03-05-2013

Five Georgian Films Selected for Open Doors 2013

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Five Georgian Films Selected for Open Doors 2013 See You in Chechnya by Alexander Kvatashidze

PRAGUE: Georgia will present five projects at the 2013 edition of Open Doors coproduction lab taking place 10-13 August at the Locarno film festival.

Two of the selected projects are Estonian coproductions as well.

The films will compete for a first prize worth 50,000 CHF, a second prize of 7,000 EUR, and a third prize from ARTE worth 6,000 EUR.

Following the 2012 selection of films from CEE territories, this year’s event moves eastward with a focus on the South Caucasus – Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan – and working with Unifrance’s CEE expert Joël Chapron.

The Georgian coproductions selected for the 11th edition of Open Doors are: House of Others by Rusudan Glurjidze (Cinetech Productions, Georgia/France); Khibula (Corn Island) by George Ovashvili (Georgia/France/ Germany); Madona by Nino Gogua (Georgia); See You in Chechnya by Alexander Kvatashidze (Lokokina Studio, Georgia/France/Estonia/Netherlands); and Sleeping Lessons by Rusudan Pirveli (Georgia)

Estonia is also a participant with Naked in Baku by Arzu Gulijeva (Azerbaijan/Estonia).

The remaining projects are: Abysm by Oksana Mirzoyan (Armenia); Long Gardens by Nika Shek and Sarik Hovsepyan (Armenia /Azerbaijan); Pipeline by Asif Rustamov (Azerbaijan/Germany); Territoria by Nora Martirosyan (Armenia/Switzerland/France); The Second Journey by Lévon Minasian (Armenia); and The Valley by Arsen Azatyan and Nariné Mkrtchyan (Armenia).

The films’ directors and producers will present their projects to potential coproducers and funding partners. In addition to the pitching forum, this year Open Doors will offer participants a new workshop series on current issues and problems in independent film production and distribution.