The priority of Kazakhstan’s cinema industry is Integration into the world of international film business. Eurasia International film festival – as the largest film festival in Kazakhstan and in Central Asia – plays an important role in the realization of this task.
Eurasia Spotlight was founded in 2011 and is aimed at the stimulation of international cooperation. We are working closely with Eurasia International Film Festival, bringing together film professionals from around the world to connect and share their business experience in Almaty.
The main idea of our activity is to support Kazakhstan’s young talents. We promote the realization of creative plans of our filmmakers by giving them a chance to present and advance their projects on an international level, to gain additional skills at cinema platforms, and also to find partners and supporters, both within the country and abroad.
We would like to follow international trends the development of the film industry, and seek to be the vanguard of positive transformations in Kazakhstan.
Eurasia Spotlight is a business event. Its purpose is to create a regular, mobile and effective business platform directed at integrating Kazakhstan’s film industry into the international market.
Eurasia Spotlight features pitching, presentations, panel discussions, round tables and master classes, which not only involve our participants in the course of constructive initiatives, but also serve as tools in diagnosing the condition of Kazakhstan’s cinema at large, with a measurement of its current pulse, a review of current tendencies and an assessment of the prospects for development in general.
- Establishment of business contacts for international cooperation in the film industry;
- Attraction of leading experts of world film business to Kazakhstan;
- Integration of Kazakhstan filmmakers into the international professional community;
- Search of prospective projects and assistance for their realization;
- Stimulation of international co-production;
- Introduction of educational projects;
- Consultation of filmmakers on projects and cooperation.
Eurasia Spotlight is a unique platform for beginning creators, whose concepts come under the spotlight of experts of an international class. These are producers, directors, sales agents, journalists, distributors, festival selectors, critics, directors of funds and other world experts open for cooperation.
International co-production means not only a new way of development and new technical capabilities, but also new cultural and friendly relations, new movies and new audiences for the Kazakhstan film industry.
In turn, guests from the USA, France, Germany, South Korea, Russia and other countries get acquainted with the culture and opportunities of Kazakhstan, and discover a new generation of Kazakhstan’s filmmakers.
Dear friends, we believe in the magic of cinema! To achieve it, we need natural talent, persistence and readiness to devote oneself entirely to the process. Our work is to reveal, to inspire and to guide talents to professional success.
We wish you good luck and great successes!
Direction Of Eurasia Spotlight
Anna Katchko | Iliyas Akhmet
The team of Eurasia Spotlight
Kazakhstan, Germany, France
Director: Emir Baigazin
• Eurasia Spotlight – 2011 | Winner
Participant of the competition of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival – for the first time from Kazakhstan.
Winner of the Silver Bear “for the outstanding visual solution” (best camerawork).
Participant of more than 80 festivals and winner of more than 30 international awards.
Festival Grand Prix in Seattle, Geneva, Basel, Amiens, Angers, in Slovakia, at the festival 2morrow in Moscow, in São Paulo, and also awards for Best Director and Best Actor of festivals of Tribeca, American Film Institute, Warsaw IFF and others. Special mention of Asia Pacific Screen Awards for “special achievements in direction”.
Director: Adilkhan Erzhanov
• Eurasia Spotlight – 2011 | Winner
Participant of the official program of the 67th Cannes International Film Festival.
“Free Spirit” Award at the Warsaw IFF and Special Mention of the Jury at IFF in Chicago. “Elephant” of the Russian Guild of Film Critics and Film Scholars “for a cheerful, honest and brave view of our life” at Kinoshok. Special Diploma of the Jury “For esthetic minimalism in social cinema” at Listopad IFF in Minsk, Belarus. Prize for Best Film and NETPAC prize for Best Asian Film at Cultural Resistance IFF in Lebanon.
Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominations: “Best Film” and “Best Camerawork”.
Participant of more than 30 festivals.
Director: Nariman Turebayev
• Eurasia Spotlight – 2011 | Participant
Participant of the main competition of the 49th International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary and more than 20 festivals worldwide.
FIPRESCI Prize and NETPAC Prize at 10th IFF Eurasia.
THE WALNUT TREE
Director: Erlan Nurmukhambetov
• Eurasia Spotlight – 2015 | Participant
First prize in New Currents section of the 20th Busan IFF. Special prize of the international jury (“For the ability to raise a smile, despite a difficult economic and political situation”) and Special Prize of Film Critics (“For a live and a courageous portrait of rural life”) of the 22nd International Film Festival of Asian cinema in Bezel.