The International Festival of Animation Films «Nikozi» is an initiative of the art school and Cultural center in the village Nikozi.  








The Nikozi Diocese is one of the first original 12 dioceses of Christian Georgia, was founded in the 5th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali, who in that century also moved the country’s capital from Mktskheta to Tbilisi.


 Nikozi cathadral


The Georgian Orthodox Church received its autocephaly from the Antioch Patriarchate in 457 A.D.  After the Russian Empire illegally abolished the autocephaly of the Georgian Church in 1811 and placed it under the Synod of the Russian Church, many dioceses were closed, including that of  Nikozi Eparchy.  The autocephaly of the Georgian Church was restored on March 12/25, 1917.  In 1995 the Nikozi Diocese was revived.  


The village Nikozi is located in the region of Shida Kartli (Inner Kartli) in the very heart of Georgia.  From the name Kartli originated the name of the entire country – Sakartvelo.


 Church&Episcopal Palace



The main monastery complex consists of the diocesan cathedral (Gvtaeba), the Church of the Ascension, located in Zemo (Upper) Nikozi.  Next to it is the Bishop’s Palace, dating back to the  9-10th centuries, the bell tower of the the 17th century. A little further is located  the Church of the Holy Archangels originating from the 10-11th centuries.


 The Bell Tower The Church of Archangels

Nikozi cathedral



Founded in the 5th century, the cathedral has undergone many architectural changes over the centuries.



 The relics of the Protomartyr of Georgia St. Razhden are buried inside the cathedral.  (St. Razhden, 5th c., was part of the royal entourage of the wife of King Vakhtang, and she was daughter of the Persian king.  St. Razhden himself was from a noble Persian family.  He converted to Christianity.  St. Razhden was a brave warrior and died a martyr's death, crucified by his former compatriots, who demanded that he renounce his Christian faith.)



 In 1995 after the resumption of the diocese, Bishop Isaiah (Chanturia) was blessed by the Georgian Orthodox Church to be the ruling hierarch of the diocese

Metropolitan Isaiah studied in an art college, then continued his studies at the Tbilisi State Shota Rustaveli Theatrical Institute in the film department with a speciality in art-animation.  Over the years he worked in the animated films studio.  His graduate degree project was a 10-minute animated film, based on Georgian rhyming proverbs.



 After being tonsured a monk and consecrated bishop in 1995, Vladiko Isaiah founded a small animation studio at the monastery, while undertaking various activities in the diocese.






During the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008, on August 11th after an air strike   burned and were destroyed the Bishop's Palace, a monastic apartment complex, a large library and an animation studio were built on its place. (Photogallery)


 Over the past years, with the help of both local and international charities, restored Bishop's Palace, the monastery is being rebuilt. The Polish state and friends helped to re-create an animation studio, to found a school of arts at the monastery, in which students study and animation along with other forms of art.


During the existence and activities of the Nikozi school of arts the idea of ​​the international festival of animation films was born.


 During the existence and activities of the School of Arts in   the idea of ​​the international festival of animated films was born.



Within the framework of the Festival works of participants will be shown at the festival; there is an exchange of views, experiences, development of new projects and ideas, filmmakers, animators and artists hold master classes for children as well as for professionals, art exhibitions, concerts, recitals, lectures.  For the participants and guests of the festival there is a program organized acquainting  with Georgian culture and ancient sights.


The festival is helping to revive the region, to give a new breath to the place and a real hope for its people.  The joy, openness, sincerity and truth of personal relationships for us are no less expensive and important than professional skills.


 The Festival «Nikozi» is very pleased to welcome each person, who comes to Georgia and participate in our festival.



Church inside



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