1991 Productions is run by Nino Chichua and Anna Khazaradze – two high school friends who studied film production in New York and London. After returning to Georgia, Nino and Anna saw the country’s potential to become a leading Eastern European production outlet and armed with this vision, founded 1991 Productions.
Hailing from the country of Georgia, Nino Chichua graduated from the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a degree in Film & TV Production and Producing. Determined to bring the best of western practices to her home country’s newly revived film industry, Nino moved back to Georgia and worked as a freelance producer on various projects, including line producing an award-winning Georgian director George Ovashvili’s film Khibula (2017).
Nino has vast experience in physical aspects of production, successfully delivering projects on schedule and within budget. She has produced for San Francisco-based Odysseus Arms, one of the leading ad agencies and the first US agency to shoot in Georgia. Aside from providing production services, Nino develops films within the European co-production framework; she has been responsible for securing money from the Georgian National Film Center for the production of feature documentaries Glory to the Queen, previously The Encounter, (Georgia, Austria, Serbia) and Smiling Georgia currently in production.
Nino, together with a team of experienced professionals, founded 1991 Productions as a result of discovering the untapped opportunities for foreign productions in Georgia. 1991 promotes Georgia as a filming location and provides all-inclusive quality production services for international crews shooting everything from films to branded videos.
Anna Khazaradze, from Tbilisi, Georgia, holds a degree in directing from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Anna became passionate about producing after returning to her home country and discovering the vast opportunities in Georgia’s reviving film industry.
Anna produced a Sundance winning director William Oldroyd’s film In Mid Wickedness (official selection Tbilisi International Film Festival) shot entirely in Georgia, together with UK’s Bird in Hand Productions in 2013. While living in the UK, Anna encountered many film professionals who desired to cut costs for their productions, and looked for low-cost filming destinations such as Georgia. Sharing the same belief that Georgia can become a competitive player in servicing international film productions, Anna together with Nino Chichua founded 1991 Productions to bring the best practices to their country’s film industry.
In addition to service jobs, Anna is working on international coproductions; she co-executive produced a young Georgian film director Uta Beria’s debut feature Negative Numbers, (Georgia, France and Italy) screened at Rome Independent Film Festival, BOZAR Bridges, Tbilisi International Film Festival, and co-directed feature documentary Glory to the Queen (Georgia, Austria, Serbia). She is currently producing feature documentary Smiling Georgia.