FNE at Tbilisi IFF 2019: Dito Tsintsadze’s Inhale-Exhale Wins Top Prize

Inhale-Exhale by Dito Tsintsadze Inhale-Exhale by Dito Tsintsadze credit: Cinetech Film Production

TBILISI: Inhale-Exhale by the acclaimed Georgian-born Berlin-based director Dito Tsintsadze was awarded best feature film at the 20th edition of the Tbilisi International Film Festival. The festival ran from 1 to 8 December 2019.

For the third time, the Delegation of the European Union in Georgia together with the festival also announced the Human Rights in Film Award, that went to Uta Beria's debut feature Negative Numbers, which screened in the Georgian Panorama section.

The Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) awarded GEL 20,000 to short and documentary winners. This is the third year that the Georgian National Film Center has held the Write on Georgian Cinema, a competition for undergraduate and postgraduate students of film studies at Georgian universities. This year's winners were Giorgi Javakhishvili, Levan Abdushelishvili and Zaza Tsankashvili. The film company Tera Incognita Films gave a special film camera award to two directors, Dito Tsintsadze (Inhale-Exhale) and Uta Beria (Negative Numbers).

Alongside its regular sections (Horizons, Forum of European Cinema, Made In Germany) the festival focused this year on British cinema and the Mexican director Carlos Reygadas.

The festival’s Prometheus Award for contribution to filmmaking was awarded to Mexican director Carlos Reigadas and Georgian director and screenwriter Irakli Kvirikadze.


Best Feature Film:
Inhale-Exhale (Georgia, Russia)
Directed by Dito Tsintsadze
Produced by Cinetech Film Production
Coproduced by Viva Films
Supported by the Georgian National Film Center and Eurimages

Best Documentary:
Before Father Gets Back (Georgia, France, Germany)
Directed by Mari Gulbiani

Best Short Film:
Fatherland (Georgia)
Directed by Giorgi Sikharulidze

Human Rights in Film Award:
Negative Numbers (Georgia, France, Italy)
Directed by Uta Beria
Produced by Magnet films
Coproduced by Alief, Wide Management, 39Films
Supported by the Georgian National Film Center and Eurimages