Jury Chairman

Film director, scriptwriter, writer, tutor

Born on July 12, 1939, in Batumi. He graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of the University of Tbilisi (1964), the directing department of VGIK (1969, workshop G. Chukhrai).

In 1957-1959 he worked as an assistant director at the studio Georgia-Film, and in parallel with this in the editorial office of the newspaper “Molodyezh’ Gruzii/Youth of Georgia”. In 1969-1974 he was the director of the creative association “Telefilm” in Tbilisi, where he made several documentary films, and from 1974 he was the director of the film studio “Georgia-Film”. At the creative association “Telefilm”, Kvirikadze made the documentary films “The Plunge”, “In the Pamir Mountains” and “Zazdravnaya”.

He is the author/co-author of the scenarios of his films, as well as the films “Robinsonade, or My English Grandfather,” “Abrasion,” “The Beast, or Someone Other,” “Limit,” “A Thousand and One Recipe for a Chef in Love”. Appears in the credits of the film “Generation “P”” (2011). Editor of the film “Crusader” (1995).

In recent years, lives in the city of Los Angeles, California, works in the United States, France, Germany, Georgia and Russia. He is a tutor of the Higher Courses of Scriptwriters and Film Directors, directs a workshop for directing fiction together with Andrei Dobrovolsky at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Honored Artist of Georgia since 1983. The winner of the 1993 Eisenstein Prize contest for the screenplay for the film “The Murder of William Shakespeare”.





Actress, director

In 1996 graduated from the Schepkin Drama School, the course of V. Korshunov. After graduation worked in ‘Satirikon’ theatre, and during 1997-2006 ― in Mossovet Theatre. Takes part in films and TV series (‘Tests for Real Men’, ‘Once in a Province’, ‘Officers’, ‘Hero of Our Time’). In 2015 was enrolled at the Higher Course for Scriptwriters and Filmmakers (workshop of feature filmmaking, mentors ― I. Kvirikadze and A. Dobrovolsky). E. Bolgova’s films ‘Interaction’ and ‘Argument’ were previously demonstrated at the festival ‘East&West’ in the program ‘Actor as Director’





Sylvain Coutandin

Sylvain Coutandin was born in Châlons-en-Champagne in France in 1970. He was from beginning of school in a special Music School learning all about Music and playing viola (Alto). Always interested with the world of Music and wanted to study Filmmaking. Sylvain first studied and discovered editing in Reims, France. Then studied Filmmaking at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. Finally because of love for film theory he studied Cinéma in the Sorbonne, Paris, France.
Sylvain started to work as an Editor Assistant for TV and Feature films in Germany in 1997 and soon edited himself TV series, TV Movies and Feature films in Germany, Canada, France and Kazakhstan. Some of these films received several prizes in diverse film Festivals all around the world. 
Sylvain is a member of the German Guild of Film Editors (BFS).





Film director, actor, scriptwriter, art director

Born on September 1, 1960 in the village of Chubar, Karabulak District, Taldykurgan Region, Kazakhstan. He graduated from the decorative department of the Almaty Art School in 1980; the art department of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography in the specialty: artistic director of cinema and television (courses of S. Solovyov; VGIK, Moscow, 1990).

Art director of films: “One and a Half Pieces” (1987), “Final Stop” (1989), “Surzhekej - Angel of Death” (1991), “Cardiogram” (1995), “Aksuat” (1998), “Three Brothers” ( 2000) and others. Director of the documentary film “The Last Resettlement” (1999). Over the years, he directed the full-length films “Zhide” and “Seker”.

In 2017, the “Oralman” film was released on large screens, the world premiere of which took place as part of the 35th Fajr International Film Festival, where the film won the main prize among foreign films. Also, the film won the Grand Prix at the XIII International Film Festival “Eurasia”. In addition, at the XIII Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema, actor Dulyga Akmolda received the prize “Best Actor”. The film also won the Best Film Award and a special mention of the independent jury SIGNIS at the 20th “Religion Today” International Religious Film Festival in Italy and the Special Award for Excellence at the 66th Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival in Germany. In February, the film won the prize “Best International Feature Film” at the 22nd IFF in Nepal. The film also won in two nominations for the Ak Ilbirs film award in Bishkek. The film received the prize “The Best Film of Central Asia”, and the leading actor Dulyga Akmold was recognized as the Best Actor of Central Asia.

The artistic picture was recognized as the best in the six nominations of the Tulpar film award.





Film director, scriptwriter and producerBorn in Kyrgyzstan in 1964. Graduated from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts named after T. Zhurgenev.
His short film “No Crying, Rhino” (1994) won a prize at the International Film Festival in Montecatini Terme (Italy), and the documentary “Devil's Bridge” (1996) was shown at the International Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand (Italy). His full-length debut “Unknown Route” (2008) won many festivals, including the 2008 Eurasia IFF, where the film won the Special Jury Prize. Other feature films include “Passion” (2013), “Night Accident” (2017), “Welcome, Mr. President” (2018).