Maiden Kutaisi International Short Film Festival set for run in May

A still from '12 K. Marx Street' by Irine Jordania, one of the works selected for the main programme. Photo via Georgian National Film Centre., 22 Apr 2021 - 16:37, Tbilisi,Georgia

The first edition of the Kutaisi International Short Film Festival in Georgia's west will run in May with a programme involving 15 works in the main competition plus other selections.

Initially planned for 2020, the inaugural festival had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the organisers have decided to make the plans firm by setting the May 8-12 as the confirmed dates of the event.

Its international competition will include works from across the world, from Yuichiro Nakada's Goodbye My Son to Personae by French director Rémy Rondeau and 12 K. Marx Street by Georgia's Irine Jordania.

In 'Epilogue', director Arkadiusz Bartosiak's lens follows a dog in a deserted city. Photo via IMDB.

In the other section, designed for "super shorts", 26 films will be screened to enthusiasts of short-form cinema, with the selection including Epilogue by Poland's Arkadiusz Bartosiak, Argentinian filmmaker Sofia Castro's Maids and In a Shell directed by Georgian director Levan Gelashvili.

The former section involves works with the runtime between 10-30 minutes, while the latter features films only spanning between 1-5 minutes. Two prizes will be handed out by the jury of the festival for the respective programmes.

The festival has been designed with an aim of diversifying the Georgian cinema scene by moving away from the model of film events being usually centred around capital Tbilisi. The western Georgian hub of Kutaisi has been chosen as the host city for the project.