Festivals: call for entries

Kyrgyz films for the presentation at the Marche Du Film (Cannes Film Festival)


77th Cannes Film Festival: 14-25.05.2024 

Dates for Kyrgyz applicants: 06-12.05.2024 


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


On February 1, submission for the XX Kazan International Muslim Film Festival started. The submission will last till June 1, 2024. The Selection Committee will finish its work by the beginning of July. After this, the official selection will be announced.


ALTERNATIVA FILM PROJECT call for entries: Development Lab


Deadline: 28.04.2024

Bukhara, Almaty and online, June-October 2024

Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Winners of Short films Int. competition of the 16th "Cinema Verite" Iran IFF


Place: Iran, Tehran

Dates: 11-17.12.2022



Two films received the Best Film Award: "Keshim in Love" and "A Boat on the Sea" (both - Iranian films).


Special Jury prize gone to "45th Parallel" (UK, US, Canada).


Jury members of Short films of International competition of the 16th "Cinema Verite" Iran International Documentary Film Festival: Mustafa Ünlü (Turkey), Gulbara Tolomushova (Kyrgyzstan), Atiyeh Atamzaro (Iran).




"A Boat on the Sea"


Best film: "A Boat On The Sea", 2021, 29', director - Arman Gholipour Dashtaki, Iran.


A river, two houses across the river, four girls waiting for someone who comes true their dreams. 


A boat on the sea, the story of a teacher, four students, and a conex.


The documentary “A boat on the Sea” directed Arman Gholipour Dashtaki is about the story of a teacher who faces many difficulties in the way of teaching four girls-students.


This film is about a teacher who is trying to teach life and work to the students. While he is teaching he goes through many difficulties. 

According to the news headquarters of the 16th International Film Festival " Cinema-Verite ", the director and producer of the documentary "A Boat on the Sea", who is applying to the 16th " Cinema-Verite " Iran International Documentary Film Festival , said: "Last year, I saw a film about a teacher He goes to his classroom through a difficult path and crosses a river for teaching his four female students. The director of this documentary films said that since I like any other documentary maker who comes across a topic like this and pays for it and decides to make it, I tried to find this teacher because I consider it my duty to make this sacrifice with the camera in my hand. capture and record. This filmmaker said about this teacher: The interesting thing about this teacher is that he has only four female students under his training in a conex and every day he faces some difficulties on his way. This film is a cinematic work that every audience who watches, makes think about the reality of life. This filmmaker said about the " Cinema-Verite " festival: In all these fifteen times that this festival has been held, I have tried to be influential in all sectors and try to promote documentary cinema, but in the end, I think the mission of documentary cinema is to show the problems and harms of society in It is a space far from limitations and I hope " Cinema-Verite " will provide more space for these films and filmmakers.


Best film: "Keshim in Love", 2022, 37', director - Amir Agha Abdollahi, Iran.


This documentary is the story of a bird named Keshim, whose habitat is in Chaghkhor wetland in Borujen city. Throughout his life, Keshim has dreams that are interpreted after a while. He is afraid of the interpretation of his dreams.


Atiyeh Atamzaro & Mustafa Ünlü gave the award to film "45th Parallel"


Special Jury prize: "45th Parallel" by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, 15', 2022, UK/US/Canada


Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a Private Ear: a detective of sounds and their traces. His new film commission, 45th Parallel, focuses on the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, a unique municipal site that straddles the jurisdictions of Canada and the United States. Built by the Haskell family in 1904, the site was originally constructed to provide education and cultural enrichment to the border communities located on the 45th parallel in Rock Island, Quebec and Derby Line, Vermont. A thick black line demarcating the border runs through the entire building, dividing the library collections and creating the only cross-border theatre in the world, where the audience and actors are in different countries. Filmed on location, 45th Parallel activates this unique site’s legal and symbolic potential.