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Georgian American Film Academy

Academic Staff

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Mirza (Papuna) Davitaia

Subject: Author of the program

Filmmaker, screenwriter, director

Filmography

Mirza (Papuna) Davitaia has worked on various European film studios since 1993.  He produced the motion picture “Anton” directed by the Oscar nominated Director – Zaza Urushadze.  The film has received worldwide recognition. Mirza Davitaia also produced the Hollywood blockbuster – “5 Days of August”.  In 2016 he created the graphical novel – The Knights in the Panther Skin”, which received the nomination of the Year’s Best Literary Work.   In 2020-2021, Mirza Davitaia worked as a producer and screenwriter of the Georgian-Ukrainian film – “Fortress of Khajibey”.


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Giorgi Vatsadze

Subject: Mastery of cinematographer

Cinematographer 

Master of Cinematography. Has 27 years of experience working in the field of audio-visual arts (operator). He has more than 30 films in his filmography. Has won the following awards:

 

2018 -International Festival of TV and Movie Cameramen “Golden Eye”2018-  Best TV Camera work.

2018-Wolves Independent International Film Festival 2018  -Best Feature Film ‘“Jara”

2018-Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary 2018- selected for panorama "Jara”

2018- Deauville Green Awards International Film Festival 2018-winner Golden Green Award-”Jara”

2017 – “river film festival”- official selection. Italy ” the kite”

2016 –“a cross of st. andrea”- gran prix. georgia ” the kite” 

2016- “topuzi” –best Georgian film.  georgia ” the kite”

2016-“cinanima”- grand panorama. Portugal ” the kite”

2011 – “Moondance international film festival” USA

2011 – “Aesthetica Short Film Festival” (ASFF) UK

2011 – „Golden Eye“ Georgia

2011 - St. Andrew the First-Called Church Film Festival , Georgia - Best TV Documentary.


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Levan Kitia

Subject: Audio-visual Directing 1/2

Director, Producer

Graduate of Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University. He has teaching experience since 1988.

Since 1991 he has been a member of the board of the Georgian Cinematographers' Union. His professional experience counts up to thirty film projects.


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Levan Kukhashvili

Subject: Editing

Editing director

His professional experience counts up to twenty films. Has many years of experience working in the field of television and teaching.


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Lela Ochiauri

Subject: History of World Cinema

Art Critic

Education:

1974-1979 - Tbilisi Academy of Art. Department of Art Criticism

1980-1982 - Moscow Scientific Research Institute of Film History and Theory. Film Criticism Qualification Course

2005 - Candidate of Arts, Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University. 

 

Has published up to sixteen publications and up to ten international publications. Is the author of five professional literatures:

1. The Sculpture and Art of Gogi Ochiauri, Nova Science Publisgers, Inc. New York, 2011

2. You will See, it is Festival – Marina Muskhelishvili, SEZANI, 2014

3. As a Family Member, Russian Club, Tbilisi, 2015 (Свой Среди Своих, Русский Клуб, Тбилиси, 2015)

4. Contemporery Georgian Cinema, Publishing House of Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University KENATVRI, 2018

5. Trends of Modern Georgian Cinema - Heroes, Themes, Problems, Stylistic Features, Publishing House of Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University KENATVRI, 2020)

 

Became a member of 29 scientific / professional conferences.

Has many years of experience in pedagogical activities.

 

Juries and Boards:

1. Member of Theatre Recommendation Board under the Ministry of Culture and Monument of Georgia - August 2017 to present

2. Member of Professional Theatre Monitoring Board under the Adjara Ministry of Education and Culture – 2013

3. Member of Critics and Advisors’ Board of Tbilisi International Theatre Festival – 2012 to Present

4. Member of Cultural Events’ Department under Tbilisi Mayor’s office – 2013-2014

5. Member of Tsinandali Prize Jury – 2013-2020

6. Member of Experts Committee under the National Film center of Georgia – in different years, including 2020

7. Member of Theatrical Prize DURUJI – 2008, 2016, 2017, 2019

8. Member of Adjara Public Broadcasting Company Committee - 2018


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Zurab Magalashvili

Subject: Producing 1/2

Producer, Actor

Education:

Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University - Faculty of Acting

EAVE - European Production Program.

Has thirty years of professional experience, counting about twenty films.

In 2016-2019 he held the position of Director of the Georgian National Film Center.


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Giorgi Mikeladze

Subject: Movie Painting

Painter

Graduated from Iakob Nikoladze Art School in 1965;

Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, Faculty of Painting in 1971.

Has organized 11 exhibitions (including 8 international level - Lausanne, Munich, Berlin, Pittsburgh, Istanbul, etc.) including 5 personal.

Personal collection: in Japan, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, Germany.

Up to twenty works are housed in the Zimmerl Museum of Art, USA. New Jersey.

His filmography counts up to 18 films.

 

Has received the following awards:

For the movie "Repentance" (dir. T. Abuladze) - Nika Award of the Russian Film Academy in the nomination of the best cinematography in 1987.

For the movie "Hey Maestro" (dir. N. Managadze) State Prize "Chronicle of Five Years" for the best painting in 1988.

State Prize for the films "The Way of the Savior" and "Mother of God" dir. M. Borashvili 2004.

Orthodox Film Festival in Batumi Award "Andrew's Cross" for the films "The Way of Life" and "Mother of God" dir. (M. Borashvili) 2005.


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Beso Odisharia

Subject: Mastery of Film Dramaturgy 1/2

Director, screenwriter

Graduated from the Georgian State Polytechnic Institute in 1973;

Tbilisi State University in 1975.

In 1979-81 he completed two years of advanced screenwriting and directing courses.

 

Is the screenwriter of about fifteen films, including being director for up to five of them.

His work "Return" has participated in film festivals in Bergen (Norway) and Seattle (USA).


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Eka Tchabashvili

Subject: Movie Music

Composer

Has many years of professional experience (including teaching).

Her musical career counts up to seventy concert events.

Has been a member of up to 24 conferences.

Has published up to 18 publications.

 

Awards:

2020 - Educational project "Internet Academy of Contemporary Professional Music", video lectures, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia.

2020 - "International Teaching of Music" - E-book by composer Natela Svanidze ",Within the framework of free projects financed by Creative Georgia.

2019 - Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation grant for fundamental research "Creative Research Methodology and Perspectives of the 21st Century Piano".

2018 - Ministry of Culture of Georgia funded experimental interdisciplinary and interactive project Symphony-Exhibition "Voice".

2018 Resident Composer, Capital University, USA.

2016 - Short Individual Travel Grant "Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation".

2014 - Short Individual Travel Grant "Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation".

2011 - DAAD Scholarship for University Professors and Researchers.

2008 - (MDR Prize III), Coral (dir. R. Blank), Leipzig, Germany.

2006 - Finalist of the competition for Alkmaar's organic work (Special Jury Prize New for the organ genre)

2003 - Composers' Union Award "Best Composer of 2003".







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