TaobaFF 2021

Festival Screenings – Taoba 2021

Free screening

September 25

Jim Button and the Wild 13
Germany, 2021, 109 min

Director: DENNIS GANSEL

Georgian premiere

International Competition of Short Films​

September 26

Meow
Russia, 2021, 10 min
Director: Vasily Sherbakov

A Roofless House
Islamic Republic of Iran, 2020, 19 min
Director: Shayan Shahverdi

Melanie
Netherlands, 2021, 17 min
Director: Reinout Hellenthal

Viewpoint
Islamic Republic of Iran, 2020, 5 min
Director: Mohsen Mohammadi

Blue Dog
France, 2018, 17 min
Directors: Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh
In partnership with Institut français de Géorgie

September 27

The School Bus
Turkey, 2019, 14 min
Director: Ramazan Kılıç

To the Seventh
Greece, 2020, 4 min
Director: Konstantina Papadopoulou

Alighting for Lola
Singapore, 2021, 18 min
Director: Kaizerin L. Tanzil

Degas and Me
France, 2019, 20 min
Director: Arnaud Des Pallières
In partnership with Institut français de Géorgie

Eight
France, 2018, 11 min
Directors: Mathieu Mouterde
In partnership with Institut français de Géorgie

September 28

Otava
Slovenia, 2021, 14 min
Director: Lana Bregar

#picoftheday
Italy, 2020, 19 min
Director: Andrea Beluto

Rain Rain Run Away
France, 2018, 15 min
Director: Clémentine Carrié
In partnership with Institut français de Géorgie

What Did You Dream?
South Africa, 2019, 20 min
Director: Karabo Lediga
In partnership with Institut français de Géorgie

Troublemaker
Nigeria, 2019, 11 min
Director: Olive Nwosu
In partnership with Institut français de Géorgie

September 29

Synthesis
Islamic Republic of Iran, 2020, 15 min
Director: Mohammad Towrivarian

The Writing Box
United Kingdom, 2020, 29 min
Director: Tijana Mamula

Lazare
Georgia, 2021, 22 min
Director: Levan Tchkonia

Da Yie
Ghana, Belgium, 2019, 20 min
Director: Anthony Nti
In partnership with Institut français de Géorgie

International Competition of Feature Films

September 26

Kreuzweg

Germany, 2014, 107 min
Directed by: Dietrich Brüggemann

Film is provided by the film archive of Goethe-Institut Georgien.

September 27

Body of Water

United Kingdom, 2020, 92 min
Directed by: Lucy Brydon

Georgian premiere

September 28

Padrenostro

Italy, 2020, 121 min
Directed by: Claudio Noce

In partnership with the Embassy of Italy

Georgian premiere

September 29

Any Day Now

Finland, 2020, 85 min
Directed by: Hamy Ramezan

Georgian premiere

TaobaFF 2021

Taoba International Youth Film Festival to continue in physical form

On September 25-30, Tbilisi will host the 4th edition of Taoba International Youth Film Festival, which this year will be held only for Georgian young audience due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

4 feature and 19 short films will be screened in main competitions for 13-18 year olds attending festival.

The festival also gives 19-21 year old students interested in film art, the opportunity to attend masterclasses of Georgian film professionals within the project “Taoba Academy”.

The festival will open on September 25th with the Georgian premiere of the “Jim Button and the Wild 13”.

Partners and supporters of Taoba FF 2021 are: Tbilisi City Hall, Ministry of Culture, Sport and Youth Georgia, Georgian National Film Centre, Goethe Institute of Georgia, French Institute of Georgia, Embassy of Italy in Tbilisi, C. Bechstein Pianoforte AG, Amirani Cinema

About Taoba International Youth Film Festival:

Founded in 2018 by the Culture & Education Foundation and the National Youth and Children’s Palace, Taoba is the only international youth film festival in Georgia dedicated to young audience development and the promotion of film education. Taoba’s mission is to enable the development of young people’s critical, creative, and analytical skills and to stimulate dialogue on important social issues through film. The festival aims to stimulate social changes and to foster the talents of young people through masterclasses and lectures, as well as to support their participation in film festivals abroad.

