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

Gulbara Tolomushova

Contacts: Cinema House
Work address: 13, Logvinenko Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 720040
WhatsApp: +996779167372

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Education: All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK, 1984-1989), Study of the film art, film history, film critics, Moscow, Russia

State Award: On the November 17, 2006 got a Honorary Diploma of commendation of Kyrgyz Republic

                      On the November 17, 2012 got a breastplate "Excellent worker of culture of Kyrgyzstan"

                      On the March 19, 2018 got a breastplate "Excellent worker of Kyrgyz cinematography"

                      On August 31, 2021 got the Honorary title: "Honored Worker of Kyrgyz Culture" 



Note: the November 17 is the Day of the Kyrgyz Cinema.



At present:
1)  Member of FIPRESCI (International Federation of the Cinematography Press) and NETPAC (Network by Promotion of the Asian Cinema), Filmmakers Union of Kyrgyz Republic member & International Department, Central Asian Pen-club member
2) Promoter of the movies made by Cinema Development Fund and other Kyrgyz film-companies to the International film festivals
3) Main expert on international relations and the promotion of films of the Cinema House by Ministry of Culture, Information & Tourizm of the Kyrgyz Republic from 2017 January - present time
4) Main Editor and Author of the website of the Cinema Development Fund - last review
5) Main Editor and Author of the website of the Department of the Cinematography by Ministry of Culture & Tourizm of the Kyrgyz Republic 
6) Programmer of the Forum for the Young Cinema HOPE in Bishkek
7) Author of a lot of articles and presentations about Kyrgyz cinema, have published in Kyrgyzstan, CIS and foreign countries.
8)  Author of monograph «Territory Kinostan: Kyrgyz cinema in the persons», 2009 
9) Author of the book about women in the Kyrgyz cinema, 2017
10)  Author of internet-magazine «Kinocultura», www.kinocultura.com
11)  Author of magazine «Madaniyat»
12) Author of column in the newspaper «Vecherniy Bishkek», www.vb.kg - please open here
13) Author of the magazine Forum (Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation, Moscow) - from October 2018 - first article here, second here
14) Author of the website Assol.kg (in past)
15) Author of the website Gradus.kg (in Past)
16) Author of the newspaper New faces: last article
17) Regularly takes part at the work of International film festival as well as jury member
18) Author of the popular web portal for youth - Limon.kg (Last article: Film-critic Gulbara Tolomushova about film Salam, New York
19) Cooperates with the eminent foreign film experts who study Central Asian Cinema
20) Curator of the participation of the Kyrgyz short films at the Dubai IFF since 2008, in past
As well as:  
2011 - 2017 Main expert on international relations and the promotion of films of the Cinema Department by Ministry of Culture, Information & Tourizm of the Kyrgyz Republic
1990-2014 Scientific worker of the art studying department of the Institute of the Kyrgyz Language & Literature by the name of Chingiz Aytmatov of National Academia Sciencies of Kyrgyz Republic.
2009-2012 Expert of the International Festival for Human Right documentaries «One World Kyrgystan»
November, 15, 2004 – March, 27, 2010 Vice-chairman of Filmmakers Union of Kyrgyz Republic
In 2007-2010 - Tele and radio narrator of following TV-program: «Old cinema», TV-project «Internews/Kg» at the «5th channel», «Kinostan» at the radio Manas/FM.
In 2010 - Author of the newspaper «Obshestvennyi reiting», www.pr.kg
In 2007-2009 - Curator of Kyrgyz program International film festival «Bishkek» (Kg-De-Fr-Esp)
In 2005 made the project «Film festival of Mahmalbaf family in Bishkek» with support of Soros-Kyrgyzstan Fund, Art&Culture Net-Program Open Society Institute-Budapest, «Kinoservice» - Dushanbe, Makhmalbaf Film House, Filmmakers Union of Kyrgyz Republic
In 2004 Project producer “Oedipus” of O.Hodjakuli director with support of Art&Culture Net-Program Open Society Institute-Budapest in direction of Program by way of partnership. Video film performance was screening at the following festivals: «Saint Ann - 2005» (Moscow), IX National Cinematography Forum in Moscow – 2005, «Kinoshok - 2005» (Anapa) and etc.
In 2004 in cooperation with Zebo Najmetdinova (Tajikistan) and Kamran Shirdel (Iran) made the project «Cinema from Kish to Dushanbe» in Tajikistan, with support of Art&Culture Net-Program Open Society Institute-Budapest.
In 2002 hold a film festival «Algambra» dedicated to the memory of famous Kyrgyz director Dinara Asanova with support of Soros-Kyrgyzstan Fund
Since 2002 to 2009 author of magazine «Kinoforum», Moscow production
Since 2003 to 2007 author of magazine «MSN», Bishkek
Since May, 1, 2001 to September,1, 2004 manager of cultural programs of Information Art Center of Soros-Kyrgyzstan Fund, then the Central Asian Art Academy
1999 - 2004 author of first six events and editor (№№ 4, 5, 6) of literary miscellany «Kurak» about culture and art of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia of Soros-Kyrgyzstan Fund
1999 - 2003 commentator of film program department of National television (NTRC), author and leader TV-program «Komponeum kinokadr» (Diploma of the Bishkek television festival – 1998).
MIFF-2019: Documentary competition jury - open here

Max Tsui (Germany), Gulbara Tolomushova (Kyrgyzstan),

Philippe Reinhardt (Switzerland),

Fabio Canepa (Italy), Ayub Shahobiddinov (Chairman, Uzbekistan)

Two short fiction competitions jury at the Prologue IFF, Tashkent-2018

Almaty, 20.09.2018, Baikonyr Film Festival, made by Nelya Sadykova
With famous Kazakh film-director Zhanna Issabayeva, Almaty 2018
Bengaluru IFF, Feb-2018
Dhaka IFF, Jan-2018
With Roza Otunbaeva & Flora Gazieva, 23.05.2017, Bishkek
Book about Women in Kyrgyz cinema:
With Mohamad Malas, famous director from Syria in Dhaka-2016
Umut-2016, October, Bishkek
With actor Aziz Muradilaev, Bishkek
Istanbul, October 8, 2016
With famous Russian actress Lyudmila Chursina
Osh, Kyrgyzstan, 20.04.2016
14th at the Dhaka, 2016, FIPRESCI members with president - Ms. Alin Tasciyan
Jury of the II IFF Silver Akbuzat, Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia

Eurasia IFF, Almaty - 2015



Doha, Qatar, Islamic Museum, April 2013



With Emir Baigazin, Abu Dhabi, 31.10.2013