See award-winning short films by Georgian directors screened in Tbilisi

A scene from Mariam Khachvani's short 'Dinola'. Screenshot from trailer., 16 Mar 2017 - 16:46, Tbilisi,Georgia

If you are in Tbilisi, you can catch nearly a dozen of the most acclaimed short films by Georgian directors and meet prominent filmmaker Mikheil Kobakhidze at a screening event this Saturday.

Award-winning shorts by directors including Mariam Khatchvani, Tornike Bziava and Nino Shaburishvili will be screened to the audience at the Artarea Gallery venue at 10 Dodo Abashidze Street.

Titled Short Circuit, the event will be hosted by Artarea multimedia project of culture and arts and Short Film Festival Short Circuit.

See the teaser for filmmaker Tornike Bziava's short 'The April Chill' below:

The screening will feature 11 contemporary short works and animations and invite director Mikheil Kobakhidze to attend as a special guest.

Two of Kobakhidze’s own films — his 1967 work Umbrella and 1962 production Carousel — will be part of the program to celebrate the directorial work of the filmmaker banned by Soviet cinema censors.

Born in Tbilisi, Kobakhidze graduated from the Moscow State Institute of Cinematography in 1965 and worked on film projects as director, screenwriter and composer in the 1960s.

Barred from directing in the USSR, Kobakhidze was celebrated in Europe, with the 1996 Venice Film Festival hosting a retrospective of his films. He resumed working on filmmaking in the 2000s.

A scene from the short 'Guest' by Nino Shaburishvili. Screenshot from trailer.

Other works showcased in the Short Circuit program will include the award-winning 16-minute work The April Chill by Tornike Bziava, honoured with the Jury Mention at the 2010 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France.

Mariam Khatchvani’s prize-winning short Dinola and Cannes Film Festival-screened Guest by Nino Shaburishvili will also be highlighted at the Artarea Gallery.

The full program of films is below:

  • Granny, directed by Sandro Katamashvili
  • The April Chill, directed by Tornike Bziava
  • Father, directed by Data Phirtskhalava
  • Dinola, directed by Mariam Khatchvani
  • Vacuum, directed by Dato Kiknavelidze
  • Lost Village, directed by by Giorgi Todria
  • Coffee Break, directed by by Giorgi Tavartkiladze
  • Guest, directed by Nino Shaburishvili
  • Watermelon, directed by Tato Kotetishvili
  • Umbrella, directed by Mikheil Kobakhidze
  • Carousel, directed by Mikheil Kobakhidze