BIAFF Industry Meetings

BIAFF Industry Meetings was  launched in 2011   as part of festival, in cooperation with Georgian National Film Center. The major goal of this meetings is to provide local cinema industry representatives  the opportunity to network with invited producers, various film funds, get information about possible financing options, co-production opportunities etc.  This in its turn can result to development of new film projects in future, including co-productions.

In 2011 - there was presented European Film Academy, H. Balls Fund Rotterdam Film Festival, EAVE, A. Wajda Film School etc.  It was arranged producers’ panel with participation of Polish, Turkish  and Georgian producers. Within the BIAFF 2011 industry events framework will be arranged roundtable meeting to promote the idea of establishment  local “Film Commission” /”Film Fund” and its importance for popularization of city as shooting location, facilitate cinema industry development in regions of Georgia etc. Invited expert from London, Mr. Jonathan Olsberg (CEO of Olsberg/SPI –  provided the presentation on this issue, followed by discussions.


On BIAFF 2012 “BIAFF INDUSTRY MEETING” will take place during 21-22 September. During these days will be organized “Polish-Georgian” and “Turkish-Georgian” meetings with attendance of producers/directors from Poland and Turkey. Meeting will by attended also by the representatives of Ministry of Education, Culture and sports of autonomous republic of Adjara, who will present “Regional Film fund of Adjara”, Georgian Film Centre and Polish Film Institute (PISF).


Major goal of “BIAFF 2012 INDUSTRY MEETING”   is to improve cooperation and networking of Polish and Turkish producers with Georgian directors and producers with the purpose of making joint projects. We choose Poland and Turkey, as important countries to improve co-production in cinema sector. The participants can make familiar with film production financing, co-production process in Poland, Turkey and Georgia, financial remedies, co-production opportunities, determine perspectives of future cooperation and share practice in European co-production. also will be summarized opinions of participants about future meetings and additional components (ex: pitching).

BIAFF management is going to make the Polish-Georgian and Georgian-Turkish meetings annual one (in future may be added Ukraine) and to attract supporters/funds from  In BIAFF is planning this regard from Georgian, Polish and Turkish side. Under “BIAFF INDUSTRRY MEETING” can be developed the platform (can be added “pitching” for film projects), which will improve effective co-operation and co-production between 3 countries (and from next year may be including Ukraine).


Note: Attendance to BIAFF industry meetings is limited to film professionals only (in advance accreditation is required).




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