CinéDOC-Tbilisi is the only international documentary film festival of the Caucasus region. The festival’s first four editions took place in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The fifth edition of the festival will take place from 11 – 16 May 2017 in the cinemas Rustaveli, Amirani and Kolga located in the centre of Tbilisi. Additional venues of the festival are Backstage76, Mziuri, the Open Society Georgia Foundation and the Frontline Club.
CinéDOC-Tbilisi is the first film festival in Georgia to be supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and is followed by a year-long screening tour in all regions of Georgia, in the framework of CinéDOC-On Tour.
The audience attending CinéDOC-Tbilisi screenings has the chance to view a variety of documentary films with a unique directing vision, an original visual style, sympathetic protagonists and powerful stories. The film screenings are followed by Q&A sessions and debates with the invited filmmakers, master classes with renowned film professionals, open sessions with international guests.
In 2016 we have introduced a new competition section: CivilDOC. Films selected for this section deal with human rights and social rights and we also organize a pitching forum (Civil Pitch) for Georgian NGOs to present the projects they work on to Georgian documentary filmmakers.
The festival also presents local and regional productions in the competitive section “Focus Caucasus” with documentaries selected from the following countries: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey.
Moreover, each year, the documentary culture and documentary film industry of one particular country is highlighted in the side section: “Guest Country”.
Moreover, we organize workshops and industry meetings for young documentary filmmakers and producers. We invite experienced documentary professionals from all over the world to attend project development and presentation sessions in Tbilisi. Some of the invited experts who’ve attended our industry sections were: Katja Wildermuth (commissioning editor, MDR), Paul Pauwels (director EDN), Simone Baumann (producer, Germany), Luciano Barisone (festival director), Emilie Kleinmann (Arte, France), Uldis Cekulis (producer, Latvia), Isabel Arrate Fernandez (IDFA Bertha Fund), Tue Steen Mueller (documentary expert, Denmark), Peter Symes (producer, UK), Hans Robert Eisenhauer (producer, Germany), etc.
Last but not least, we organize screenings for children and teenagers through our CinéDOC-Young program and showcase films throughout Georgia in the framework of CinéDOC-Young on Tour.