"Amirani” originated in 1978. From the beginning it started out as a "Bienale”. From the time of its establishment, "Amirani” was considered in film circles as one of the most independent festivals of the Soviet Union. In various years, jury members of the festival were such famous directors as Otar Ioseliani, Merab Kokochashvili, Rezo Esadze, Leonid Gaidai, Meschesnko, Izraeliani and others.
In the nineties of the past century along with the collapse of the Soviet Union the festival seized its existence.
From 2007, Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University revivedInternational Student Film Festival "Amirani”and it has become annual ever since.
The festival gives out awards in 5 nominations:
- Jury Award
- Best Film
- Best Directing
- Best Sound
- Best Cinematography
Annually a Special Mention Award is given out.
Every year the festival hosts students from different countries. The festival has international jury members of which conduct master classes and workshops in the framework of the festival.
The aim of the festival is popularization of films and their authors, establishment of international contacts and creation of cooperation perspective.