By Tamara Tatishvili and Salome Sepashvili

“Georgian film is a completely unique phenomenon, vivid, philosophically inspiring,
very wise, childlike. There is everything that can make me cry
and I ought to say that it (my crying) is not an easy thing”
Federico Fellini

We are delighted with your interest in the various articles of this special issue, highlighting Georgian film culture.

Over the last 100 years film was a major pillar of Georgian culture. It is a nationally recognized art form and remains at the forefront of cultural promotion. This introduction does not wish to burden the reader with excursions into Georgian film history in Soviet times, nor is it intended to justify the ten years of stagnation, which the sector faced in the 90s. Neither do we want to ascertain here the vibrant future of Georgian cinema. A range of solid articles will speak of these issues and raise questions about even more complex issues.

We only wish to assure our readers that Georgian film is alive. It has a strong national identity and acts as a major ambassador for our nation. For a small country like Georgia, the film domain is exceptionally important for cross-cultural dialogue and international cooperation.
Therefore the Georgian National Film Center has accepted the kind offer of KinoKultura and worked enthusiastically on this special issues devoted to Georgian cinema. The Georgian National Film Center management, as well as individual authors, are keen to deliver our messages to an international readership, to friends, professional partners or just curious cultural surfers.

We come from a strong film history, we work hard to mobilize new talents of Georgia, we act, we shoot, we discuss and we argue. When it is about promotion of our films, we are simply united! When reading the articles in this special issue, it will become clear how we analyze our past; what Georgian filmmakers are afraid of; what our current ambitions are … And, if there are more questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Georgian National Film Center.