Names of the 14th Shaken Aimanov International Film Festival winners were announced in Almaty

Names of the 14th Shaken Aimanov International Film Festival winners were announced in Almaty. The Grand Prix for the best picture of ‘The Crossroads’ section was awarded to ‘Kande-lariya’ by Jhonny Hendrix Hinestrosa from Colombia. ‘The Tsar-Bird’ by Russian director Eduard Novikov was awarded the main prize in the competition program of the cinema of Turkic-speaking countries, ‘The Land of Fathers’ (which was organized for the first time this year). The special jury prize was granted to ‘Sunflower’ by Zhang Loping from China.

NAZIRA MUKASHEVA, FILM EXPERT:

 - These contests help to raise the level of Kazakh cinema. The categories of the festival are very diverse. There are documentaries, animation and author cinema. There is a young generation of talented directors, screenwriters and producers who work in these areas.

This year the Shaken Aimanov film festival competition has adopted a new concept. It no longer limits entries by age or locations. The competition also focuses on uniting the Turkic cinematographers in the heart of Central Asia. (The international jury evaluated 45 films from Turkey, Iran, Peru and Cuba).

BAKHRIDDIN ABDULLAYEV, UZBEK ACTOR:

 - The main goal of each festival is communication. This is a form of opinion exchange. We learn what is happening in Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

At the film festival, Almaty guests and residents watched the best examples of the contemporary world and domestic cinema in five days.