A lawyer by Training, Tamara Tatishvili has a solid experience of international film funding, strategy and mentoring activities. She worked as Director of the Georgian National Film Center (2010-13) – the public institution that sets Georgian film policy. She instigated and embedded full reform of the institution which resulted in the emergence of a new wave of talented filmmakers. Her dedication to the idea of cinematic cooperation and commitments to cultural diversity attracted numerous international professionals to Georgia. She applied her creative entrepreneurial mindset to her duties as public sector executive and achieved long awaited change.
After her career as a funder, Tamara lead produced feature film HOSTAGES (director Rezo Gigineishvili, 2017). The Georgian-Polish-Russian coproduction premiered in Berlinale and toured major festivals worldwide, including Sarajevo FF, Telluride, Rome FF and others.
Since 2014, Tamara has been the regional coordinator for the international training platform SOFA (School of Film Advancement, Germany). She consults festivals as a programmer (Bridges East of West Film Days at BOZAR, Brussels) and networks as a strategy manager (European Women’s Audiovisual Network, France).
Since February 2020 Tamara is appointed as Head of MEDICI – a Film Funding Journey organized by FOCAL (Switzerland) – vocational training designed exclusively for senior public financiers in audiovisual sector internationally.
In 2008-2009 Tamara was based in London and worked for BOP Consulting – research, strategy and evaluation for culture and innovation. In 2004 Tamara Co-founded and served as an Executive Director of the “Independent Filmmakers’ Association - South Caucasus”. She managed three offices of the Association in Baku, Yerevan and Tbilisi respectively.
Among her other achievements, Tamara was awarded French distinction, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, in 2013 and is the finalist of British Council’s Young Screen Entrepreneur of the Year Program in 2007.