FNE Podcast: Kutaisi ISFF 2021: Nini Shvelidze, International Programme Coordinator

FNE correspondent Alexander Gabelia spoke to Nini Shvelidze, International Programme Coordinator of the Kutaisi International Film Festival, about the first edition of the KISFF, which is finally taking place in…

Georgia Connect Plans Massive Outreach Campaign to Promote Filming in Georgia

TBILISI: Georgia Connect, which is an agency that promotes filming opportunities in Georgia launched by the producer Nika Apriashvili in Berlin in February 2021, plans a massive outreach campaign to…

FESTIVALS: Kutaisi ISFF 2021 Announces New Dates for Physical Edition

TBILISI: The first edition of the Kutaisi International Short Film Festival, which was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is finally taking place in a physical format 8–12…

OBITUARY: Georgian Actor Kakhi Kavsadze

TBILISI: Legendary Georgian actor Kakhi Kavsadze (85) died of Coronavirus complications on 27 April 2021. Kavsadze was a leading actor at the Shota Rustaveli State Drama Theatre and starred in…

FNE Podcast: Georgian Cinemas Re-Open: Gvantsa Garmelia: Cavea Cinemas

FNE spoke to Gvantsa Garmelia Marketing Co-Director for Cavea Georgian cinemas about the challenges Georgian cinemas are facing as they struggle to re-open. Georgian cinemas re-opened on 8 April after…

Georgia Re-Opens Cinemas

TBILISI: Cinemas in Georgia, which have been closed since mid-March 2020, will re-open at 50% of their capacity on 8 April 2021.

Cercamon Acquires Rights to Alexander Koberidze’s What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

TBILISI: Alexander Koberidze’s feature film What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?, which had its world premiere in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, has been acquired…

FNE Podcast: Vladimer Katcharava: 20 Steps Productions

FNE spoke to one of Georgia’s leading producers Vladimer Katcharava, who heads 20 Steps Productions, about the challenges he has faced during the past year as a producer during the…

FNE Podcast: SOFA Tbilisi Workshop 2021: Tamara Tatishvili Regional Coordinator and Mentor

BRUSSELS: FNE spoke to Tamara Tatishvili - Regional Coordinator and Mentor about the 2021 edition of the SOFA (School of Film Advancement) Tbilisi Workshop 2021. She talks about the lessons…

Tea Tsulukiani Appointed New Georgian Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth

TBILISI: Tea Tsulukiani was appointed by the Parliament as the Minister of the newly created Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth of Georgia on 19 March 2020. Tsulukiani will take…

SOFA Tbilisi Workshop 2021 Goes Digital

TBILISI: The SOFA – School for Film Advancement’s Tbilisi Workshop will be held online for the second year, from 22 – 26 March 2021.

Dogwoof Acquires Salome Jashi’s Documentary Taming the Garden

TBILISI: Salome Jashi’s documentary film Taming the Garden has been acquired by the film-distribution company Dogwoof for the UK. Toronto-based Syndicado Film Sales brokered the deal.

GNFC Restores 1920s Georgian Films and Announces Future Plans

TBILISI: The Georgian National Film Center is in the midst of a major programme to restore some of the earliest films by Georgian filmmakers.

FNE at Berlinale 2021: Georgia’s What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? Premieres in Berlinale Main Competition

TBILISI: The German/Georgian coproduction What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? by Alexander Koberidze will vie in the main competition of the Berlinale, which will hold a…

FNE Market Analysis 2020: GEORGIA

TBILISI: Georgia was strongly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, which shut down cinemas and film production for most of 2020, but Georgian films received new awards at international festivals. Georgian…

PRODUCTION: Soso Chkaidze’s TV Series/Feature Film Completed After 40 Years

TBILISI: Georgian film director Soso Chkhaidze's TV series/feature film Shvidkaca is being completed posthumously almost 30 years after the director’s death, and more than 40 years after he began filming.…

Georgian/French Coproduction Beginning Acquired by MUBI

TBILISI: Dea Kulumbegashvili’s film Beginning has been acquired by the streaming platform Mubi for the USA and UK (Svod Release). This Georgian/French coproduction was selected for Cannes 2020 Official Selection.…

BOX OFFICE: Box Office and Admissions in Georgia Show Huge Decline in 2020

TBILISI: The total 2020 box office in Georgia decreased by 86% from 4,145,123 EUR / 13,264,395 GEL in 2019 to 564,637 EUR / 2,258,549 GEL in 2020, as a consequence…

PRODUCTION: Georgian Director Gela Kandelaki in Production With The Thought

TBILISI: The notable Georgian film and theatre director and producer Gela Kandelaki is currently in production with his documentary film The Thought. The first shoot took place in 2011-2012 in…

OBITUARY: Aleksandre (Sasha) Rekhviashvili

TBILISI: Georgian classic film director, cinematographer and writer Aleksandre (Sasha) Rekhviahsvili died on 10 December 2020 at the age of 82. The premiere of his last film, the documentary Reviving…