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COUNTRY REPORT 2016

DeDe by Mariam KhatchvaniWith a new all-inclusive cash rebate, Georgia is sure to become a top location among international filmmakers. In March 2016 the Government of Georgia introduced Film in Georgia, a cash rebate programme offering 20-25% cash rebate on qualified spend in Georgia.

Georgia was the first country in the region to launch a cash rebate programme, which should stand as a statement of Georgian government’s dedication to expanding the film industry. In only a couple of months the country attracted five international productions that were shot in Georgia in cooperation with local production service companies and film crews.

Zurab Maghalashvili was named head of the Georgian National Film Centre (GNFC) in March 2016.

Under a deal signed with Russia in September 2016, hundreds of films made from 1921 to 1991 are to be returned to Georgia. The first four films returned on 17 November 2016.

PRODUCTION

According to the GNFC, two Georgian feature films were produced in 2016. DeDe, the feature debut by Mariam Khatchvani, is a coproduction between Vladimir Katcharava’s 20 Steps, Mike Downey ‘s Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME), Igor Nola’s MP Film Production and JaJa Film Productions. This Georgian/British/Croatian/Dutch coproduction follows a young woman who lives in a harsh mountain region and who, as her lover dies, must obey tradition by marrying the first man who offers his hand. Shooting wrapped in February 2016.

The second Georgian feature film produced in 2016 is Khibula by acclaimed George Ovashvili. The film is a Georgian/German/French coproduction about the first president of Georgia, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, in the final chapter of his life. It was produced by Alamdary Films in coproduction with Germany’s 42 Film and France’s Arizona Productions. Shooting spanned 46 days in March and April 2016.

Three animated films were produced in 2016: Jino, directed by Davit Kiknavelidze and produced by Lira Production, Frani, directed by Vladimer Sulaqvelidze and produced by George Vasadze, and Pocket Man, directed by Ana Chubinidze and produced by Kvali XXI.Khibula by George Ovashvili

Five documentary films were produced in 2016: Items, directed by Nino Gogua and produced by CINEMARK, Listen to the Silence, directed by Mariam Chachia and produced by Opiodoc, Brand and Show, directed by Zurab Inashvili and produced by Art Film Studio, Gogita’s New Life, directed by Levan Koguashvili and produced by Ioan Films, and I Swam Enguri, directed by Ana Bukia and produced by Gemini.

Acclaimed Georgian helmer Zaza Urushadze also shot his new film, The Confession, in 2016. This comedy-infused drama about a monk who falls for a mysterious woman in a remote village where he serves was produced by Estonia’s Allfilm in coproduction with Georgia’s Cinema24. This is the same team that made Tangerines, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Feature Oscar in 2015. The Confession has been acquired by Picture Tree International.

Five international productions were already shot in Georgia in 2016 as part of the Film in Georgia Programme.

The US production The Clown, directed by Anthony Lucero and starring Lily Collins, Holliday Grainger, Harry Treadaway, Lukas Haas and Pål Sverre Hagen, was shot in September-October 2016 with the Georgian company Misty Dawn servicing. The film was produced by the American companies Hunter Image Media and St. Tisa. Most of the shooting took place in Georgia, and most of the technicians were Georgian. 

My Happy Family by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon GrossGerman/Georgian/French coproduction My Happy Family by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, was produced by Augenschein Filmproduktion GmbH, Polare Film (Georgia) and Arizona Production. The film will be shown in January 2017 at the World Cinema Dramatic Competition of Sundance Film Festival.

Other projects receiving cash rebate under the Film in Georgia programme are Indian feature films The Machine by Abbas and Mustan Burmawalla (with production services provided by Betterfly Productions), as well as Gautamiputra Satakarni directed by Krish and produced by First Frame Entertainment, and PSV Garuda Vega directed by Praveen Sattaru and produced by Jyostar Enterprises PVT (with Sarke Studio providing services in Georgia).

 

DISTRIBUTION

A total of 198 films were distributed in Georgia in 2016, of which ten were domestic films, compared to 106 films distributed in 2015, of which 19 were domestic films.

