Festivals: call for entries

Reception of applications for Kazan International Muslim Film Festival is still in progress


Reception of applications for the XVIII Kazan International Muslim Film Festival began in January 1, 2022, and will last till June 1, 2022. KIMFF-2022 will be held in Kazan from September 7 to 11 with the support of the president of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, in partnership with the strategic vision group “Russia – Islamic world”.


33rd Open festival of the documentary cinema "Rossia", Ekaterinburg, 1-6/10/2022

VII Baiqonyr IFF: Call for entries 


Place: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Dates: 07-11.09.2022

Tuesday, 11 January 2022 00:00

Shambala will be shown at 20th Dhaka International Film Festival


Dates of the festival: 15-23.01.2022

Place of the festival: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Program where Shambala will be shown: main competition - Asian Competition Section




The general theme of the festival is ‘Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society’.   The Festival has been organized on a regular basis by Rainbow Film Society, which has been dedicated to the promotion of a healthy cine culture in Bangladesh and in celebrating the global mainstream in film and its social relevance since 1977.


The festival will have a competition for “Asian Cinema Competition Section”, “Legendary leaders who changed the world”, “Tribute”, “Retrospective”, “Bangladesh Panorama Section”, “Cinema of the World Section”, “Children Films Section”, “Women Filmmakers Section”, “Short and Independent Films Section” and “Spiritual Films Section”.


Asian Competition Section:

Fictional films from Asia with a minimum length of 70 minutes are eligible for entry in this portion. An international jury board will adjudicate the Asian competition section. The award will include a crest, certificate for the best film and also Taka One Lac (1200USD) only.


The international jury committee will also select one Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Script and Best Cinematographer. These awards will consist of a crest and certificate.





«Shambala», drama, 93 min., DCP, color, 2020, Kyrgyzstan

Production: National Film-Studio “Kyrgyzfilm” named after T.Okeyev with the participation of the Film-Studio "Aytysh-film"

Based on the motives of Chingiz Aitmatov’s story “The White Ship”

Director and Scriptwriter: Artykpay Suyundukov

Directors of photography: Akjol Bekbolotov and Murat Aliev

Production Designer: Tolgobek Koichumanov

Composer: Murzali Jeenbaev

Sound: Bakut Niyazaliev, Kalybek Sherniyazov

Producers: Aybek Djangaziev, Meder Suyundukov ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Eldiyar Madakim

Cast: Artur Amanaliev (Shambala), Nasret Dubashev (granddad Momun), Talant Apyev (Orozkul), Djamilia Sydykbaeva (Karyz), Taalaikan Abazova (Bekey) 


  Festivals & awards:

●World premiere 23rd Shanghai IFF, 25.07 – 02.08.2020

●Best music: Murzali Jeenbaev and Special Diploma jury for the best performance of the role Shambala gone to Artur Amanaliev at the 29th Kinoshock OFF, Anapa, Russia, 17-23.10.2020

●Best male role: Nasret Dubashev (granddad Momun), 2nd Moscow Premiere IFF, 12-17.11.2020

●Best direction: Artykpay Suyundukov, 26th Kolkata IFF, 8-15.01.2021

●«Nika» award in nomination «The best film of CIS and Baltic countries» of the national film award in Russia presented by the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Science, Moscow, 25.04.2021



Synopsis.The film Shambala based on the story White Ship written by Chingiz Aitmatov.

On a forest cordon, lost high in the mountains, an old man with an old woman and an old man's daughter with a husband live with a patriarchal way of life. It is a peculiar model of society - four adults and the fifth is the seven year old grandson of an old man, named Shambala. "Sham" by Kyrgyz means "candle", and "bala" means "a boy", "child". That is, literally "boy candle" or "a boy emitting glow". Shambala firmly believes into the ancient fairy tale - the myth about Mother Deer, who saved the last baby of their kinship from its enemies and fed it with her milk. Despite the fact thet over time people have killed Deer, the boy believes and looking forward that someday deer will still return to their edges.


Artykpay Suyundukov, well-known director, scriptwriter, actor, in 1978 he graduated from the  VGIK, Moscow. He had made three feature films and about 15 documentaries during Soviet period. Since 2000 to present time he teaches film-directing in the Kyrgyz-Turkish University “Manas”.