Director of Georgia’s Oscar-contender film 'Shindisi' wins best director award at Asian World Film Fest

The 92nd Academy Awards will be held in February 2020, where Dito Tsintsadze’s Shindisi will be presented.  Photo: Georgian National Film Centre., 15 Nov 2019 - 11:58, Tbilisi,Georgia

Dito Tsintsadze, director of Georgia’s Oscar-contender film Shindisi, has won the best director award at the Asian World Film Festival [AWFF] held in Los Angeles, Hollywood, between 6-14 November, the Georgian National Film Centre reported earlier today.

The Asian Film Festival, founded by Asian Film Festival Committee and the American International Chamber of Commerce, is an international non-profit organisation which champions films from over 50 countries across Asia.

All films that participate in the festival will have a unique chance to be guided through the challenging awards season, and showcased to members of the Motion Picture Academy, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and all guilds for enhanced exposure, media attention and awards consideration,” AWFF says.

The 5th annual Asian World Film Festival has selected over 25 films that have qualified for Best International Feature Film competition at one or both of Hollywood's major award events, the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.

Shindidi is about the 2008 August War between Russia and Georgia.

Shindisi is a village where one of the crucial battles took place between the Russian and Georgian troops on August 11, 2008 and claimed the lives of 17 Georgian soldiers.

The 20-member cast underwent training at the base of the Georgian Defence Ministry for fighting scenes.

Actors Goga Pipinashvili and Dato Bakhtadze play the leading roles in the film.