Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Dear participants and guests of the Eurasia Film Festival!
The Fifteenth anniversary Eurasia International Film Festival will be held this year. It is the largest cinema forum in the Eurasian continent accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).
It is significant that this is the first festival since the adoption of the Law “On Cinematography” in the Republic of Kazakhstan aimed at establishing the legal framework in the field of cinema.
Thanks to all-round support of the Leader of Nation, the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, today the domestic film industry rises to a new quality level in development.
I would like to note that during its work, Eurasia has become not only cultural event in Kazakhstan, but also a truly competent professional platform, contributing to the dynamic development of the entire Kazakhstani film industry. Its confident growth has become an integral feature of modern Kazakhstan.
At the Year of Youth opening ceremony, Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that “all the efforts undertaken are aimed at preparing the country for future breakthrough and creating strong Kazakhstan.”
Considering all the above, I believe that the upcoming Festival will be enriched with opening new faces among creative and progressive youth, establishing contacts and large film projects, including the leading international film companies!
by the Chairman of Non-profit Joint Stock Company State Center for the Support of National Cinema
I am glad to welcome you at the Fifteenth anniversary Eurasia Film Festival, which is the only film forum in the world that represents a unique and creative Eurasian continent.
This year’s format promises to be very productive. It represents a wide geography of participants in the contests, an impressive Hollywood family tour, the list of guest film producers, directors from Europe and Asia.
In addition, as part of the Festival, a competitive selection of co-production film projects with the participation of foreign producers and film companies will take place, a number of business meetings will be held, new projects will be presented, a full exchange of experiences will happen, and future film business will be discussed for Kazakhstan and Central Asia.
Therefore, we expect bright discoveries, successful projects and productive outcomes from this Film Festival!
The President of Eurasia International Film Festival
I am pleased to welcome all the guests and participants of Eurasia Film Festival!
This year we have a so-called anniversary – the festival is taking place for the fifteenth time.
Today we can say that Eurasia has taken a worthy place on the cinematic map of the world. It is a merit of all who stood at the origins of the Festival, who in different years invested their energy and talent in this project. The Film Festival was able to become a prestigious professional platform, contributing to the dynamic development of the entire domestic film industry.
This year we tried to make our contest program to fully reflect the traditional concept of Eurasia - the establishment of cinematographic bridge between the East and the West. New films from Kazakhstan, China, France, Russia, Macedonia, Italy, Philippines, Israel, Ukraine, Australia and other countries were selected for the main contest. Our viewers will be able to watch an interesting out-of-contest program: Special Occasion, Object-glass, From the Heart of Eurasia, NETPAC choice.
We invited three jury members to the festival: the main jury, the short meter jury and the independent jury of NETPAC that will be joined by a FIPRESCI representative. The Festival center will host workshops by famous filmmakers. Pitching of film projects aimed at co-production with foreign companies and round tables on topics relevant to our film industry will be taking place. Professional Film Club will be working for our guests at the Festival.
In general, Eurasia’s entire daily program promises to be intense and diverse.
I wish all of us a great time of celebrating film!