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Batumi International Art-house Film Festival opens on September 15

By Mariam Chanishvili
Thursday, Setember 19
Batumi International Art-house Film Festival (BIAFF) kicked off on September 15. It will take place until September 22.

Festival is organized by “Batumi Art-house ARGANI,” and the official partner is Batumi City Hall.

BIAFF program consists of different sections, including the following: International Competition - Feature, Doc, Shorts, Master Collection, Georgian Panorama, Special Screenings, etc.

The festival also includes masterclasses, organized by festival guests.

Film screening locations include Cinema “Apollo,” Hotel “Wyndham” conference hall, OPEN AIR cinema at ERA Square.

BIAFF is also focused on providing a quality educational opportunity for those people interested in film and cinematography. It is an international event designed to enhance cultural exchange, understanding, and collaboration through the screening of new art house-house and non-commercial films from Georgia and abroad.

Film from International Feature Films Competition Section - Sweet End of Day, Jacek Borcuch, Poland, 2019 was screened on September 17. The film was about the stable family life of a poetess, which begins to fall apart as she makes a controversial speech to appreciation.

Open-air screening of Parade by Nino Zhvania also took place on September 17.

Within the frames of the festival, an exhibition by Rezo Esadze was opened on September 17 at Museum of Art of Adjara. Born on February 18, 1934, in Shemokmedi, Esadze is an actor and director, known for Neilonis nadzvis khe (1985), Chetyre stranitsy odnoy molodoy zhizni (1967) and Sekundomer (1971).

Batumi Art-House ARGANI was established in 2006 in Batumi.

The mission of Batumi Art-House ARGANI is the popularization of modern art/culture in Georgia through organizing various cultural events (festivals etc.), providing support to local young (and not only) people.

Beside the BIAFF film festival it has implemented several other projects, including French Film Club, “Capacity Development of Batumi Art-house ARGANI” supported by OSGF/Open Society Fund supported project, TV project “White Quadrant,” Art-in-Residence Project” funded by OSGF (Open Society of Georgia Fund).