International Film Festival Ertis Cinema was held in Pavlodar

The first International Film Festival of Short Feature Films and Documentaries Ertis Cinema was held in Pavlodar, the hometown of the outstanding Kazakh actor and director Shaken Aimanov. Over 100 directors from more than 20 countries took part in this unique film event. 68 films created by young and very promising directors were selected from 207 submitted applications. The juries are well-known Kazakh actors, directors and scriptwriters. The winners were selected in four nominations, such as “The Best Documentary”, “The Best Feature Film”, “Special Jury Prize”, and “Audience Choice Award”. During the four-day competition, local residents had the opportunity to enjoy the works of the young and talented directors in one of the cinemas. Out-of-competition films were demonstrated for the audience on the last day of the festival.


- They are making their first steps in cinematography. The fact that these steps are made in Shaken Aimanov’s hometown is important for the city and the students. They may receive their first prize which they will keep in memory forever. No matter how many prizes they will win, this prize will be special.


- I have discovered some new names for myself. Some directors really caught my attention, so I will definitely follow the works and careers of these directors. Moreover, we suggested our viewers to not only to watch the films, but also to participate in the discussions.