On September 15, the Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (BIAFF) will begin in Georgia. For 14 years, the festival in the Black Sea city of Batumi has offered the public the opportunity to see the latest international arthouse productions. In the three competitions - Feature Film, Documentary Film and Short Film - which characterize the festival, nine prizes are awarded. BIAFF will be showing a total of almost 70 films on eight days.
As part of the festival, film journalists from the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia will come together for a four-day workshop. Under the title "Social discourse through film journalism", participants from all areas of the media will be sensitised to the example of reference films from the film programme for differentiated reporting on films that transport and discuss civil society values. Under the direction of Vladan Petković (film critic, journalist, curator, translator) and Jörg Taszman (film journalist, curator and consultant of the FFC), they will be made aware of possibilities to accompany and promote civil society processes through film analysis or with the help of analytical articles and contributions on filmic trends.
The workshop is a cooperation of the FilmFestival Cottbus with the Batumi International Art House Film Festival and will be continued in November at the 29th FFC.
The series of events is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.