Film and TV Faculty of ShotaRustaveli Theatre and Film State University was established in 1972. Despite huge resistance from then Soviet Union Film Committee, attempts of prominent Georgian cinema masters - RezoChkheidze, TengizAbuladze, Lana Gogoberidze, EldarShengelaia, OtarIoseliani produced results and the Faculty of Filmmaking was established at the Theatre Institute.
The first two groups of film directors were headed by Tengiz Abuladze, Irakli Kvirikadze, Lana Gogoberidze and Omar Gvasalia.
The first graduation of students proved successful (including: Temur Babluani, Nana Jorjadze, Nana Janelidze, Guram Petriashvili, Goderzi Chokheli). GoderziChokheli’s film "The Mother" won Grand Prix at Oberhausen International Film Festival.
After that the uniqueness of Georgian Film School was beyond any doubt. Subsequent years were the same success.
At the Faculty taught such prominent masters as: Eldar Shengelaya, Giorgi Shengelaia, Otar Ioseliani, Rezo Esadze, Soso Chkhaidze, Gela Kandelaki and studied now famous directors: Dito Tsintsadze, Tato Kotetishvili, Aleko Tsabadze, Levan Tutberidze, David Janelidze, David Sikharulidze, David Takaishvili, Lado Sulakvelidze.
The long list of international awards keeps growing till today.