During the annual Taoba festival, hundreds of selected teenagers (13-18 year olds) participate in the main program daily. The young audience is selected based on motivation letters, during the festival they act as jury members – watch films, engage in discussions, getting extra knowledge and vote for the best Short and Feature films. It is important to mention, that even main location of the festival is the capital of the country, about 25% of young participants are coming from other towns and rural areas of Georgia. Foreign participants are delegated by partner institutions/festivals. Each screening is followed by discussions during which young audiences freely express their ideas and opinions on every topic important to a democratic society.

During four years of its existence, Taoba FF became a platform for promoting film education and supporting young audience engagement. In 2020, despite pandemic challenges, Taoba had a successful edition: the main program was mostly in a physical form. Festival also established first Georgian platform for film education www.filmeducation.ge

Press release on Film New Europe 

Negative Numbers

Winners Announced – Taoba FF 2020

September 25-30, 2020, Taoba International Youth Film Festival celebrated it’s 3rd anniversary.
Considering restrictions caused by COVID 19 pandemic, Taoba held only for Georgian participants of limited number.
Among hundreds of submissions, film programming team selected 20 Short and 4 feature films in international competitions.

Participants of Taoba revealed winners of festival in two categories:

International Feature Film Competition
Negative Numbers
Director and Scriptwriter – Uta Beria
Georgia, France, Italy, 2020, 110:00 min

International Short Film Competition
A Typical Name for a Poor Child
Director – Emanuele Aldrovandi
Italy, 2019, 15:00 min

Academy

Taoba Academy 2020

On 25th of September 2020, Museum of Bolnisi (Georgian National Museum) hosted Taoba Academy. Students from age 19 to 22, had full tour through museum and attended lecture about movie making, directing and producing. Speakers of the event were:

  • Uta Beria – film director
  • Data Pirtskhalava – film director
  • Nutsa Tsikaridze – playwright and producer.

Speakers discussed the making of Uta Beria’s new film “Negative Numbers”, which is participating in International Feature Film Competition of Taoba FF.

Taoba FF 2020

Festival Screenings – Taoba 2020

International Competition of Short Films​

International Competition of Feature Films

September 26

Zu Weit Weg

Germany, 2020, 89’
Director – Sarah Winkenstette

Film is provided by the film archive of Goethe-Institut Georgien.

September 27

Schwimmen

Germany, 2018, 101’
Director – Luzie Loose

Film is provided by the film archive of Goethe-Institut Georgien.

September 28

Damien veut changer le monde

France, 2019, 99’
Director – Xavier de Choudens

In partnership with Institut Français de Géorgie

September 29

Negative Numbers

Georgia, France, Italy, 2020, 110’
Debut film by Uta Beria

Taoba FF

Taoba FF postponed due to coronavirus outbreak

Taking into account the rapid increase of cases worldwide, festival team decided to postpone 3rd edition of Taoba International Youth Film Festival to September 2020.

Therefore, deadlines for the registration of festival participants and volunteers extended. Taoba unites hundreds of young people from many countries and their safety is our highest priority.

We thank all our supporters, international partners and filmmakers.

See you very soon in Tbilisi
Taoba FF team

Taoba FF 2019

Taoba 2019 – Festival Overview

2nd edition of Taoba International Youth Film Festival held in Tbilisi on April 11-15. About 300, 13-18 years old, young people from 6 countries (Georgia, Italy, Macedonia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan) participated in main program of festival daily.

4 feature and 28 short films in international competitions has been screened followed by 8 hours of discussion sessions. In the framework of the main educational program lectures and masterclasses were conducted with a total duration of 31 hours.

About 50 students were selected for the pilot project “Taoba Academy” and 8 hours of masterclasses from film professionals were provided to them.

In partnership with the French Institute of Georgia, Goethe-Institut Georgien, and Fabrika 2 free screenings for the general public were organized.

Taoba had an honor to organize a screening of “Rezo” a film by famous Georgian film director Levan Gabriadze followed by Q&A with the director.

Within the “Young Georgian Talent” section, participants had Q&A session with Luca Chikovani, a Georgian singer and actor living in Italy. Luca played one of the leading roles in “Lazzaro Felice” a film by Alice Rohrwacher, that won best screenplay at Cannes 2018.

