PASHA Bank, a full service corporate bank, sponsor of Georgian Panorama, on 15th Tbilisi International Film Festival, awarded “I am Beso” by Lasha Tskhvitinidze as the winner of the Georgian National Competition. The 15th TIFF took place during the first week of December. Contributing to the development of film industry in Georgia was the main motivator for the bank for sponsoring one of the most important cultural events in Tbilisi.
TIFF awards were distributed in two categories – International Competition and Georgian Panorama. The producer and director of the best Georgian film received a special gift from PASHA Bank – a trip to the Berlin International Film Festival.
“We are glad that we had the opportunity to support Georgian cinematography via Tbilisi International Film Festival, specifically Georgian Panorama. We look forward to witnessing development of this industry in your country,” said Shahin Mammadov, CEO at PASHA Bank Georgia.
“Georgian cinematography has a long history. In Soviet times Georgian cinema was known across as being vibrant and creative. The Italian director Federico Fellini once described it as “a strange phenomenon, special, philosophically light, sophisticated, and at the same time, childishly pure.” But the economic breakdown which followed Georgian independence has made it very difficult to make films, although recently, the quality and frequency of Georgian filmmaking is becoming more and more promising and the films that we saw on this festival is one more proof of that,” Mammadov commented.