SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2019
The expert jury

Akan Satayev

President of the Almaty Film Festival​

Kazakhstani film director, actor, screenwriter and producer.

One of the most commercially successful directors in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Akan Satayev was born in the city of Karaganda. He graduated from the Academy of Arts named after T.K. Zhurgenov with a degree in film directing.

In 2003, he founded the largest film studio Sataifilm to date. Over the following years, he made more than 10 feature films such as «Racketeer», «Districts», and «The Way of the Leader. Astana», as well as TV shows and over 300 commercials.

In 2016, the Astana Film Fund was founded; one of its heads is Akan Satayev.

Akan Satayev holds honorary awards and titles.

In 2012, Akan received the «Honored Worker of Kazakhstan» award.

At the end of 2014, by popular vote, he was recognized as the best figure in the film industry of Kazakhstan, becoming the winner of the National Award «People’s Favorite of the Year.» Akan is a multiple winner of the «Altyn Zhuldyz» award.

One of his works «Districts» won an award at the Asian Film Festival CASA Asia in Barcelona, as well as the prizes of the National Award «Tulpar 2017» such as «Best Film», «Best Director’s Work», «Best Screenplay», «Best Actor», «Best Soundtrack».

The feature film «Road to Mother» was recognized as the best in Central Asia within the VI National Film Award «Ak Ilbirs» in Bishkek. The film was shown at the 38th Moscow International Film Festival, as well as at the Eurasian Bridge International Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix, and the actress Altynai Nogerbek received the prize for Best Actress. It was also recognized as the best feature film at the Eurasian Film Festival in New York (New York EURASIAN Film Festival). In 2018, Akan Satayev also won the State Award of the Republic of Kazakhstan in literature and art for the full-length feature film.

Armanzhan Baitassov

He is a Kazakhstani businessman, one of the founders of the independent mass media in Kazakhstan, the founder of the newspapers «Megapolis», «Business and Government», the founder of the broadcasting companies «Channel 31», «Radio 31», the editor of the leading business paper «Forbes Kazakhstan», the head of the holding company «Tan Media Group» and a professional TV journalist.

Armanzhan Baitassov owns the channels «MuzzOne», «NBT (Independent Television of Bishkek)», the magazines «Forbes Kazakhstan» and «Forbes Georgia», shares of JSC «Jet Airlines», TV channels in Karaganda, Pavlodar and a number of development projects. He is a member of the YPO Kazakhstan, a participant of the project «Mother’s Home», the chairman of the Kazakhstan Media Alliance. He is the founder of the media project «Business FM».

Armanzhan Baitassov was born in the city of Almaty. In 1992, he graduated from the Kazakh State University named after S. M. Kirov. During the same period, he founded the broadcasting company «Channel 31». He is a Candidate of Philological Sciences and an academician of the Academy of Journalism of Kazakhstan.

 

Armanzhan Baitassov is the holder of honorary awards and titles.

Winner of the award of the «Youth Union of Kazakhstan».

Winner of the TV competition «Golden Star».

In 2000, he was awarded the golden statuette «Altyn Adam» in the category «Best Leader» at the competition and festival «Choice of the Year».

In 2018, he was awarded the Order «Kurmet».

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Corporate Fund «Charitable Foundation for the Support and Development of the Media of Kazakhstan».

Armanzhan Baitassov owns the channels «MuzzOne», «NBT (Independent Television of Bishkek)», the magazines «Forbes Kazakhstan» and «Forbes Georgia», shares of JSC «Jet Airlines», TV channels in Karaganda, Pavlodar and a number of development projects. He is a member of the YPO Kazakhstan, a participant of the project «Mother’s Home», the chairman of the Kazakhstan Media Alliance. He is the founder of the media project «Business FM».

Armanzhan Baitassov was born in the city of Almaty. In 1992, he graduated from the Kazakh State University named after S. M. Kirov. During the same period, he founded the broadcasting company «Channel 31». He is a Candidate of Philological Sciences and an academician of the Academy of Journalism of Kazakhstan.

Armanzhan Baitassov is the holder of honorary awards and titles.

Winner of the award of the «Youth Union of Kazakhstan».

Winner of the TV competition «Golden Star».

In 2000, he was awarded the golden statuette «Altyn Adam» in the category «Best Leader» at the competition and festival «Choice of the Year».

In 2018, he was awarded the Order «Kurmet».

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Corporate Fund «Charitable Foundation for the Support and Development of the Media of Kazakhstan».