Focus of Montréal World Film Festival (August 26 – September 6)

This year Montréal World Film Festival hosts 4 student films as well as 2 professional full-length feature films from Georgia. Student films were filmed in frames of “Summer Film School” an educational project financed by GNFC in 2008-2009, which aimed at training and developing professional skills of Georgian film students.

Batumi International Art-house Film Festival

Batumi is a seaside city which presents an interesting international film festival, held for the 5th time in 2010. BIAFF is an annual event, one of the important cultural events in the country.

LONDON: Life Through Cinema: September brought Georgian films within the focus of London (23-26 September) as "Riverside Studio" hosted a festival of Georgian films.

Dear Colleagues,

If you are a producer, a line producer, a production manager or a postproduction manager interested in acquiring precise, comprehensive and practical knowledge of today's production and postproduction digital workflows, DIGITAL PRODUCTION CHALLENGE is for you!

This 2,5-day European Workshop - supported by the MEDIA Programme - gives film professionals the methods, tools and strategies to:
  • Best position the production of their feature or documentary films within the digital workflow;
  • Grasp the means of communication and tasks division between the partners involved, from the director to the postproduction provider;
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of digital distribution.

An important part of the programme is devoted to reviewing the participants' film projects before investigating the perspectives opened by the 3D production.

All details on http://www.digiprodchallenge.net/

Date and place: 25 to 27 November 2010 in Potsdam (Germany).
Registration deadline: 4 October 2010.
Fee: 400 Euro, including accommodation and meals. Travel to Potsdam not included.

Seven participants from the 12 new EU member states or from Croatia are eligible for a full scholarship covering travel and subsistence expenses.

2010 Regulations

The Film New Europe Visgrad Prix recognizes the feature and documentary films of the Central European region, promotes mutual cultural understanding and promotes professional co-operations international co-productions.

TBILISI: The key document providing the framework of state support to filmmaking is the Georgian Law on State support to Georgian National Cinematography (dated 5 December 2000).