Tbilisi International Animation Festival Announced the Winner
At the closing ceremony of the Tbilisi International Animation Festival, the jury announced the winning animated films. Awards established by the Georgian Film Academy for various nominations were given to student directors, including four Georgians, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth reports.
The international jury, along with other winners, identified the Grand Prix-winning animated film "Abandoned Village", directed by Mariam Kapanadze. The festival was held with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth and the National Film Center. The event closed with the new animated film of the Oscar-winning Norwegian studio, " Titina", with a demonstration. The Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Thea Tsulukiani attended the festive final part of the festival.
The Tbilisi International Animation Festival opened on November 2 at the "Amirani" cinema with the French animated film "Shum's Odyssey". The festival was held in Georgia for the fifth time with an updated and more diverse program. This year, as in previous years, he has aroused great interest in the international arena. At the first stage of the festival, a record number of applications - more than 2500 - were received from more than 100 countries. 187 full-length and short films from 46 countries were selected to be shown on 18 competitive and non-competitive programs.
The main target audience of the Tbilisi International Animation Festival is young people and adults, who have the opportunity to see the latest animated films from different countries on the big screen. This year, the festival offered several sections to the audience. In addition to competitive and non-competitive programs, the audience saw films recognized as world classics, got acquainted with animated works of different countries and attended master classes for young people conducted by international directors.
This festival is the only way for viewers of any age to get acquainted with modern, new animated films. It aims to present the international and local achievements of contemporary animation art and other related audio/visual art forms, popularize this unique field and promote its development in Georgia.
It is worth noting that the festival was not stopped even during the pandemic and it continued to function online.
The history of Georgian animation dates back to the 30s of the last century and at various stages of development offers the audience memorable stories, some of which are created under the influence of national motifs, using literary works, folklore or choreographic elements.
Even today, a number of high-level animated films are created in Georgia, which enjoy great popularity at international film festivals.