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On May 23-28, International Film Festival is being held in Innsbruck, Austria. The film forum has been held since 1999. The main focus is on Latin American, African, Central Asian and Eastern European film production.

The festival was founded in 1992, when the representatives of Otto Preminiger Institut decided to establish Film Festival in Innsbruck. In the beginning it was called the "American Film Festival", in 1996 it was renamed as "Cinevision". For the first time in 1999, it was referred as "Innsbruck International Film Festival".

The festival has several competition programmes and winners in the following nominations: Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Prize "Southern Wind" (led by a jury composed of students), Viewer's Prize, Innsbruck University Prize and Honorary Award of Festival.

Festival will honor the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami and viewers will be able to see few of his films.

There is also an honorary place for the Czech film director Jiri Menzel, whose retrospective is planned within the festival. It is worth noting, that the festival will be opened on May 23 by Robert Kolinsky's documentary film "Jiri Menzel - To Make a Comedy Is No Fun", which tells the story of Czech director.

It is noteworthy that Georgian director Khatuna Khundadze is invited to participate in this year's festival, she represents the documentary film jury. At the same time, her short feature film "Serious Man" will be screened at the festival. The 16-minute film, which was presented at our festival a year ago, describes a 40-year-old man who lives with his parents and fails or does not try to get out of their supervision.

Khatuna Khundadze received medical education in Tbilisi. Later she continued to study in Stuttgart State Academy of Art, Germany. In a few years she graduated from the Film Faculty of Shota Rustaveli Theater and Film University. Khatuna Khundadze is now a member of the Board of "Georgian Film"studio.

In addition to this, in "Southern wind" section, another Georgian film - Giorgi Ovashvili's several prize winner "The Other Bank" will be screened.

Innsbruck International Film Festival is the partner of TIFF. It's director, Helmut Groschup was one of the guests during our last year.


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