The Georgian National Film Centre (GNFC), a national film funding agency under the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection, is the main player in supporting local productions and international co-productions, as well as the driving force for promoting and positioning Georgian cinema internationally.
Modeled on the French Centre national du cinéma et de l’imageanimée(CNC), the GNFC film production support budget is an annual €1.85 million (4.2 million GEL) and provided through the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection. It started functioning in 2001. Every year GNFC announces funding calls for support of production of debut films, feature films, co-productions, documentaries, animated shorts, live action shorts as well as script development of feature films and animated films.
Selection is carried out by a jury of three to eleven people, film professionals, who are chosen for every competition. The jury evaluates submitted applications according to set guidelines and interviews several shortlisted projects, usually awarding production support to two to five productions per feature competition and to more projects for the other competitions.
GNFC production support is capped at 75% of a production’s total budget. The total available funding for each funding call is also capped – maximum 75% of the production budget. There are no separate calls for post-production or distribution support but a limited number of projects in post-production are awarded partial completion support if they apply. The latter relates to projects which already have had GNFC production support awarded.
Production support provided by the GNFC is in the form of a public subsidy with no recoupment requirement.
In 2015 Georgia launched film industry incentive program offering a 20% cash rebate on qualified expenses incurred in Georgia. To apply for rebate documentary producer’s has to spend at least €115,000 inside the country. For feature films minimal local expenditures is €190,000.
Georgia ratified the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-productions, the country is a member of Eurimages, the Council of Europe fund for promotion of the film industry and also participates in Creative Europe Programme of European Commission.