On April 2, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimbawelcomed the participants and guests of the first Sukhum International Film Festival.
Dear friends, I greet everyone who came to the opening of the first Sukhum International Film Festival of short feature films.
It is for the first time that an event of this level is taking place in Abkhazia. It is a true celebration for our Republic, our people and for the guests who came to us to participate in the Festival.
I am confident that the participants of the Film Festival will demonstrate their bright talents. This will give us an opportunity to determine who the best is, and who still has more work to do. Needless to say, it is important for us that an event like this is taking place in our country today.
Footage from the film archive has been shown just now. Abkhazia is truly famous for its possibilities in the film industry. It is just that some time ago, we have been slightly forgotten. Yet, I hope that the process has started and that those films that will be shown in the Festival will become a subject of discussion for the jury and a celebration for the audience. I would like to express special gratitude to the Festival’s organisers – the State Committee on Youth Policy and to everyone who promoted this event. I am certain that everyone who participates in this Festival will leave Abkhazia with cordial memories of the Festival and of Abkhazia. I hope that the Festival will be continued. Good luck for many years to come!