Our Free Screenings project was launched in June 2014 and has successfully runs till the present.
Our team unites around three hundred members, where 70% is represented by women and 30% by men respectively. The age of Free Screenings' members varies between 15 - 50 years.
The main goal of our project is to activate the cultural life in regions by provoking discursive hubs around the screened films' topics. In every new point Free Screenings team conducts a series of workshops with participants and supports their further activities. After the initial workshops organized at the beginning of our project, Free Screenings were set at forty different locations including conflict territories such as Gali and surrounding settlements.
In 2015, with financial support of East-West Management Institute, thirteen workshops were conducted involving about 300 participants from Marneuli, Kharagauli, Telavi, Kutaisi, Batumi, Akhaltsikhe Ambrolauri, Mestia, Bolnisi, Ozurgeti, Zugdidi. These workshops explore creative ways of organizing film screenings without any budget. The participants learn how to organize screenings for all ages using basic technical equipment.
Free Screenings auditory includes kindergartens, schools, elderly shelters, houses of children living and/or working in streets, domestic violence shelters, etc. Members of our network are managing to organize screenings with the help of private or governmental organizations. They write official letters to rent the necessary technical support from the city halls, schools, private business offices and non-governmental organizations to conduct the screenings for bigger audiences.
The beamer and the sound system will be shared among the Free Screenings activists team around Georgia.
Our organization lacks even one projector to schedule a regional tour and to support members of the network in functioning film clubs created by their own. As the practice has shown, the most successful regional free screening spots were created in the locations with stable technical support. Exmaples of this include the Universities of Akhaltsikhe and Kutaisi, Gori Pupils' and Youth Center., and the Ksani school.
In many places, maintaining technical support is difficult. For example, the Garikula workshop integrates the annual contemporary art festival - Festinova. We want to encourage school pupils from 8th to 12th grad to participate and continue conducting screenings independently. However, this will be difficult without the necessary technology.
We will screen film provoking important discussion topic with relation, gender, cultural diversities, tolerance, education, environmentalism, etc.
The beamer and sound equipment is required for large screenings open to wider society which is so important for regional inhabitants. These open screenings provide higher attendance and greater discussion than smaller screenings.
Free Screenings has provided to be stable over time. It was created in June 2014 without any financial support. The first workshop was attended by 35 members, which subsequently provoked around thousand regional Free Screenings conducted by workshop listeners.
In 2015 the number of involved people grew significantly, creating even more screenings. The members of the working groups are linked online, what gives us ability to get know each other better and schedule future plans or support each other through recommendations or hosting locally.
All these happens without any financial support. In the frames of Free Screenings, Ahuahu Foundation is in partnership with Civil Initiative and Regional Film Association supported by Georgian National Film Center and Georgian Film Union.
With greater technology, we will be able to spread these screenings even more.
Equal gender opportunity:
Our team unites around three hundred members, where 70% is represented by women and 30% by men respectively. The age of Free Screenings' members varies between 15 - 50 years. The general, mixed public attends our screenings.
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