Two Georgian short films in focus at top Dutch festival

The 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam will launch on January 27. Photo by, 21 Jan 2016 - 17:44, Tbilisi,Georgia

Two Georgian short films are in contention for awards at one of the largest industry-driven film festivals in the world, launching in the Netherlands next week.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to attend the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam, which will present close to 500 feature and short films from around the world.

This year the film festival will feature 'Ogasavara' by Vakhtang Kotetishvili and 'Father' by Davit Pirtskhalava within the Voices Short section of the 2016 event.

The two short films will screen within a program of 80 other short titles during the 12-day festival, which will open on January 27. Six locations in the Dutch city have been confirmed by organisers to host screenings and other festival activities, with more venues expected to be added in the coming days.

Watch the trailer for Ogasavara by Vakhtang Kotetishvili below:

'Father' will screen in Rotterdam on January 29 and 31 while cinema enthusiasts will be able to see 'Ogasavara' on January 30 and February 1.

Pirtskhalava's film 'Father' claimed an award within the International Contest at the 2015 Locarno International Film Festival while Kotetishvili's production screened at last year's Tbilisi International Film Festival.