TBILISI: The total 2020 box office in Georgia decreased by 86% from 4,145,123 EUR / 13,264,395 GEL in 2019 to 564,637 EUR / 2,258,549 GEL in 2020, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Admissions to domestic films decreased from 37,865 in 2019 to 2,000 in 2020, while total admissions dropped by 83% from 1,359,365 in 2019 to 230,160 in 2020.

TBILISI: The notable Georgian film and theatre director and producer Gela Kandelaki is currently in production with his documentary film The Thought. The first shoot took place in 2011-2012 in Georgia. Additional funds are needed to complete the filming and final editing. The project is funded by the GNFC and produced by Kvali XXI.

TBILISI: Georgian classic film director, cinematographer and writer Aleksandre (Sasha) Rekhviahsvili died on 10 December 2020 at the age of 82. The premiere of his last film, the documentary Reviving the Past, whose filming lasted 17 years (2002-2019), was held in Georgia in May 2019

TBILISI: The Georgian National Film Center distributed 45,000 EUR / 180,000 GEL for the development of 12 full-length feature film films to be directed by Marine Gulbiani, Papuna Mosidze, Sandro Naveriani, Zaza Merabishvili, Aleksandre Tsabadze, Mariam Khachvani, Giorgi Tavartkiladze, Uta Beria, Gabriel Razmadze, Shalva Shengeli, Margo Zubashvili and Nodar Marshanishvili.

TBILISI: The 21st edition of the Tbilisi International Film Festival, which opened in an online form on 30 November 2020 and runs through 20 December, awarded financial prizes to three film projects participating in the 2020 edition of Georgian-Baltic Bridge. Projects from Georgia, Estonia and Lithuania were presented at the forum, which took place online from 30 November to 2 December, and the winners were announced on 3 December.

TBILISI: The 21st edition of the Tbilisi International Film Festival opened in an online from on 30 November 2020 and runs through 20 December. The films will be screened on the online platform Festival Scope and will be free to the public.

BATUMI: There Is No Evil by Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof was awarded best film at the 15th Batumi International Arthouse Film Festival, which took place online from 15 to 25 November 2020. BIAFF festival director Giorgi Gogiberidze and manager Zviad Eliziani were awarded with a special prize for contribution to Georgian Cinema, issued by the Georgian Film Academy.

BATUMI: The BIAFF film festival, which was originally scheduled for 13-20 September 2020 but postponed just three days before its opening, will take place in a digital edition running 15-25 November.

TBILISI: The Georgian National Film Center distributed  47,259 EUR / 189,036 GEL for the development of 13 documentary films to be directed by Mariam Natroshvili, Tamar Karumidze, Levan Shubashvili, Tamar Mshvenieradze, Ana Kvichidze, Mariam Khachvani, Salome Jashi, Davit Chikadze, Zurab Inashvili, Tatia Akhalshenishvili, Sophio Medoidze, Vaja Zubashvili and Guram Megrelishvili.

TBILISI: Georgian siblings and film directors Khvicha and Tinatin Emiridze are currently in postproduction with their long documentary debut Respublika. The first shoot took place in July 2018 in Georgia.

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