Entertaining program included a joint intellectual game with TV show BOOKS’SHELF, DJ set, concert of Tony Memmel and his band (with support of U.S Embassy Tbilisi), concert of Georgian music band “Ara”.

Taoba FF 2019

Winners Announced (2019) 

Taoba has received about 570 films for consideration in its international Feature Film and International Short Film competitions. 23 short films and 1 feature film has been selected for festival screenings. 3 feature films have been provided by the French Institute of Georgia and Goethe-Institute Georgien.

5 Georgian short films have been selected through separate selection process, screening of Georgian shorts followed by Q&A with film directors, screenwriters and other crew members.

Participants of Taoba revealed winners of Young Audience Award in two categories:

International Short Film Competition
Aurora
Aurora
Germany, 2017, 24’ 10”
Director: Philip Escobar Jung

1979. German Alps. After observing a spectacular shooting stars spectacle with her beloved father, 8-year-old Aurora must come to terms with an unexpected event that will forever change her inner world…

International Feature Film Competition
24 weeks
24 Wochen
Germany, 2016, 102’
Director: Anne Zohra Berrached

24 Wochen tells the story of cabaret performer Astrid (Julia Jentsch), who six months pregnant learns that her unborn child will be severely disabled. She and her husband Marcus (Bjarne Maedel) have a choice, but little time… A strong nature with a witty answer to everything, Astrid now feels lost, on her own, impossible to continue her comedy routine. Ultimately only she who is bearing the child can take this weighty decision. What will she do? Who decides whether the child will have a life worth living?

Taoba FF

Screenings Schedule (2019)

International Competition of Short Films​

April 12

Aurora
Demo Reel
Melodi
Nine Billion Names of God
Takleef
The Forbidden Door
The Fortress
The Little Fish and the Crocodile
Trapped

April 13

A Wide Awake World
Elodie
Farewell in Nanchang
Mariela
My End of the World
Paula´s Eternity
Perhaps Today
ROM
The Remigrant

April 14

Arthur Rambo
Fade
In Dog Years I’m Dead
Tiburtina 63
Till the End of The World

International Competition of Feature Films

April 11

24 Weeks

Germany, 2016, 102 min
Director – Anne Zohra Berrached

Film is provided by the film archive of Goethe-Institut Georgien.

April 12

Bravo Virtuoso

France, Armenia, Belgium, 2017, 90 Min
Director: Lévon Minasian

April 13

Fack Ju Göhte

Germany, 2013, 118 min
Director: Bora Dagtekin

Film is provided by the film archive of Goethe-Institut Georgien.

April 14

Patients

France, 2016, 110 min
Directors: Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir

In partnership with Institut Français de Géorgie

Free Screenings

April 12

Victoria

Germany, 2015, 138 min
Director: Sebastian Schipper

Film is provided by the film archive of Goethe-Institut Georgien.

April 14

A Paris Education

France, 2018, 137 min
Director: Jean-Paul Civeyrac

In partnership with Institut Français de Géorgie

Taoba FF

Guests of Honor Announced (2018)

Taoba Youth Film Festival is proud to announce guests of honor of its first edition – Ms. Nana Jorjadze and Mr. Gogi Khoshtaria

Nana Jorjadze
Nana Jorjadze

Ms. Jorjadze studied architecture in her home town and was an architect from 1968 to 1973. From 1974, she drew closer to the movie world and studied cinema at the Tbilisi film school. She did several jobs on the set (costumer, set designer, actress) but what she favored was film direction and she made several films, often shorts, before winning the “Caméra d’Or” Award at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. She is director of only Oscar nominated Georgian movie “A Chef in Love” and is one of the leading filmmakers of Georgia, alongside Otar Ioseliani.

Gogi Khoshtaria
Gogi Khoshtaria

Born in 1938, Gogi Khoshtaria was trained as an art historian at the Tbilisi State University and pursued an academic career. In the 1980s, he joined the dissident movement and became closely associated with Zviad Gamsakhurdia, who became the first post-Communist leader of Georgia and made Khoshtaria Minister of Foreign Affairs on November 26, 1990. Mr. Khoshtaria is ranked as First Class Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Envoy. He lectures at several academia and is a frequent commentator on culture and monument protection.