One of the domestic films released in 2016 was The Summer of Frozen Fountains by Vano Burduli, a Georgian/Russian coproduction between Studio 29+7, Film Company CTB and Gemini. The film was released in Georgia on 21 January 2016, with Studio 29+7 handling the sales.

In March 2016, German Public Broadcaster 3sat acquired TV rights for the Georgian/German documentary When the Earth Seems to Be Light by Salome Machaidze, Tamuna Karumidze and David Meskhi. A 45 minute version of the film had its German TV premiere in October 2016. 3sat broadcasts in Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

The Summer of Frozen Fountains by Vano BurduliWhen the Earth Seems to Be Light was produced by Georgian Artist Collective Goslab in coproduction with Georgia's Zazarfilm and Germany's Jörg Langkau. London-based Taskovski Films is handling the sales.

In 2016, House of Others by Rusudan Glurjidze was Georgia's candidate in the Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards. House of Others / Skhvisi sakhli is a Georgian/Russian/Croatian/Spanish coproduction. It was produced by Liga Productions in coproduction with Cinetech Ltd, Kinoskopik SL and Embrio. The film participated in the Karlovy Vary IFF’s East of the West competition in 2016.

EXHIBITION AND BOX OFFICE

No new cinema opened in 2016. There is only one chain of multiplexes, the privately owned Rustaveli/Amirani Movie Theaters consisting of Cinema Amirani LTD (three screening halls, 648 seats) and Cinema Rustaveli LTD (five screening halls, 858 seats) in Tbilisi, and also Cinema Apollo LTD (one screening hall, 154 seats) in Batumi. The same company operates CAVEA cinemas consisting of two multiplexes: CAVEA IMAX, with ten screens including an IMAX screen (one screen with 33 seats is not working) and CAVEA MOLI, with five screens and 752 seats.

There are currently five cinemas in Georgia with 23 screens (including one IMAX). All except one are digitalised.

Rustaveli/Amirani Movie Theaters also runs divisions, Film Distribution LTD and Light Bank LTD, dealing with film production.

The Monk by Zaza UrushadzeThe 2016 admissions top ten is topped by The Jungle Book with 49,380 admissions, followed by Suicide Squad (38,814 admissions), Zootopia (32,805 admissions), Deadpool (31,651 admissions), The Secret Life of Pets (30,680 admissions), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (28,543 admissions), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (27,892 admissions), Captain America: Civil War (26,514), Doctor Strange (26,349) and The Revenant (25,930).

The most successful Georgian films in cinemas in 2016 were: Moira, directed by Levan Tutberudze and produced by CINE-TECH, with 2,983 admissions, The Summer of Frozen Fountains, directed by Vano Burduli and produced by “29+7”, with 925 admissions and Brother, directed by Teona Mgvdeladze-Grenade and produced by MPM Film (France), CINE-TECH (Georgia), Millimetrfilm (Georgia), with 245 admissions.

Total admissions increased by 59.74 percent from 719,705 in 2015 to 1,149,668 in 2016.

Total gross increased by 46.35 percent from 2,305,901 EUR / 6,653,274 GEL in 2015 to 3,374,806 EUR / 9,737,881 GEL in 2016.

Domestic films’ admissions dropped by 85.78 percent from 31,666 in 2015 to 4,506 in 2016. Domestic box office dropped by 73.55 percent from 95,413 EUR / 275,299 GEL in 2015 to 13,134 EUR / 36,430 GEL in 2016.

GRANTS AND LEGISLATION

The Georgian National Film Centre handles cinema strategy and allots state funding. The total amount of funding in 2016 was 1,181,202 EUR / 3,164,712 GEL.

GNFC gave out 2,287,000 EUR / 5,878,000 GEL in 2015, almost double the annual support for film industry in 2014, which was 1,172,834 EUR / 3 m GEL.

Encouraging European coproductions is a key part of the GNFC’s strategy for the development of Georgian film industry. Georgia launched its coproduction scheme for feature films in 2010 and also launched a new call for documentary coproductions in March 2014.

