VALLETTA: A sound stage and an environment-controlled indoor water tank will be built at the Malta Film Studios in Kalkara following a project approved by the Planning Authority.

VENICE: FNE has teamed up with FIPRESCI critics attending the Venice Film Festival to rate the films in the Main Competition, Orizzonti, Venice Days and Critics Week giving the films 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. 5 is the best and 1 is the worst. The ratings give an overview of critics’ opinions from a large number of countries and provide insights to what critics in many different countries think about the programme.

RIGA: The autobiographical history drama January by Viesturs Kairišs has been selected as Latvia’s candidate for the 95th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the Best International Feature Film category. The film is a tri-country coproduction between Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

The 17th Batumi International Art-house Film Festival will be held in Batumi during 18-25 September. Batumi International Film Festival was established in 2006. Organizer of the film festival - Batumi House of Artists "Argani".

Film Screenings will take place at Apollo Cinema and Europe Square. The film festival will feature 30 full-length feature and documentary films from more than 30 countries, as well as 25short films.

This year BIAFF is facing very difficult financial situation – all major government sponsors (Ministry of Culture of Georgia, Georgian National Film Center, Ministry of Culture of Ajara region, Batumi city hall) refused to finance the BIAFF festival which never happened in past years.

Regardless this difficulties, BIAFF festival management still manages to held the festival with support of several embassies, some foreign partners and via FUNDRAISING campaign (see - https://bit.ly/biaffsupportcampaign ) to collect minimum fund which is necessary to cover some basic costs.

BIAFF film festival’s program consists of both competition and non-competition sections. Bellow is the full line-up: 

BIAFF   Feature Films Competition section

BIAFF feature films will be assessed by the following Jury – Lech Majewsky (Poland) – Head of Jury, Carmen Grey (Germany),  Lasha Khalvashi, Nino Basilia, Gela Babluani (Georgia).

Ten films will be presented in this section: 

  1. “19”, Manijet Heckmat, Iran/Germany, 2022; 75 min.
  2. “Klondike”, Maryna Er Gorbach, Turkey/Ukraine, 2021; 100 min.
  3. “Kerr”, Tayfun Pirselimoglu, Turkey/Greece/France, 2022; 100 min.
  4. “A Piece of Sky”, Michael Koch, Switzerland/Germany, 2022; 137 min.
  5. “Una Feminna – The Code of Silence”, Francesco Costabile, Italy, 2022; 120 min.
  6. “Four Walls”, Bahman Gobhadi, Turkey/UK, 2021; 114 min.
  7. “A Fleeting Encounter”, Romed Wyder, Switzerland, Luxembourg, 2022, 85 min
  8. “Sermon to the Fish”, Hilal Baydarov, Azerbaijan, Mexico, Switzerland, Turkey, 2022; 90 min
  9. „Herd Immunity“, Adilkhan Yerzhanov, Kazakhstan/France, 2021; 94 min.
  10. 10.“A room of My Own”, Soso Bliadze, Georgia, Germany, 2022, 107 min.

BIAFF   Short Films Competition section - BIAFF short films will be assessed by the following Jury – Zurab Tsintskiladze (Georgia), Ileana Stanculescu (Romania), Tornike Gogrichiani (Georgia).

Twenty films will be presented in this section:

  1. “Axel”, Levan Uchaneishvili, Georgia, 2022; 30 min.
  2. “Easter”, Nikoloz Verdzadze, Georgia, 2022; 25 min.
  3. “My Friend Andro”, Katalyna Bakradze, Georgia, 2022; 14 min.
  4. “Ronin’s Confession”, Giorgi Khukhunaishvili, Georgia, 2022; 10 min.
  5. „Without a Promise, Tati Baramia, Georgia, 2022; 13 min.
  6. “Zebra”, Sandro Naveriani, Georgia, 2022; 12 min.
  7. “And Then They Burn the Sea”, Majid Al-Remaihi, Qatar, 2021; 12 min.
  8. “Concertina”, Gabriel Gonzalez Acosta, Mexico, 2022; 13 min.
  9. “Curupira and the machine of the destiny”, Janaina Wagner, France/Brazil, 2021; 25 min.
  10. “Devil”, Jan Bujnowski, Poland, 2022; 19 min.
  11. “Freaking awesome life”, Hana Jalali, Ukraine/Iran, 2022’ 15 min.
  12. “It is quiet here”, Novruz Hikmet / Olena Podolianko , Ukraine, 2022; 12 min.
  13. “Khadiga”, Morad Mostafa, Egypt, 2022; 20 min.
  14. “Light Incredibly Light”, Antimo Campanile, Italy, 2021; 15 min.
  15. “Moune Ô”, Maxime Jean-Baptiste, Belgium/French Guiana/France, 2022; 16 min.
  16. “Nothing To See Here”, Nicolas Bouchez, Portugal, 2022; 16 min.
  17. “On Xerxes’ Throne”, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Greece, 2022; 15 min.
  18. “Scale”, Joseph Pierce , France / UK / Belgium / Czech Republic, 2022; 15 min.
  19. “The Distance of Time”, Carlos Ormeño Palma, Peru, 2021; 19 min.
  20. “The Rat”, Zhantemir Baimukhamedov, Kazakhstan, 2022; 28 min.

