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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. He is also an acting and dialogue coach. 



MISMFF 2022, 06: Sweat, anxiety, sleepless nights and dedicated hard work


MISMFF 2022, 06: Sweat, anxiety, sleepless nights and dedicated hard work

A film festival cannot be held without a team of dedicated organisers and workers. Many of them spend sleepless nights, are at a high level of anxiety months before the event and spend sleepless nights, once the inauguration date approaches. This is true of the Mestia International Short & Mountain Film Festival (MISMFF) too. And if the team is relatively small, as is the case at MISMFF, the responsibilities are bigger. I have had occasion to interact with only one member of the team, Salome ‘Sal’ Chokheli, and she left no stone unturned in providing me all the required information, co-ordinating my efforts in getting a visa for Georgia, and much more. Let us give due credit to the behind the scenes woman and men, who made this festival possible.

Gegi Paliani

Gegi is Khatuna’s partner. He graduated from Shota Rustaveli State Theatre University, Faculty of Drama and Cinema, in 1996. Since 1997, he has been working in Tbilisi, at the Theatrical Vault, and at the Tbilisi Nodar Dumbadze State Youth Theatre, during 2010-2017. Besides, he is also a Director of the People's and Folklore Theatre, named after Leo Pilpani, and a Director of Mestia Culture and Art Center, which is the co-organiser of MISMFF. He lives in Mestia.

Elia Pharsadanishvili

Elia holds the position of a specialist in editing, film restoration and colour grading. He is also the Technical Manager, and Visual Supervisor of MISMFF. He has creditable credentials.


 2007-2011 MASKI Institute, Arts

 1995-2004 Tbilisi St. Ilia’s Gymnasium, Faculty of Cinematography

 Work experience

 Georgian Films (Film Company) Colorist 2016

 Nushi Film Production Manager 2015-2016

 Member of Georgian Academy of Cinema 2013

 DKS (Digital Kitchen Studio) Director 2012

 Shemokmedi Studio Cameraman, Editor 2010-2012

Trainings, Master-classes, Festivals

 2018 Colour Grading Masterclass. Italy, Bologna,

 2014 Masterclass of Mr. Bill Holshevnikoff about LEDS and lighting four the digital image

 2013 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications, Best Show VI place, U.S.A., San Francisco

 2012 Bober Movie Film Festival, Grand Prix, Rustman

 2012 Master-class Producer in Advertisement Sector

2009, 2010, 2011 (Master-classes) Golden eye Cinematographer’s

Festival Sony




(About new technologies)

 2009 Master-class Cinematography of Mr. Levan Paatashvili

Recent filmography


Nucas school

Full-length Film, 1999



2019 Cadilac

(Cinema Storm Studio)

Documentary Film

Cinematographer Colorist


2018 Insanity

(Digital Kitchen Studio)

Music Video

Cinematographer Colourist

2018 In The Shadows

(Digital Kitchen Studio)

(Turkish-Georgian Coproduction)

Full-length Film

Production Manager

Transport Manager

2017 Tailor Beso

Animation Film



2017 Holidays

Full-Length Film, 1964



2017 Buba

Documentary Film,1930



2016 Tradition

Short Film

(Nushi Films)

Location Manager

2016 Otto

Short Film

(Nushi Films)

Cinematographer, Colourist, Editor

2016 Georgian-Jerusalem

TV Documentary


2016 Tech park

Commercial Film


Set Designer

2016 Bondo

Short film

(Cinema Storm Studio)

Producer, Cinematographer,


2015 A short film about friends

short film

(Orni Studio)

Cinematographer, Colourist

2015 Three steps

short Film

(Nushi Films)

Production Manager

2014 TFS

Image Films

(EPI – Deloitte)

Cinematographer, Editor

2014 Lili Ioseliani

Documentary Film

(Digital Kitchen Studio)

Cinematographer, colourist

2013 Georgia’s competitiveness

Image Films

(Digital Kitchen Studio) (Epi)

Cinematographer, Editor

2013 Prometheus Cave

(Digital Kitchen Studio)

3D Stereo Short Documentary Movie

Cinematographer, Stereo-grapher

Language skills

Georgian - Native; Russian - Excellent; English - Good

Salome ‘Sali’ Chokheli

Mestia International Short & Mountain Film Festival has an International Relations Specialist, who is really a Specialist.


Read on about Sali.

Birth date/place: 12/03/1991/ Georgia,



1997-2008 - 20 Public School of G. Ramishvili, (Gold Medal)

2009-2014 -Caucasus University, Caucasus School of Business, Highest academic attendance, GPA (3,7)


2022 - Organiser of the music festival - Tbilisi Open Air

2022 – Head of International Relations at Mestia Int. Short & Mountain Film Festival

2021 - Head of International Relations at Mestia Int. Short & Mountain Film Festival

2019 - Head VFX department / Head of Camera department – Universal Pictures –

Enkeny Films (Fast and Furious 9)

2019 – Present – Project Manager – C.S.S.

2019 - Project Manager – Tbilisi International Book Fair

2019 - Organiser of the music festival - Tbilisi Open Air

2019 - Organiser of the festival – IKA Award

2018 - Organiser of the music festival - Tbilisi Open Air

2017 - Sales Manager - Audio Guide Georgia

2017 - Organiser of the music festival - Tbilisi Open Air

2016 - PR Manager at the clinic – Ultramedi

2016 - Organiser of the music festival – Tbilisi Open Air

2015 - Project Manager - Schuchmann Wines company, Schuchmann Travel

2015-Member of International Chamber of Commerce in Georgia. The Membership was

financed by Pashabank

2015 - Participation in International Business Plan competition, conducted by International

Chamber of Commerce, secured the 3-rd place.


2019 – Certificate – a member of Georgian pre-production and production crew during

filming Fast and Furious 9 (provided by Enkeny Films FF9, with support from USAID

Georgia Economic Security Programme

2015-Certificate–The Best Presenter (International Chamber of Commerce)

2014 - Certificate in Audit

2014 - Certificate in Sakpatenti

2014 - Certificate of IELTS in English language

2007 - Certificate in German language (Munich, Germany)


Georgian - Native

English - Excellent

Russian - Excellent

Germany - Excellent

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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
(Siraj Associates)

Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

Bandra West, Mumbai


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