The Regional Film Fund of Adjara, on the Black Sea coast, launched in 2012, is also expected to boost the film initiative. On 24 February 2015 Georgia joined the Creative Europe Programme in Brussels.

When the Earth Seems to Be Light by Salome Machaidze Tamuna Karumidze and David MeskhiNew projects by Levan Koghuashvili, Rusudan Chkonia and George Ovashvili received production support from GNFC at the beginning of 2016. Each project was granted 190,000 EUR / 500,000 GEL. The projects are: Fourth Brighton by Levan Koghuashvili, Venice by Rusudan Chkonia and Khibula by George Ovashvili.

GNF allotted 222,519 EUR / 600,000 GEL for the production of two debut features at the end of January 2016. The winning projects are Negative Numbers, directed by Utta Beria and produced by Magnet Film, and Spooky Mom, directed by Ana Urushadze and produced by Artizm. Each project received 111,259 EUR / 300,000 GEL.

GNFC gave 54,000 EUR / 150,000 GEL for the production of two short animated films for children in February 2016. The winning projects are Pocket Man by Anna Chubinidze, produced by Studio Kvali XXI, and Zolemia by Nina Samanishvili, produced by K. Janelidze. Each of them received 27,000 EUR / 75,000 GEL.

At the end of June 2016 GNFC allotted 307,700 EUR / 800,000 GEL to two feature films - Namme, directed by Zaza Khalvashi and produced by Batumi Art-House Film Studio, and Horizon, directed by Tinatin Kajrishvili and produced by Gemini. Each project received 153,850 EUR / 400,000 GEL.

In October 2016 GNFC allotted 47,600 EUR / 134,712 for the production of five short films, and on 30 November 2016 GNFC granted 169,383 EUR / 480,000 GEL to five low budget feature films. The list includes projects by Giorgi Katcharava, David Abramishvili, Tamaz Narimanidze, Irakli Chxikvadze and Giga Liklikadze.

The tax incentives programme, which went into operation in 2016, offers a 20% cash rebate of qualified expenditure with an additional rebate of 2-5% based on the promotional value of the production.

David Vashadze, Head of Export and Distribution at GNFC, told FNE: "We think that this decision is crucial for Georgian film industry. There are many film production companies looking for new and very diverse territories. Low bureaucracy and a film friendly atmosphere are very important, but without financial incentives the possibility of attracting a big number of foreign productions is not very high.”

The minimum limit of qualified expenses is approximately 190,000 EUR /500,000 GEL for feature films, TV films, TV series/mini-series, or animated films, and approximately 114,000 EUR / 300,000 GEL for documentaries, commercials, reality shows and music videos.

House of Others by Rusudan GlurjidzeThe programme has two stages. After shooting wraps in Georgia, 20% of qualified expenditure is automatically returned to the production company. When the film is finished and released, it is assessed according to pre-defined criteria (Georgia is mentioned as an acting place on the script level, well-known locations are used, etc.) for the additional 2-5% rebate. Both Georgian and foreign projects may participate.

No cultural test is required in order to apply for the initial 20% rebate, and the rebate also applies to key non-resident salaries paid in Georgia. The online application is valid for two years.

A group of location scouts and producers from Hollywood visited Georgia in June 2016. They had been invited by the GNFC and Enterprise Georgia. The group included representatives working with five major studios: Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal, 20th Century Fox and Disney. Earlier in 2016 two Georgian agencies presented in the US the country's cash rebate programme Film in Georgia.

In August 2016 a group composed of major players in India’s Bollywood film industry also visited Georgia.

Well-known producer and actor Zurab Maghalashvili was named the new head of the GNFC on 25 March 2016, replacing Nana Janelidze.

In August 2016 Zurab Maghalashvili announced GNFC’s plan to retrieve Soviet-era Georgian films stored in state archives in Russia, and also old Georgian film tapes scattered in Georgia. After restoration and digitalisation, they would be stored in a new building. There are 700 – 1,200 Soviet-era Georgian films stored in Russia and approximately 120,000 film tapes in Georgia.

