Second Cannes International Independent Film Festival (CIIFF) brings new talent to the big screen, thanks to Kazakh producer


NUR-SULTAN – The second Cannes International Independent Film Festival (CIIFF) brought together filmmakers from 18 countries to present 45 films. The festival, created in 2019 by an independent Cannes association Silk Road Production and initiated by Kazakh director and producer Anara Musrepova, took place in Cannes from October 1 to 3. Bulat Galimgereev, president of the jury for international films at CIIFF, is a producer and main organizer of the film company “Eurasia Film”.

This year’s documentaries and animated films were also popular with viewers and juries. Photo credit: CIIFF Faceebok account.

This year, the festival, aiming to consolidate independent filmmakers and unveil new directorial talents, brought together participants from countries such as Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Kuwait, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom and United States.

“During the preparations, we encountered several difficulties due to the pandemic, but, you know, the festival is a great adventure above all with its obstacles and its immense success. This allowed us to gain a lot of experience, ”said Musrepova.

She noted that the nonprofit Silk Road Productions exclusively funds the festival.

“We have an average budget, so we need institutional support and substantial funding to take it to the next level. I am ready to partner with companies around the world, ”she said.

The main requirement for film producers is a live film screening. CIIFF has given such an opportunity to 114 films from all over the world over the past two years.

“Nargesi” directed by Payam Eskandari has been awarded four times at a time and became the leader of CIIFF 2021. Based on real events, it tells the story of a man struggling with his Down syndrome, the most of which is great desire was to find love and get married.

Among the short films, the organizer of CIFF highlighted “Champion” directed by Silven Begert. He received the Grand Prix in the national category. As she explained, the film is about a 40-year-old boy, father of a boy, who decided to step into the ring with a professional boxer. It is filmed with style, charm, humor and a French atmosphere.

“This year there was a lot of love in the movies – love for people, nature, animals and work. The second edition of the festival was really special: we were waiting for the cinema to reopen, and had started the preparations. Our festival is also love. It’s a love for the seventh art, ”she concluded.


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