George Ovashvili is a writer, film producer and director from Tbilisi, Georgia. He is a graduate of both the Georgian State Institute of Cinema and Theatre and the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Mr Ovashvili has directed a number of poignantly elegant shorts, most notably Mzeris Doneze (Eye Level), which was the recipient of the New York Film Academy Scholarship Award at the 2005 Berlinale and the Special Prize of International Jury at Odense International Film Festival the same year. His short film Wagonette received a jury special mention at MOLODIST International Film Festival in 1996. Ovashvili’s feature directorial debut Gagma Napiri (The Other Bank, 2009) was screened to great acclaim at 80 international film festivals in more than 50 countries. The Other Bank, which Ovashvili also wrote and produced, has won over 50 international prizes and was Georgia’s official entry to the 82nd Academy Awards®.
As a member of the European Film Academy (EFA), Ovashvili’s appointment to the Jury highlights the established coalition between the APSA Academy and the EFA. Earlier this year, this international relationship broadened to encompass the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AFI|AACTA)