Georgia celebrates 11 years of cooperation with the Berlinale this year. This year the Georgian National Film Centre will be presenting a new component of the governmental programme "Shoot in Georgia" and the introduction of the new Cash Rebate system in the country is an important development for the Georgian film sector.
Stop by the Georgian stand in Berlin and find out more. Georgian National Film Center Marriott Stand 121
Besides, the stand will represent a catalogue of recent Georgian films and projects currently in production (project book), trailers Georgian films and discs of shorts, as well as information brochures of Georgian National Film Center.
Since its formation in 2001, the GNFC's aims have been to coordinate state support for the development of Georgian cinema, to produce and distribute movies nationally, and to create a Georgian film presence internationally
Berlinale and Georgia
In 2013, for the first time after a long pause, 2 Georgian films took part in Berlinale: Nana Ekvtimishvili’s and Simon Gross’ "In Bloom” and Zaza Rusadze’s "A Fold in My Blanket". Both Georgian films were very successful in Berlin.
In 2014 Levan Koghuashvili’s "Blind Dates’ and Tinatin Kajrishvili’s "Brides” participated in various sections of the festival.
In all, about 15 Georgian films have participated in Berlinale so far.
The first Georgian film in Berlin was Giorgi Shengelaya’s "Trip of a Young Composer”. The film participated in the main competition of Berlinale in 1986 and was awarded Silver Bear.
In 1992 Berlinale hosted Mikheil Kalatozishvili’s "The Chosen One”, whereas in 1993 Temur Babluani’s "Son of the Sleepless” was awarded Silver Bear for Best Direction. The first international screening of Eldar Shengelaya’s "Blue Mountains” took place within Berlinale "Panorama” in 1986.
Several months ago Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick and the film selector in the Caucasus region – Nikolay Nikitin arrived in Georgia. Dieter Kosslick wished to get acquainted with Georgia and its culture, as well as meet the representatives of State agencies and the film sector.
The International Film Festival will be held in Berlin on February 11-21.