PASHA Bank, a full service corporate bank, is supporting one of the most important cultural events in Tbilisi, the 15th Tbilisi International Film Festival (TIFF). The Festival will bring a festive mood to movie fans who will be able to enjoy the most important and controversial films of the year at the event held from 1-7 December.
The Festival will feature more than 120 films of various genres and formats which will be divided into the following sections: International Competition, Georgian Panorama, Forum of European Cinema, Films Across Borders, Made in Germany (in cooperation with loyal partner – the Goethe Institute), Country in Focus – Benelux countries, World in Docs, Director in Focus, Green Colour – Focused on the Environment, and others.
Awards will be distributed in two categories – International Competition and Georgian Panorama. Winners of the first category will receive a Prometheus, trophy, as a prize, while the winners of the second category – local film directors – will receive financing to travel to foreign festivals with their movies. PASHA Bank has special gifts for the winners – a trip to the Berlin International Film Festival.
The Festival will also provide workshops, lectures, Q&A sessions and panel discussions to encourage the involvement of domestic and international film professionals. The workshops’ participants will become acquainted with all fields of the film industry from scriptwriting to soundtracks, writing and selection.
PASHA Bank Georgia is presenting Georgian Panorama, a traditional section, presenting the most interesting Georgian films of the year. The programme is focused on supporting Georgian cinematographers to present their works to wider audiences.
Georgian Panorama will be held within the framework of full-length feature films in the competition. Seven Georgian films will take part. New nominations will be added to the section. Together with the Best Film and the Best Director, a Prometheus prize will be awarded for the best male and female performers.
In addition, there will be documentary and short feature films, where the latest works of Georgian directors will be presented.
On 27 November, representatives of the Festival together with honoured guests, including representatives of the British Council, Institute of Francais, Goethe Institute, Turkish Cultural Center, and the embassies of Turkey, Sweden and Poland arranged a press conference at the headquarters of PASHA Bank Georgia.
The honoured guests underlined the importance of TIFF for the whole industry.
„This is the first time, PASHA Bank Georgia supports the TIFF,” said Goga Japaridze, Commercial Director at PASHA Bank Georgia. “We are pleased to partner with TIFF in its mission of showcasing Georgian film industry. Apart from popularizing the local film industry the festival also provides an opportunity for wide range of audiences to view non-commercial production not readily accessible otherwise. Sponsoring Georgian Panorama is a great chance for us to take part in this great initiative, ”said Goga Japaridze.