taste of independence

Film festival “The Taste of Independence”

Despite the war, Ukraine will host the festival “The Taste of Independence”

European Association of Institutions of Non-formal Education of Children and Youth (EAICY) alongside its partners: Taoba International Youth Film Festival (Georgia) and ANIMOK children and youth animation festival, a part of The Animation Workshop, VIA university college (Denmark) organizes the film festival “the Taste of Independence“ to Ukrainian children as a sign of solidarity dedicated to the Independence Day of Ukraine.

1st edition of festival will be held from 22 to 23 August. The festival program includes feature, short, and animation films by Georgian and Danish filmmakers.

Festival was initiated by the President of EAICY Levan Dvali, who is also the Director General of the Taoba International Youth Film Festival.

The online film festival, as a gift for children and youth of Ukraine, will be hosted by the Ukrainian State Center for Out-of-School Education, the leading institution of out-of-school education in Ukraine.

The festival will attract several thousand children and young people as spectators of European cinema. It is planned that such a festival will be annual and will be open to filmmakers from other countries of Europe and the world who support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia, as well as world peace.

Festival Screenings

22.08.2022 – For young people and adults

  • Listen to the Silence (Georgia, 2016, 80′). Directed by Mariam Chachia
  • The Odd Sound Out (Denmark, 2013. 6′). ANIMOK children and youth animation festival, a part of The Animation Workshop, VIA university college
  • Parrot Away (Denmark, 2015, 6′). ANIMOK children and youth animation festival, a part of The Animation Workshop, VIA university college

23.08.2022 – For children

  • The Watchers (Georgia, 2021, 26′). Directed By Sandro Souladze
  • Zolemia (Georgia, 2021, 9′). Directed By Nina Samanishvili
  • Jelly (Denmark, 2022, 1′). ANIMOK children and youth animation festival, a part of The Animation Workshop, VIA university college
  • Ding Dong (Denmark, 2022, 1′). ANIMOK children and youth animation festival, a part of The Animation Workshop, VIA university college
  • Forglemmegei (Denmark, 2019. 7′). ANIMOK children and youth animation festival, a part of The Animation Workshop, VIA university college
  • Ride Of Passage (Denmark, 2012, 5′). ANIMOK children and youth animation festival, a part of The Animation Workshop, VIA university college

Organizers of “the Taste of Independence” express their gratitude to all filmmakers who joined the first edition of the festival.

Reference: Independence Day of Ukraine is celebrated annually on August 24 in honor of the proclamation on this day of the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine.

European Association of Institutions of Non-formal Education of Children and Youth (EAICY) is a European network organisation that connects national platforms of non-formal education organisations, non-formal education organisations from different countries in and outside Europe.

Ukrainian State Center for Institutions of Non-Formal Education – the representative of Ukraine in EAICY, is the state educational institution, which coordinates the activities of institutions of out-of-school education in the artistic and aesthetic directions and STEM education.

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.

ANIMOK is Denmark’s animation festival for children and youth. ANIMOK aim is to develop social, cultural, and creative communities for kids. ANIMOK works with locally, nationally, and internationally rooted initiatives. ANIMOK is a part of The Animation Workshop/VIA University College (TAW), Denmark and has expertise in the areas of education, culture, communication, and business development. To this effect, it benefits from a strong international network of artists, professionals, companies, funding institutions and partner schools.

accreditations

Taoba 2022: Accreditations are open!

Taoba Int’l Youth Film Festival opens accreditations for press and film professionals for its 5th edition, which will take place in Tbilisi (Georgia) on September 12-16, 2022.

Accreditation is free of charge and grants access to film screenings in international competitions of feature and short films, opening and closing ceremonies of the festival, and a corporate discount at a partner hotel (if needed).

Taoba started in 2018 with a mission to support young people’s academic, cultural, and social development and stimulate dialogue on important social issues through films. During this time festival became a platform for empowering young cinephiles, exchanging knowledge and ideas, supporting talent, reflection, and dialogue. Taoba is the only Georgian film festival dedicated to the development of a young audience and it is non-commercial. In 2022 festival expects 400 daily participants from 10 countries.

The number of accreditations is limited; the request should be sent via the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/0sd5mHPbe0
Online registration will be closing on 12 August, festival team will inform no later than August 15 whether a request is approved or not.

Please note: press accreditation is for media representatives only, who will be responsible for media coverage of the festival.

Partners and supporters: Tbilisi City Hall; Ministry of Culture, Sport, and Youth of Georgia; Georgian National Film Centre; Goethe Institute of Georgia; French Institute of Georgia; Embassy of Italy in Tbilisi; Georgian Institute of Public Affairs; Amirani Cinema

Founders: National Palace; Culture and Education Foundation

For any questions please get in touch elene.gonadze@taobaff.ge

www.taobaff.ge

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?