TBILISI: The Film in Georgia 20-25% cash rebate programme was launched at the beginning of 2016. The programme, including a cash rebate offer, was recently renewed by the Government of Georgia, with a focus on the film industry promotion component, supporting the development of the local film industry and attracting foreign film production.

The Georgian National Film Center will present the Georgian stand at the Cannes Film Market (Marché du Film Online) for the fourteenth time from 6 to 17 July, where the team of the GNFC will work in the industrial direction. The GNFC will organise a variety of events, including meetings with film agents, educational organisations and representatives of film festivals like the Berlin, Locarno, San Sebastian and Trieste International Film Festivals.

TBILISI: The Georgian director Luka Berdadze has begun postproduction on the feature documentary Smiling Georgia, which he shot from October 2019 to November 2020 in Georgia. Additional scenes are scheduled to be shot in the summer of 2021. The film is a Georgian/German coproduction.

TBILISI: The Film in Georgia programme, including a cash rebate offer, is being renewed by the Government of Georgia, with a focus on the film industry promotion component, supporting the development of the local film industry and attracting foreign film production.

FNE correspondent and film critic Alexander Gabelia spoke to Georgian producer Tiko Nadirashvili, who works for Millimeter Film, about the challenges she has faced as a producer during the pandemic, as well as what is happening now that the Georgian film industry is beginning to recover from the pandemic. Tiko is a new board member of Atelier Network.

FNE correspondent and film critic Alexander Gabelia spoke to Lukas Gira, head of Marketing and Distribution at Continental Film, about the challenges Slovak distributors faced during the pandemic and the new post-pandemic environment for cinemas and distribution as the Slovak film industry begins to recover from the pandemic.

FNE correspondent and film critic Alexander Gabelia spoke to Hana Kutlikova, assistant manager at Artkino Metro, about the challenges Slovak cinemas are facing as they struggle to re-open. She shares her experiences as a Slovak art house cinema operator about the support of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and Europa Cinemas during the crisis, programming of Slovak and European films, the outlook for the future.

FNE correspondent and film critic Alexander Gabelia spoke to producer Wanda Adamík Hrycová, the President of the Slovak Film and Television Academy, and a member of the Association of Independent Producers, about the challenges she has faced as a producer during the pandemic, as well as on the challenges and activities of the film industry, on site as the Slovak film industry begins to recover from the pandemic.

TBILISI: The Georgian majority coproduction Brighton 4th by Levan Koguashvili won best film, best actor (Levan Tediashvili) and best script awards at the 20th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York (9-20 June 2021). The film also received an award from Netflix, which will contribute to its distribution.

TBILISI: The Greek-born Oscar-nominated cinematographer/director Phedon Papamichael is currently in postproduction with the thriller Light Falls, which he shot during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown in Greece in 2020. The film is a Georgian/Albanian/Greek coproduction with Georgia’s EnkenyFilms involved in the project.

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