We are especially pleased this year to have put together an industry program that includes an array of interesting master classes, trainings, panel discussions a truly unique pitching presentation. As well as catering for media professionals we have many opportunities for our audience to get closer to the films and filmmakers presented in the festival. The festivals off-screen activities are designed to inspire you and include you in topical discussions and conversations with directors and protagonists. (Watching a documentary is not a passive experience)
We have the great pleasure to partner with Chai Khana this year and to highlight the work of online bloggers and filmmakers of the Caucasus. Chai Khana will sponsor the “Focus Caucasus Award” and will present a collection of its best shorts produced for its online platform. Chai Khana, the winner of the 2015 EU Prize for Journalism – for most informative online media, and the International ADAMI Prize for Cultural Diversity in Eastern Europe, is a multi-media platform seeking to revitalise the development of independent media in the South Caucasus for a more informed and engaged citizenry. Chai Khaნa provides cross-border journalistic trainings and online publishing for issue-based multi-media coverage in the South Caucasus. Best of Chai Khana is a selection of films that are connected to the ‘War aftermath’ or ‘war effects’ theme. The film screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with all directors.
Lesser known Abkhaz – directed by Keti Gigashvili (Georgia)
Forbidden Friends – directed by Nvard Hovhannisyan (Armenia) and
Lala Aliyeva (Azerbaijan)
Hospital – the Next Frontline – directed by Maka Gogaladze (Georgia)
Parents – directed by Keti Gigashvili (Georgia)
Gaspari – directed by Arus Hakobyan (Armenia)