“The treasure of Georgian films, including silent film masterpieces, starting from the early 20th century until the 90s, is stored in the Russian Federation, at the Gosfilmofond. They are negatives of feature and documentary films, recorded voices and sounds, animated films and television films. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, all these remained in Russia with both positive and negative effects. Georgia lacked the infrastructure necessary to move the films to Georgia, but it was for the best, as otherwise it would have been disastrous for the films”, Maghalashvili told FNE.

On the other hand, approximately 120,000 film tapes covering more than 100 years of Georgian cinema are stored at the repositories of the Georgian documentary film studio Mematiane, the film studio Kartuli Filmi and the National Public Broadcasting Archives. They are also a part of private collections. Many of them need to be cleaned and stored properly before being transferred to digital.

GNFC started taking the first steps by inviting international experts, e.g. from the French CNC, to give their advice on the condition of several classic films. ”I hope we'll launch the project in near future, present it to the government and receive the funds to get started. We will have to gather a group of restorers to clean the scanned material, do the color correction and the sound cleanup. Achieving desirable results will probably take decades.

We are also searching for a team of architects to design the film repository. We are trying to find out the number of films stored in each Georgian studio, which of them are copies, which of them can be restored and digitalised. We cannot say exactly how much the project will cost for both building the archives and the digitalisation, probably tens of millions of euros. For now the state is our only supporter”, Maghalashvili told FNE in August 2016.

Four classic Georgian films made during the early Soviet era were returned to Tbilisi in an official ceremony on 17 November 2016. The first four films returned were The Last Hour by Mikheil Chiaureli, Holtze and Amerikanka by Leonard Esakia and the documentary Buba by Nutsa Ghoghoberidze, Georgia's first female director.

Buba by Nutsa GhoghoberidzeCaucasus School of New Cinema, which opened within the Caucasus University in Tbilisi in 2016, aims to raise a new generation of film industry professionals by teaching the students not only skills, but also visions. The school, initiated by director and scriptwriter Dimitri Mamulia, opened in April 2016 and in autumn 2016 it welcomed its first students in its two major programmes, film direction and scriptwriting.

TV

No new TV channel was launched in 2016. TV channel TV 8 was launched in 2015.

Private channels, Broadcasting Company Rustavi 2, and TV Imedi and GDS are usually the producers of TV series. Public Broadcasting – First Channel also produces documentaries. TV channels do not fund independent film production as a rule, but it depends on the individual case, according to sources from GNFC.

CONTACTS:

Georgia National Film Centre
4 ZviadGamsakhurdia Named Right Bank
Tbilisi 0105, Georgia
Phone: (+995 322) 2 999 200
Fax: (+995 322) 2 999 102
www.gnfc.ge
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Report by: Iulia Blaga (2017)

Source: Georgian National Film Centre


COUNTRY REPORT 2015

Georgia faced two important events in 2015 - it joined the Creative Europe Programme at the end of February 2015 and introduced its first tax rebate law, which will start functioning in 2016. International coproductions also took off, especially documentaries. This is due to the fact that Georgia launched a new call for documentary coproductions in March 2014.

PRODUCTION

Five feature films were produced in Georgia in 2015: Nino Basilia’s Anna’s Life (produced by Studio-99), Rusudan Glurjidze’s House of Others (Cinetek), Ivane Burduli‘s Summer of Frozen Fountains (29+7 LTD), Rusudan Pirveli’s Sleeping Lessons (Caucasian Filmodrom) and Levan Tutberidze’s Moira (Moira-Film LLC).

In May 2015 it was announced that Tbilisi-based 20 Steps Productions and Caucasian Film Service were partnering with UK production house Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) to shoot two films in 2015-2016: How to Sell a War by Rudolph Herzog and Dede by Mariam Bakacho Khatchvani. F&ME producer Mike Downey said: "We see coproduction as a reciprocal two way street, hence our enthusiasm to engage with talented Georgian filmmakers at the highest level."

