Rati Tsiteladze was born in post-Soviet Georgia. He studied filmmaking at the Hybrid Conservatory, Los Angeles. He is an alumnus of Locarno and IDFA Academies and was selected among 10 producers at the Berlinale Talent Project Market. At age 21, he won the title of World Champion in martial arts, but in 2014, when filmmaking became the overpowering passion in his life, he left his fighting career and founded ArtWay Film production. Rati directed and produced several short films that were awarded internationally and have been screened at around 300 film festivals, including Guanajuato, Locarno. His short documentary PRISONER OF SOCIETY (2018) won the Best Documentary at Tampere Film Festival and is nominated for European Film Academy. His feature documentary project SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE was selected among six projects at Doc Corner - 70th Festival de Cannes. His first feature project, THE EMPTY HOUSE was short-listed for Sundance Screenwriters Lab, won the Eurimages Award for Best project at TIFF and the Special Mention Prize at Locarno Festival and was selected at Berlinale Co-Production Market. With the project, Rati was selected among 6 directors at Cannes Cinéfondation Residence.