TALLINN: Estonian film experienced a small renaissance over the past decade with Estonian directors winning prizes and kudos at festivals around the world. In 2007 at the height of the boom Estonia produced 11 feature films including Veiko Ounpuu's Autumn Ball and Ilmar Raag's The Class. At home the share of Estonian films at the domestic box office grew nearly fivefold from 47,000 tickets sold in 2004 to 223,000 tickets sold in 2007.

WARSAW: Nominations for the first-ever FNE Visegrad Prix for best feature coproduction from a Visegard country have been announced. The films are all screening in the CinePecs 2010 (4-10 October) feature film competition programme and the final selection will be made by the festival's main jury headed by Jiri Menzel and announced at the festival's closing ceremony.

The history of the success of Georgian Cinema dates back to the late 1920s, when a group of filmmakers made films which went on to become classics of Georgian Cinema. Director Kote Mikaberidze shot the film "Chemi Bebia" ("My Grandmother"), which is included in all the film archives of the world. In 1930 Mikheil Kalatozov (Kalatozishvili) screened the feature-documentary film "Jim Shvante" ("Salt to Svaneti") which was acknowledged as a world masterpiece of silent documentary.

TBILISI: On average Georgia releases about 8 feature full length films per year, out of which about 4 films are supported by the state subsidies through the Georgian National Film Center.

"Georgian film is a strange phenomenon. It is special, philosophically bright, sophisticated and at the same time childishly pure and innocent. There is everything in it that can make me cry and I have to say that it is not easy to make me cry". Federico Fellini

TBILISI: Street Days by Levan Koguashvili sold to Russia, Canada and USA

Georgian Films in the Focus of Montréal World Film Festival (August 26 – September 6)

This year Montréal World Film Festival hosts 4 student films as well as 2 professional full-length feature films from Georgia. Student films were filmed in frames of “Summer Film School” an educational project financed by GNFC in 2008-2009, which aimed at training and developing professional skills of Georgian film students.

Batumi International Art-house Film Festival

Batumi is a seaside city which presents an interesting international film festival, held for the 5th time in 2010. BIAFF is an annual event, one of the important cultural events in the country.

LONDON: Life Through Cinema: September brought Georgian films within the focus of London (23-26 September) as "Riverside Studio" hosted a festival of Georgian films.

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