Dede by Mariam KhatchvaniDede started shooting in autumn 2015 and is expected to complete shooting in January 2016. The film is produced by 20 Steps Productions in coproduction with UK’s Film and Music Entertainment and Croatia’s MP Film Production.

Seven documentaries were shot in 2015: New Berlin Wall by Toma Chagelishvili, City of Sun by Rati Oneli, The Channel by Salome Jashi, Station by Nino Orjonikidze, Prime Meridian of Wine by Nana Jorjadze, Show for a Brad by Zurab Inashvili and Refugee Boat Enguri by Vakhtang Varazi.

The call for documentary coproductions launched by GNFC in March 2014 boosted international productions. For example, The Dazzling Light of Sunset (working title / aka The Station) by Salomé Jashi, is a 90-minute documentary produced by Sakdoc Film in coproduction with Germany's Inselfilm Produktion.
When the Earth Seems to Be Light by Salome Machaidze, Tamuna Karumidze and David Meskhi, produced by Georgian Artist Collective Goslab in coproduction with Georgia's Zazarfilm and Germany's Jörg Langkau, is a documentary about young Georgian skaters, artists and musicians feeling trapped between the powers of the church and the political world. The film was awarded Best First Appearance at IDFA in 2015 and received Best Georgian Documentary Award at 16th Tbilisi International Film Festival.

The documentary Double Aliens, a Latvian/Georgian coproduction directed by Ugis Olte, was the only minority coproduction produced in Georgia in 2015. This road movie was produced by Latvia’s VFS Films in coproduction with Georgia’s Sakdoc Film. The film won the Batumi International Film Festival and Cinedoc Film Festival.

Two minority coproductions have been shot in 2015: Hostage aka Honeymoon Flight by Rezo Gigineishvili produced by Russia’s INK FILM in coproduction with Georgia’s 20 Steps Productions and Now I’m Gonna Love You by Roman Shirman, produced by Ukraine’s Interfilm in coproduction with Georgia’s Artizm company Ltd.

Two animated films were shot in 2015 – Kite by Lado Sulakvelidze and Jino by Dato Kiknavelidze.

Fewer international productions were shot in Georgia in 2015 compared to 2014. Among them is the Indian production Kanche by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, produced by Centrum Direct Limited.

In summer 2015 GNFC announced that a tax rebate scheme would be launched in January 2016. “The interest in filming in Georgia already exists, and we think that the facilitation of the financial side and the customer oriented incentive scheme will increase the number of foreign film productions significantly,” David Vashadze, Head of Export and Distribution at GNFC told FNE.

Moira by Levan TutberidzeProducer Vladimer Katcharava from 20 Steps points out the advantages and disadvantages of shooting in Georgia: “It’s a film friendly country. Everyone, from ordinary people to governmental structures, tries to help, it’s cheap to shoot here and still get good quality, and there are good locations. However, our main problem is that the industry is very small and it’s impossible to have two films shooting at the same time.”

Speaking about the importance of international coproductions, Nana Janelidze, the head of GNFC, said: “If you want to be a part of Europe and of the film industry, you need to be in this bloodstream. We give something and we receive something back, and we really need to be very close to each other because we are a one big family”.

DISTRIBUTION

A total of 90 films were distributed in Georgia in the first 10 months of 2015, of which 17 were domestic films. The number of European productions in Georgian cinemas is scarce. The leading distributor in 2015 was the Russian company Inter Film.

In September 2015 it was announced that Levan Tutberidze's Moira has been selected by Georgia to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 88th Academy Awards. Moira, a film about the poverty of a seaside family, had its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival on 23 September 2015. The film was produced by Levan Tutberidze with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia. Moira Film is handling the sales.

Zaza Urushadze’s Estonian/Georgian coproduction Tangerines (Allfilm, Cinema 24) was sold in more than 25 territories so far, from Europe to USA, China, Philippines, Latin America and Australia. In Greece it had 3,880 admissions in its first week. The film was released in 17 cinemas on 28 June 2015 and by 6 June 2015 it was neck-to-neck with the American action comedy Hot Pursuit starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, which sold 4,743 tickets in 39 cinemas.

