As per the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan of October 5, 2018, the current 2019 is declared as the Year of Youth. Youth support is one of the priorities of the state policy.
Almaty Film Festival always pays great attention to young filmmakers, conducting master classes and projects pitching for them, provides conditions for free attendance of the festival events. During Cannes Film Festival Almaty Film Festival decided to support Ushkyn International Student Film Festival and screen the winning films of this year edition. This year Ushqyn film festival has grown to an international level with 35 short films in the program made by the students of 13 film
schools from 8 counties.