David Lynch to found film festival and cinematography institute in Georgia
06 October, 2017
David Lynch to found film festival and cinematography institute in Georgia
Iconic American director David Lynch will found a film festival and an eponymous cinematography institute in Tbilisi. Lynch will visit Tbilisi in November this year, according to the website of the Georgian parliament.

David Lynch’s visit to Tbilisi will take place from November 19 to 21.

In addition to the institute and the festival, the director’s foundation will launch a project aimed at post-traumatic rehabilitation and preventing road accidents.

The film industry in Georgia almost completely collapsed in the 1990s
as civil war, political instability, and economic dysfunction consumed the state in the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s dissolution.

However, from 2000s the recovery process has started and nowadays, Georgian cinema is reaching new heights and gaining international success at many film festivals.
The Georgian film industry is blossoming, invigorated by a new generation of talented, local filmmakers and incentives to attract foreign productions.

In addition to the success of the local film industry, foreign film productions are being lured to Georgia with generous cash rebates and other financial incentives.
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David Lynch (born January 20, 1946) has been described by The Guardian as "the most important director of this era". AllMovie called him "the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking", while the success of his films has led to him being labelled "the first popular Surrealist".

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