Festivals: call for entries

Entry Form: the National Award Ak Ilbirs-2018



Call the entries: the National Award Ak Ilbirs-2018


Cinema Department: new competition for the film about Kojomkul

Kojomkul was born in the Suusamyr valley in 1889 and died in 1955 at the age of 66. As an adult he stood 2.3m tall (7 feet 5 inches) and weighed 164kg (nearly 26 stone). Encouraged by his superhuman size and strength, he participated in many competitive bouts of strength in his youth. On one occasion, he took part in a wrestling competition in the Toktogul area where he beat many better-known wrestlers and won the prize of 50 sheep and several mares, which he is said to have distributed to the poor of his village. By the late 1920s there was no-one to rival him in Kyrgyzstan, and in the region as a whole the only challenge came from the Kazakh wrestler Cholok Balaban who he eventually fought and beat in the 23rd minute of an inter-republic wrestling contest.

Fifth Arthouse Film Festival
Background and goals

In 2005 a group of leaders in the field of Kyrgyz cinema decided to develop a concept and strategy of cinema development in Kyrgyzstan in order to find ways of solving existing problems in this sector.
Finally a strategic document consisting of 43 pages was developed – Target programme “ Kyrgyz Cinema – 2010”, later named as “Strategy 10+”.


This document covers all main directions in development of Kyrgyz cinema: education, technical equipment, film production, author’s rights, distribution and marketing, film festival and TV channel of arthouse cinema.
Annually report round table is held, where the results of implemented work are discussed, moreover the plans for every next year are established. Every time, while realizing the projects, we get confirmation that the goals of the Strategy 10+ can be reached.



  • To promote Kyrgyz cinema to world film markets
  • To take own niche in modern film process
  • Kyrgyzstan – is a territory of arthouse cinema



  • Kyrgyz films are invited to International film festivals
  • Kyrgyz films have world distribution
  • Kyrgyz young film directors declare about themselves in modern cinematography
  • Kyrgyz film projects are supported by western film funds
  • Kyrgyz cinema is known, everyone talk about it and watch it