Mission Statement CinéDOC-Tbilisi


CinéDOC-Tbilisi Documentary Film Festival is the first international film festival in the South of Caucasus that focuses on creative documentary. Thanks to the film screenings and discussions that place within the festival, the civil society and the attending audience is empowered to reflect on critical social issues.

The festival seeks to be a sustainable platform for regional and international documentary filmmakers, showcasing a compelling selection of thought-provoking documentary films. The festival emphasizes original storytelling, the art of cinema and personal engagement with filmmakers.

Our mission is to present a festival which celebrates and explores contemporary Georgian, regional and international documentary films with a unique program of screenings and special events, which aim to increase audience knowledge and participation. Our core values are advocating and promoting human rights and social rights in Georgia through documentary film screenings and discussions. We organize screenings and discussions in Tbilisi and Georgia’s regions, in partnerships with major civil society organisations. Moreover, we organize a CivilPitch during which civil society organisations present their projects to media professionals and potential donors.

We organize also workshops for film professionals from the Caucasus region. From storytelling to new TV-formats, we work on innovative training initiatives bringing the best international experts to our participants.

We work on building a strong regional identity in the Southern Caucasus, based on a unique film culture, on a common history and on similar cultural values. We organize each year a training for regional coordinators to which we invite also representatives of festivals
from Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Focus Caucasus – a regional platform and competition section for film-makers and producers from the Caucasus – is one of the most important sections within the frame of CinéDOC-Tbilisi. Thanks to this regional platform, cross-border dialogue and cooperation between film-makers is enhanced by supporting the documentary film culture in the South Caucasus.

A yearly Caucasus Documentary Summer School is organized, in order to build capacities of documentary film professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Last but not least, the year-long screening program “CinéDOC on Tour”, including a network of regional coordinators from the South Caucasus, is established and film screenings, followed by discussions, are held in different regions of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

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