Contributors' Details


Tamara Tatishvili (Editor). Director, Georgian National Film Center. In 2010 Tamara was appointed Director of Georgian National Film Center with the responsibility of providing state support for the development and promotion of Georgian cinema. She has co-authored the Georgian Film Strategy 2010-2012. Prior to her appointment, from 2008-2009, Tamara was based in London and worked as a consultant for BOP Consulting (research, strategy, planning and evaluation for culture, media, digital industries and innovation), where she worked on number of projects for UK Film Council, Film London, NESTA, Northern Film and Media. In 2004 Tamara co-founded and served as Executive Director of the “Independent Filmmakers’ Association—South Caucasus.” Tamara built an extensive network of film professionals to promote South-Caucasian cinema on regional and international levels. A lawyer by training, Tamara first joined the legal team at the Media Holding Company “I-media” and subsequently “Video International Georgia”. In 2004 Tamara undertook a year of training in film law and policy through the AVANTI program (organized by FOCAL). Shortly afterwards she obtained a certificate in Comparative Media Law and Policy Global Foundation Program from the University of Oxford. Tamara holds a postgraduate diploma in Public Policy and Democracy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and obtained an MA in Producing Film and TV from Royal Holloway, University of London.


Salome Sepashvili (Editor). Deputy Director, Georgian National Film Center. Salome has been involved in the South Caucasus audiovisual sector since 2006. In 2007-2009 she was Executive Director of the Independent Filmmakers Association—South Caucasus (IFA-SC), a transnational, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the film communities of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Since 2010 she has been working in the position of Deputy Director at the Georgian National Film Center (GNFC). Salome has a degree in Cultural Studies from Tbilisi State University of Culture and Art (Georgia) and professional certificates in Arts Administration and Marketing from New York University. Currently she is doing her M.A. in Business Administration at the Business School Netherlands.


Irina Demetradze is a graduate of the Film Institute VGIK (Russia) and holds a PhD in Art History. She is Associate Professor at the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University in Cinema Studies. She has written her dissertation on “Alternation of cultural dominants and social modeling of realities in Andrei Tarkovsky’s works”. She is the member of Vienna Film Museum. She is the author of about 50 scientific and newspaper articles. Her research concerns the social construction of reality according to a literary text; the verbal image of the world in terms of national-artistic dominants.


Mariam Kandelaki was born in 1969. She studied animation at the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University. In 2001 she attended the Animation TV Business School in Lübeck (Germany); and in 2002 she participated in the European Animation Masterclass, at F.A.M. Halle (Germany).
Since 1988 she has been working in the Film Studio KVALI as director, animator, art director, and producer. Since 2001 she has worked on various film and theatre productions in Georgia, Germany and the Netherlands.

Teo Khatiashvili is a film expert. In 1990 she graduated from Tbilisi State University in art history and theory. In 1998 she defended her doctoral thesis on the topic of the mythological-metaphoric world of Sergo Parajanov. She is associate professor at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University. In recent years she has been exploring gender aspects in film. She is a member of Georgian Cinematographers’ Creative Union.


Lela Ochiauri has graduated in art history from Tbilisi Art Academy; she then was a researcher at the Institute of Film History and Theory (1981-2), qualifying as a film expert. She holds a PhD and since 1982 she has worked at the University of Theatre and Film, both as researcher and as professor, lecturing on film theory and criticism, film history and journalism. Since 1996 she is editor and culture columnist of the newspaper Resonance. She writes for a range of Georgian magazines. In 2005 she obtained her doctorate with a thesis on “Poetic Tendencies in Georgian Film of the 60-70s.” She has been the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Galaktioni since 2010. She has also edited collections of essays, and she is the author of the following books: Gogi Ochiauri (2008); Otar Ioseliani “Story-Board” (2008); The Sculpture and Art of Gogi Ochiauri (Nova Science Publishers, NY, 2011). Her research focuses on Georgian and European cinema of the 1960s-1980s; the latest film processes; mythological aspects in cinema; national concept in culture.


Zaza Rusadze was born in Tbilisi in 1977. In 1996 he was accepted as the youngest student at the Konrad Wolf Film School (HFF) in Potsdam in the directing class, and he moved to Germany. In 2003 Rusadze received his degree in directing. He has worked as assistant director on film sets of Ineke Smits, Dito Tsintsadze and Otar Ioseliani. He has published articles on cinema in Georgian magazines. In 2007 Rusadze founded the film production and distribution company Zazarfilm in Tbilisi and splits his time between Europe and his home country since. Zaza is currently in production with his feature debut entitled A Fold in My Blanket, starting to shoot September 2011.