(thegiff.com) Tbilisi, Georgia, June 12, 2012 –The Georgian Irish Film Festival (GIFF) announced today that Nicoloz Khomasuridze, renowned Georgian director and producer, will serve as a juror on its international panel for its inaugural festival being held this Fall. Mr. Khomasuridze is the first juror to be announced for the panel comprised of accomplished international film industry dignitaries.
Among his film successes, Mr. Khomasuridze, wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimed The Forgotten King,and is currently in preproduction on the much anticipated feature film, Jeans Generation, with an international cast that includes Stephen Berkoff. Mr. Khomasuridze will play a key role as part of the jury that will preside over the Georgian Short Films category.
Contacted through his production company Nikoloz Films, Mr. Khomasuridze commented, “I am very glad to be part of this new festival which encourages young filmmakers on an international scale. I look forward to viewing these films and offering my appraisal.” Mr. Khomasuridze divides his time between Tbilisi and Los Angeles. His strong interest in promoting young filmmakers is further evidenced by the film workshops he organizes in Tbilisi.
“We are thrilled to have Nicoloz on-board as he is an important filmmaker as well as a Georgian,” said Festival director, Elaine Mullan. “Nicoloz has produced some extremely fine work. His famous 105-minute single take in The Forgotten King – the longest in screen history – is just one example of his immense talent. His insight will make a significant impact on the festival. Coupled with the fact that he is Georgian is testament to the heights that can be achieved by resident filmmakers. ”
Other jurors for the GIFF panel will be announced in the near future.
About the GIFF
The purpose of the GIFF is to explore the cultural parallels of the Republic of Georgia and Ireland by showcasing award-winning feature and short films that explore topics that strike an identical note between the two cultures. In presenting Irish films to the Georgian audience, it is hoped that the similarities of the two nations can easily be recognized. At the same time, the festival gives Georgian filmmakers the opportunity to display their work to an international audience.
The depiction of a young nation with a long history of conflict whose society is built on the cornerstones of family values, religion and politics, and who has deep-rooted literary and musical traditions, and whose people are renowned worldwide for their lively conversation often fuelled by locally-crafted elixirs, can be applied equally to both Georgia and Ireland.
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