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George Sikharulidze

George Sikharulidze


Scriptwriter, Film Director


FeatureLab projects Participant 2020
ScriptLab - projects Participant 2019


George Sikharulidze was born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia. At 18, he moved to study in New York and received a B.S. in Media Communications from NYU and an M.F.A. in Film Directing from Columbia University, where he also studied film theory and history under Richard Peńa.

His short films include "The Fish that Drowned", 2014 (official selection Clermont-Ferrand Int’l FF), "Red Apples", 2016 (official selection TIFF, Clermont-Ferrand Int’l FF), "A New Year", 2017 (official selection TIFF), and "Fatherland", 2018 (official selection Sundance FF). Aside from writing and directing, George has taught filmmaking at NYU and Columbia University. Currently, he is developing his first feature film "Panopticon", which has been selected at the Cinéfondation Residence of Cannes Film Festival as well as TorinoScriptLab 2019. The film explores adolescent sexuality and Christian fundamentalism in Georgia.