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

Wednesday, 15 March 2023 00:00

The film "Esimde" directed by Aktan Arym Kubat will be shown at the Cinema house


Date & time: 16.03.2023 at 5 pm

Place: Cinema House, Logvinenko, 13, Bishkek

The screening will be at the frame of Cinema Club "Alternative" named after G.Bazarov.





"Esimde" (This is what I remember)



The film “Esimde” tells a tragic story of turned into an amnesiac old man Zarlyk who after twenty-three years of ordeal in a foreign land, returns to his homeland. Events take place in a village in Kyrgyzstan, where he is brought by his matured son Kubat. Much has changed during his absence: the morals of the villagers, mired in the realities of a changing world, radicalization of Islam, growing crime, and moral corrosive corruption began to consume...


Zarlyk’s wife Umsunai, having lost hope of his return, went into religion, married the local authority Jaichy. The bright past invades the already accustomed Umsunai’s life. But nothing touches Zarlyk. An inexplicable passion for collecting garbage replaced him everything. Will the memory return to him and will Umsunai gain lost happiness when they are pressed by tight attitudes and immorality of the clergy, when love has eclipsed recklessness?


Festivals & awards:


1. World premiere - Tokyo IFF, 24.10-02.11.2022


2. Asian Oscar: Ceremony of "Asian Oscar" - APSA - Asian Pacific Screen Awards was in Australian today.  The film "Esimde" (This is what I remember) won Jury Grand Prize, 11.11.2022


3. XVI Eurasia International Film festival: Grand Prix, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 12-18.12.2022