SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2019
Selection committee

Yuliya Kim

Executive Director of the Almaty Film Festival

International Producer.

Since 2011, she has been working on the promotion of Kazakhstani films for international film festivals and is actively working to build partnerships with film festivals, foreign film funds and major producers in Europe and Asia.

She worked on the promotion of the following films:

2012 – “Student” by Darezhan Omirbayev – Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), international film festivals in Tokyo, Busan, Portugal (Jury Prize), etc.

2015 – “Stranger” by Yermek Tursynov – international film festivals in Toronto, Australia, London, Tallinn, etc.

2015 – “Walnut Tree” by Yerlan Nurmukhambetov – Grand Prix of the Busan Film Festival, IFF Warsaw, Vesoul (2 prizes), Fajr (Best Asian Film), Tulpar awards “Director of the Year” and “Film of the Year”, etc.

As a producer:

2018 – “Personal Growth Training” by Farkhat Sharipov – Producer – Busan Film Festival, GRAND PRIX of the Moscow IFF, Hamburg IFF.

2019 – “Horse Thieves” by Yerlan Nurmukhambetov  (Kazakh and Japanese co-production) – Producer – nearing completion.

Yuliya Kim presents Kazakhstani films to foreign film funds, film critics and film archives, organizes retrospective shows of Kazakhstani directors and special shows abroad as well as actively attracts major foreign producers to joint projects with Kazakhstan.

Zhanel Sariyeva

Creative Producer of the Almaty Film Festival

Coaching psychologist, business coach.

Zhanel Sariyeva was born in the city of Almaty. She graduated with honors from the Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi with a degree in International Relations. After graduation, she studied at the New York Film Academy based at Universal Studios Hollywood, and at the International Academy of Psychological Sciences. She is the holder of the UNDP scholarship for the Professional Mediators Training Program. Since 2009, she has undergone various internships and training courses at the UN Secretariat under the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, IGI Enterprises LLP (USA), KISTEP (South Korea), PIT (Germany), Transparency International (Lithuania), OTUMK (Russia ), etc.

Zhanel Sariyeva worked as a head of the Niet Charitable Foundation, a full-time coach of the School of Political Management, an international cooperation manager at the National Agency for Technological Development; she is also a life-coach for communications, and a practicing psychologist.

Zhanel Sariyeva co-organized events such as the International Forum «Shape Eurasia 2014» and the Republican contest for the best idea for a social video.

As a creative producer, she produced successful projects such as the film «Offline holiday», as well as documentaries «1000 Years of Almaty», «7 Heights of Almaty», «Winter Universiade in the City of 1000 Colors», «Video Encyclopedia» and «Kazakhstanis are Heroes of the Soviet Union».

Assel Sagatova

Head of the screenwriting competition «Made In Almaty»

Film actress.

Assel Sagatova was born in the city of Semey. In 2003, she distinguished herself on the big screen in the film “The Mother’s Lament for Mankurt”, which was based on the novel of the famous Kyrgyz writer Chinghiz Aitmatov.  Along with filming and numerous photoshoots, Assel graduated with honors from the Faculty of International Relations at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and also successfully obtained a master’s degree. She completed an acting course at the New York Film Academy LA, USA. She worked as a TV presenter for a long time.

Winner of the award in the category “Discovery of the Year” at the film festival “ASTANA 2010” by Timur Bekmambetov.

Winner of the award of the First President Foundation, 2011.

Winner of the award “People’s Favorite”, 2012.

Winner of the award “FUN FEARLESS FEMALE 2013” in the category “Actress of the Year”, winner of the special prize for “Contribution to the development of the film industry of Kazakhstan” of the award “FUN FEARLESS FEMALE 2014” according to the international glossy magazine “Cosmopolitan”.

The actress has appeared in many successful films such as “The Racketeer”, “The Irony of Love”, “Bauyrzhan Momyshuly”, “The Knight’s Move”, “Nazarbayev. Live”, etc. 

Timur Zhaksylykov

Kazakhstani film and television screenwriter.

He made his debut as a screenwriter in 2007 and became the author of the screenplay for the feature film “Racketeer” of the studio SATAIFILM. In subsequent years, he took part in writing screenplays for the TV series “Brothers”, “Kulyash”, “Duty”, “Future”, “Sunkar”, “Baurzhan Momyshuly”, “Return”, “Karashanyrak”, “Friends”, “Love In My Heart”, feature films “Lost”, “Liquidator”, “Myn Bala”, “The Road to Mother”, “Hacker”, “Districts”, “The Way of the Leader. Astana”, “Businessmen” and the big premiere of this year “Tomiris”.

Timur Zhaksylykov is the winner of honorary awards such as the National Award 2017 for the best screenplay of the feature film “Districts” and The State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the screenplay of the feature film “The Road to Mother”.