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BIAFF(Batumi International Art-house Film Festival) was established in 2006 and itis becoming one of the major international cultural events in Georgia.  The founder and organizer of festival isBatumi Art House ARGANI. The festival is focusing on Art-house cinema. Itsmajor goal is to be an international event designed to enhance cultural exchange, understanding, andcollaboration between film makers, producers and film critics from variouscountries.

During past years the honorary guestsof festival were - Krzystof Zanussi, Zbygnev Rybchinski, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, JerzySturr (Poland), Pawel Pawlikoski (UK), Jos Stelling (Nethelands), AbassKiarostami, Manijet Hekmat,   RamtinLavafipour (Iran), Sidiqq Barmak (Afghanistan), Mikheil Kobakhidze(France/Georgia), Nino Kirtadze (France/Georgia) etc.



BIAFF VI will take place during in Batumi - 17-24 September, 2011



BIAFF program outline for 2011


1. Opening and closing film

2. International feature competition 

3. International Documentary films competition 

4. Silk Road countries (Turkey, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan)

5. German Cinema 

6. Georgian Cinema 


9. MEET THE JURY section 

10. Young film makers / Students section (competition) - 30 films (short films)


BIAFF International Competition Nomination Awards:

1. Grand Prix

2. Best film director

3. Best feature film

4. Best Documentary film

5. Best male actor

6. Best female actor


And special additional prizes:

- Award for lifetime achievement in world cinema (foreign film maker)

- Award for outstanding contribution in cinematography (Georgian film maker)

- Special prize of BIAFF committee 


BIAFF Young film makers / students films section awards

- Grand Prix

- Best film

- Best film director 



BIAFF 2009 awards

BIAFF AWARDS (main competition)

1. Grand Prix - “Opium War” by Siddiq barmak, Afghanistan, 2009

2. Best Feature Film – “Scratch” by Michał Rosa, Poland, 2008

3. Best Documentary Film - “Letters to the President” by Petr Lom (US/Norway), 2008

4. Best Film Director – “Volchok”, by Vasili Sigarev, Russia, 2009

5. Best Male Actor - Parviz Parastui in film of Abdolrea Kahani “Twenty” , Iran, 2009

6. Best Female Actor – Megi Kobaladze in film of Alper Ozcan “Autumn”, Turkey, 2008

7. Special prize of Jury - “The Living” by Sergey Bukovski, Ukraine, 2008

8. Special Mention – “Zift” by Javor Gardev, Bulgaria 2009

9. Special Mention - “Women from Georgia” by Levan Koguashvili, Georgia, 2008

10. Special prize of direction BIAFF – Wlodzimierz Niederhaus

BIAFF Lifetime achievement award (Georgian film maker) - Mikheil Kobakhidze

BIAFF Lifetime achievement award (Foreign film maker) - Jos Stelling

BIAFF AWARDS (Young Film Makers’ competition)

Grand Prix - “One day after 10th day” by Narges Abyar, Iran, 2008
Best Feature Film - “Because There Are Things We Never Forget”, by Lucas Figueroa, Spain
Best Film Director - Agnieszka Smoczyńska for film “Aria Diva”; Poland, 2009
Special Mention – “Bloessam” by Tess Löwenhardt, Netherlands, 2009
Prize of SANGUKO film studio “The new vision” - “The First Film” by Panah Panahi, Iran, 2008


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