Tangerines by Zaza UrushadzeThe nomination for an Academy Award in the foreign language section in 2014 helped the sales of the film. Tangerines was produced by the Estonian company Allfilm in coproduction with Georgia's Cinema 24.

George Ovashvili’s Corn Island was sold successfully in almost all European countries and also in China and Turkey. It was released in Switzerland mid-November 2015.

EXHIBITION AND BOX OFFICE

Total admissions were 585,462 and box office was 2,105,361 EUR / 5,355,476 GEL in the first 10 months of 2015.

Total admissions were 707,035 and box office was 2,527,848 EUR / 6,066,835 GEL in 2014. Admissions for domestic films were 26,983 through October 2015, whereas in 2014 they reached 46,490.

There is only one chain of multiplexes, the privately owned Rustaveli/Amirani Movie Theaters consisting of Cinema Amirani LTD (three screening halls, 648 seats) and Cinema Rustaveli LTD (five screening halls, 858 seats) in Tbilisi, and also Cinema Apollo LTD (one screening hall, 154 seats) in Batumi. The same company is operating the recently opened CAVEA cinemas, two multiplexes with 10 screens including an IMAX screen.

There are currently five cinemas in Georgia with 19 screens (including one IMAX). All except one are digitalised.

Rustaveli/Amirani Movie Theaters also runs the divisions Film Distribution LTD and Light Bank LTD, dealing with film production.

Domestic hits in Georgia through October 2015 were: New Year in English Missing / Axal wels dakargulebi (K Production)by Giorgi Kikalishvili with 5, 812 admissions, Blind Dates / Shemtxveviti Paemnebi (Kino Iberika, Millimeter Film) by Levan Koguashvili with 4,955 admissions, Rais Nasosi (Unicard) by Giorgi Kacharava with 3,337 admissions, Where is Pinocchio / Sad Aris Pinoqio (BEMARK Studio) by Gvantca Mepharishvili with 3,093 admissions and The Village (GAMS Pictures) by Levan Tutberidze with 2,953 admissions.

Blind Dates by Levana KoguashviliAdmissions Top Five through October 2015 includes: Minions with 45,885 admissions, Forsaken with 35,392 admissions, Avengers: Age of Ultron with 26,549 admissions, Cinderella with 23,459 admissions and Jurassic World with 20,372 admissions.

GRANTS AND NEW LEGISLATION

The Georgian National Film Centre handles cinema strategy and allots state funding. GNFC gave out 2,287,000 EUR / 5,878,000 GEL in 2015, almost double the annual support for film industry in 2014, which was 1,172,834 EUR /3 m GEL. GNFC allotted 1,297,210 EUR in 2013 and 1,047,800 EUR in 2012.

In November 2015 GNFC allotted 341,769 EUR / 900,000 GEL for three majority feature coproductions directed by Revaz Gigineishvili, Dimitri Tsintsadze and George Ovashvili, but the latter refused the grant. The three projects are Hostages by Revaz Gigineishvili (a Georgian/Russion coproduction between 20 Steps Productions and INK Film LTD), 43 by Dimitri Tsintsadze (produced by Cinetech in coproduction with the Russian Theatre and Film Centre IBRUS), and Khibula by George Ovashvili (Alamdary Films).

Encouraging European coproductions is a key part of the GNFC’s strategy for the development of Georgian film industry. Georgia launched its coproduction scheme for feature films in 2010 and also launched a new call for documentary coproductions in March 2014. Approximately 121,000 EUR / 300,000 GEL were allotted for long and short documentaries in 2015.

In November 2015 GNFC allotted 114,005 EUR / 290,000 GEL for the script development of six comedies and children’s feature films, as well as projects dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Georgian Independence and the Adaptation of XXI Century’s Novels and Creative Documentaries. A call for animated coproductions is expected to be launched in 2016.

The Regional Film Fund of Adjara, on the Black Sea coast, launched in 2012, is also expected to boost the film initiative.

