18 October, 2019, Tbilisi – The Georgian Film Cluster has introduced a new platform for discussion of the current state of affairs in the Georgian film industry with a focus on the growing potential of this sector to contribute to overall economic development of Georgia. The Georgian Film Industry Conference was organised today by the Cluster at the Georgian Fine Arts Museum, binging together over 100 film professionals, entrepreneurs, Georgian government officials, representatives from international donor community and foreign missions. The Conference took place with support from the European Union and German Development Cooperation via GIZ.
Mr. Nikoloz Alavidze, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, H.E. Carl Hartzell, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia (and Ms. Katja Kammerer, Programme Director for GIZ Private Sector Development and TVET South Caucasus, delivered opening remarks. Event format included two discussion panels – one covering the roles of individual entrepreneurs as well as the Georgian Film Cluster in development of Georgian film industry and support from government via various initiatives and programmes, such as “Film in Georgia”.
Second panel was specifically targeting film industry professionals by sharing information about forthcoming support to the sector from international donors, international production highlights and rising opportunities for Georgian filmmakers to grow and expand their reach internationally, including by means of joining the Cluster.
"Culture and creativity have always been high on the EU agenda. Besides the intrinsic importance of culture, however, we also believe that Georgia's film and creative industries have significant economic potential, with every Euro spent on filmmaking bringing another five Euro into the economy, with spillover effect on other sectors such as tourism and hospitality. With our assistance to the Georgian Film Cluster and support to large scale industry events like this, we aim to accelerate this process so tangible effects can be felt in jobs and increased incomes." noted Ambassador Hartzell.
“This event gives us a unique opportunity to bring together all key players in the industry, respective governmental officials, representatives of the donor community, who are supporting or plan to support development of cooperative frameworks with creative industries. The Georgian Film Cluster seeks to become one of Europe’s leading film industry associations, attracting partnership, cooperation and investments. It is our hope that our membership will grow and include more professionals, both creative talent and entrepreneurs, who want to contribute to this growing industry.” – said David Vashadze, Director of Georgian Film Cluster.
The Georgian Film Cluster is positioning itself as an emerging force in the industry as it unites over 40 leading companies and professionals in the country’s audio-visual industry. The Cluster was established in 2017 with support from an EU-funded project “SME Development and DCFTA in Georgia”, implemented by GIZ on behalf of German government. Through this support, the Cluster members were enabled to drive their interests jointly, attend various workshops and trainings at leading European film institutions, participate in international film markets, connect with a wider range of international clients, including winning international film contracts.
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