MASTERS Collection

  1. “Leonora Addio”, Paolo Taviani, Italy, 2022, 90 min.
  2. “Brigitte Bardot Forever”, Lech Majewski, Poland, 2021; 122 min.
  3. “Eo”, Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland/Italy, 2022, 86 min.
  4. “Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania”, Jonas Mekas, Lithuania/USA, 1972; 82 min.
  5. “Triangle of Sadness, Ruben Östlund, Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark, 2022, 142 min.
  6. “Tori & Lokita”, Jean-Pierre Dardenne/Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France, 2022; 88 min.

FOCUS ON UKRAINE

  1. “Klondike”, Maryna Er Gorbach, Turkey/Ukraine, 2021; 100 min.
  2. “Mariupolis 2, Mantas Kvedaravičius/Hanna Bilobrova , Lithuania/France/Germany,2022; 112 min.
  3. “One day in Ukraine”, Volodymyr Tykhyy, Ukraine/Poland, 2022, 77 min.
  4. “Reflection”, Valentyn Vasyanovych, Ukraine, 2021, 125 min

GEORGIAN PANORAMA

  1. “Fourth Brighton”, Levan Koghuashvili, Georgia/USA, 2021; 90 min.
  2. “Scraps From an Incinerated Diary”, Gio Mgeladze, Georgia/Nepal/Italy/USA, 2022; 67 min.
  3. “Musketeer's Tbilisi”, George Chumburidze, Georgia, 2022, 58 min.
  4. “Chemical Marriage”, Nino Basilia, Georgia/Germany, 2022, 80 min.
  5. “Casus Beli”, Maciej Maciejowski, Poland, 2022; 70 min.
  6. “Heatwave”, Tornike Gogrichiani, Georgia, 2021; 24 min
  7. “Beyond the War”, Mertsia Kutateladze, Georgia, 2022; 8 min.
  8. “Incident” Amiko Qavtaradze, Georgia, 2022; 15 min.
  9. “Many Timer”, Set of Short films by Eldar Shengelaia, Georgia, 2022; 58 min.

CINE-DOC TBILISI FESTIVAL’s Films

  1. “A Stage”, George Varsimashvili, Georgia, 2022, 85 min
  2. “Nelly and Nadine”, Magnus Gertten, Sweden/Belgium/ Norway, 2022, 92 min
  3. “Atonal Glow”, Alexander Koridze, Georgia, 2022, 66 min
  4. “Respublika”, Khvicha Emiridze and Tinatin Emiridze, Georgia, 2022, 70 min
  5. “The Christmas Tree Case”, Anzhela Frangyan, Armenia, 2021, 47 min
  6. “Water Has No Border”, Maradia Tsaava, Georgia/France, 2021, 85 min
  7. “Sweeping Yerevan”, Nairi Hakhverdi, Armenia/France, 2020, 53 min
  8. “5 Dreamers and a Horse”, Vahagn Khachatryan, Armenia, 2022, 82 min
  9. “Hey, Gunesh!”, Anna Jegnaradze, Marita Tevzadze, Georgia, 2021, 22 min
  10. “With a Dash of Humor and Numbing Grief”, Lala Aliyeva, Azerbaijan, 2021, 17 min
  11. “Men and Reptiles”, Nurlan Hasanli, Azerbaijan, 2022, 15 mi
  12. “Collective”, Alexander Nanau, Romania/Luxemburg, 2019, 109 min
  13. “Varda by Agnès”, Agnès Varda, France, 2019, 115 min

Festival Supporters –  Embassy of Switzerland, French Institute, Embassy of Italy, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of Lietuva, Batumi Puppet Theatre
Festival Sponsors – Cinema APOLLO, hotel “Admiral“,   ART ITALY GROUP, Mareteli Friends Winery, Marketing company “SHINDI”
Festival Media Partners – Georgian Public Broadcaster, Radio Fortuna/Fortuna+, Adjara TV, Batumi TV, Podcast Batumi, Film New Europe (www.filmneweurope.com), AT.GE, Newspaper BATUMELEBI, netgazeti.ge, CinExpress.ge
Festival partners for presenting films – Matchfactory, New Europe Film Sales, Arizona Productions, Hanwayfilms, DirectoryFilms, ArtHood Entertainment, Asian Shadows, Irimage

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Web: www.biaff.org, www.facebook.com/biaffbatumi

PRAGUE: One Life, a biopic of Nicholas Winton, who helped rescue almost 699 children on the eve of WWII (including the film director Karel Reisz), is currently shooting in Prague. The film stars Sir Anthony Hopkins and Johnny Flynn, and it is directed by Aisling Walsh.

VILNIUS: Twelve projects have been selected for the 10th edition of the Baltic Pitching Forum, set to take place in Vilnius 5 – 8 October 2022. The forum welcomes participants from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, alongside guest country Norway, and it will also provide open lectures on short film production, coproduction and sustainability.

TBILISI: Adjaranet and iMovies, two of the most popular streaming websites in Georgia, which were acting illegally, were shut down on 23 August 2022. Their closing came a week after cinema chain Cavea announced its new legal streaming service Cavea+.

ZAGREB: Safe Place / Sigurno mjesto, the first feature film by Croatian director Juraj Lerotić, has been acquired by Cercamon. The film is a Croatian coproduction produced in collaboration with Slovenia.

PRAGUE: Rupert Sanders' The Crow reboot is currently shooting in the capital of the Czech Republic. The film stars Bill Skarsgard, FKA Twigs (Tahliah Debrett Barnett) and Danny Huston.

PRAGUE: A new independent cinema Kino Balt has become operational in the historic centre of Prague, in a building from 1853.