In Batumi the CinéDoc Tbilisi performed their International Documentary Film Festival with a competition for Georgian long documentary films as well as short. Below you will find the jury motivations:
BEST FILM FEATURE LENGTH COMPETITION: THE NORTHEASTERN WINDS – DIRECTED BY NIKOLOZ BEZHANISHVILI
The filmmaker has, with his patient observation, managed to truly capture the end of an era. With great sensitivity and care, this film conveys the deeply human desire to feel connected, and the difficulty of letting go. Documentary film at its best has the ability to put us into the shoes of someone who thinks completely differently from us, and to understand and emphasize with them. And this is exactly what this film does. The prize of the best Georgian feature documentary goes to…. The Northeastern Winds.
SPECIAL JURY MENTION FEATURE LENGTH COMPETITION: SMILING GEORGIA – DIRECTED BY LUKA BERADZE
This film throws us in the middle of some very absurd and funny situations, without ever portraying the protagonists in an undignified light. The filmmaker has found a local story to paint a universally recognizable picture of empty promises of those desiring power and fame, at the expense of those who are more disadvantaged. The special mention goes to…. Smiling Georgia
BEST FILM SHORT FILM COMPETITION: DREAM LAND – DIRECTED BY MARADIA TSAAVA
We were impressed by the quality of the short films’ selection, the diversity of themes, cinematic approach and the number of talented female directors that are emerging.
We’d like to recognize the quality of the Chai Khana production that is able to combine social issues and cinematic language with films that have a strong impact potential on the society.
Our award goes to a film that sets a personal and very intimate perspective that leads us to get to know a global issue. The youth generation is portrayed through the eyes of a young woman struggling to find her place in society.
The award goes to DREAM LAND by Maradia Tssava
SPECIAL JURY MENTION: TICK TOCK – DIRECTED BY NINIKO LEKISHVILI
The special jury mention for original forms of storytelling and self-expression will go to Niniko Lekishvili for the film “Tick Tock”.