Mariam Kapanadze, an actress of the Hand Shadows State Theatre Abkhazeti, was awarded the Japanese Foreign Minister's Award for her animated film "Abandoned Village" at the New Chitose Animation Festival. The award was presented to the actor by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Georgia Imamura Akira.
The event held at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan was attended by the Minister of Culture, Sports, and Youth of Georgia Tea Tsulukiani and the Artistic Director of the Theater Gela Kandelaki. The Minister personally congratulated the actor on her success.
Mariam Kapanadze is the first Georgian actress to win the "New Chitose Animation Festival." The film director and actress has been in the Shadow Theater since 2013 and participates in all the theater performances.