On 24 February 2015 Georgia joined the Creative Europe Programme in Brussels. The Agreement was signed by the Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia Mikheil Giorgadze and the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics. The event will allow Georgia to get funding in Europe for cultural networks, cultural cooperation projects, literary translation schemes, platforms in the framework of Creative Europe and also to take part in training events.

Georgia is the first Eastern Partnership country to join Creative Europe after hosting the Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference in Tbilisi in 2013. The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is an initiative of the European Union governing its relationship with the post-Soviet states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Another important development in 2015 was the preparation of a tax incentives law which will be implemented in 2016. The law will provide a 20 percent rebate of qualifying expenses and an additional 2 to 5 percent for Georgian elements with a minimum spend of 283,393 EUR/ 300,000 USD for feature films.

Corn Island by George OvashviliDavid Vashadze, Head of Export and Distribution at GNFC, told FNE: "We think that this decision is crucial for the Georgian film industry. There are many film production companies looking for new and very diverse territories. Low bureaucracy and a film friendly atmosphere are very important, but without financial incentives the possibility of attracting a big number of foreign productions is not very high.”

Speaking about the origins of the project, Vashadze said: “The cash rebate scheme is an independent project of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, while the funding of GNFC is coming from the Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection. According to this, the growth of funding for national films as well as for coproductions is not dependent on the scheme we are going to implement in 2016".

Another event important for Georgia in 2015 was Giffoni Georgia International Film Festival held in Tbilisi from 16 to 19 October 2015 upon the initiative and with financial support of Georgian National Film Center, Giffoni Experience and Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection. The education of the audience is one of the goals of GNFC.

TV

In 2015 a new TV channel TV 8, was launched in Georgia, Iberia TV was re-launched and TVS was re-branded as TV Pirveli.

Leading TV companies are still producing TV series. The most popular feature TV series in Georgia are: Friends of my Wife / Chemi Tsolis Dakalebi (Broadcasting Company Rustavi2), In the City / Shua Kalakshi (Imedi) and Around Us / Chven Gverdit (Maestro)

Private channels, Broadcasting Company Rustavi 2, and TV Imedi and GDS are usually the producers of TV series. Public Broadcasting – First Channel also produces documentaries. TV channels do not fund independent film production as a rule, but it depends on the individual case, according to sources from GNFC.

CONTACTS:

Georgia National Film Centre
4 ZviadGamsakhurdia Named Right Bank
Tbilisi 0105, Georgia
Phone: (+995 322) 2 999 200
Fax: (+995 322) 2 999 102
www.gnfc.ge
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Report by: Iulia Blaga (14 Dec 2015)

Source: Georgian National Film Centre

Fact box Georgia

Population: 3.9 m (2016)
Admissions: 1,149,668 (2016)
Admissions per capita: 0.29 (2016)
Box office: 3,374,806 EUR (2016)
Number of screens: 23 (2016)
Digital screens: 22 (2016)
Feature film production: 2 (2016)
Admissions Georgian films: 4,506 (2016)
Box office Georgian films: 13,134 EUR (2016)
Annual state support for film industry: 1.181 m EUR (2016)

Source: Georgian National Film Center

Georgia Admissions Top Ten 2016

TITLE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN ADMISSIONS
The Jungle Book USA 49,380
Suicide Squad USA 38,814
Zootopia USA 32,805
Deadpool USA 31,651
The Secret Life of Pets USA 30,680
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice USA 28,543
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them USA 27,892
Captain America: Civil War USA 26,514
Doctor Strange USA 26,349
The Revenant USA 25,930

 

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Partner links Georgia

Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia: www.mcs.gov.ge

Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University: www.tafu.edu.ge

Rustavi 2 Broadcasting Company: www.rustavi2.com

Imedi Media Holding: www.imedi.ge

Festivals in Georgia

Tbilisi International Film Festival, held annually in December, in Tbilisi

Batumi International Art-House Film Festival, held annually in September, in Batumi

International Festival of Animated Films "Topuzi", held annually in October, in Batumi

International Film Festival of Orthodox Films, held annually in October, in Batumi

International Student Film Festival "Amirani", held annually in May, in Tbilisi