The sixth annual International Film Festival of student films and film schools ‘Bastau’ was held in Almaty. A traditional festival of beginner filmmakers is aimed to reveal new names and talents in cinematography. This year, the competition organizing committee received more than 300 applications, more by 50 compared to last year. For the first time, the festival was attended by the participants from Brazil and Iran. The Selection Committee admitted nearly 60 works, including 11 feature films, documentaries and animation movies produced in Kazakhstan. Other works produced by the students of film schools, representing about 30 countries.

 

NURTAS ADAMBAYEV, MEMBER OF FILM FESTIVAL JURY

The themes were not specified. The films on various themes were represented. Film directors presented amateur films that reflect their personal creative vision. There were many social movies, provoking deep and philosophical thoughts.  

 

The festival as always encourages cooperation between young filmmakers of Europe and Asia. The festival offers filmmakers a platform to introduce and distribute their works; to increase interest in creation of a wide variety of films of various genres. Bastau film festival provides young directors and writers a unique platform for realization of their own projects.

 

HIRO NARITA, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, MEMBER OF JURY

There is an extraordinary number of films. I couldn’t believe they were student films. They look very professional. I really look forward to seeing these young filmmakers continue making interesting films and succeed in industry.

 

The films were evaluated by the jury of the festival including professionals and students. A film by a young director from Russia ‘Family Offline’ won the Grand Prize. The film from Georgia ‘Me, They and Daddy’ was recognized as the Best Feature Film. In the ‘Grand Prize from student jury’ nomination, the prize was awarded to the film director from Spain.

 

Photo: brod.kz

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