The Almaty Film Festival attracts all movie lovers in the middle of September in Almaty. It’s a new international festival for the city, which was initiated by the Almaty government in 2018 and is organised by Astana Film Fund. Whether a movie lover or film producer, visiting this festival will enrich your experience. The Almaty Film Festival, the hotspot for cinema lovers, is absolutely unique project.
In the competition program, special attention is paid to those films that are made as a co-production of several counties aiming to show and develop the cultural dialogue between various nations. As Kazakhstan is a multinational country, it’s important to keep that aspect, even in the cinema industry. Another important thing is to present the possibilities of film production in Kazakhstan, where one can find all kinds of natural landscapes, and based on the new law on cinema, one can have 30% tax rebate on the budget spent in Kazakhstan for film production. Thus, this attracts foreign cinema companies and established partnerships, searching for new opportunities for Kazakh cinema, to enter the international film market. Kazakh film production makes great progress in the last years. But as it grows and develops, it needs more attention.
The opening of the first Almaty Film Festival in 2018 took place on the Republic Square, and it involved several cinemas of the city and the Mercure Almaty City Center Hotel. Every year, the event has different venues, so it's important to check it on their website before you come.
To get the accreditation, which allows you to watch all the film and attend business forum events, you must visit the website of the Almaty Film Festival and fill in the accreditation form. If you are working for any media, you can get press accreditation, that allows you to access the film screenings, including closed and press screenings, business forum, press conferences and special events organized for the press.
If you come to Almaty in September and if you are a movie lover, don’t forget to visit the Almaty Film Festival, or come especially for this event. It’s a good opportunity to watch new movies and see the collaboration of different countries. The festival is a good chance for all the cinema fans to discover how Kazakh films look like. It’s not even necessary to know the language as all the films have English subtitles. Moreover, you can see the biggest movie stars from all over the world personally. The Almaty Film Festival, the hotspot for cinema lovers, gives you such an opportunity.
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