Bishkek, Feb. 20, 2018 / Kabar /. The capital of Tatarstan, Kazan will host the Festival of Turkic Cinema for the first time on March 21-25. The forum will be attended by representatives of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
The idea of organizing the festival originated in 2017 at the first meeting of the Association of the Cinema of the Turkic World in Istanbul. The Association's management included well-known figures of cinema, including filmmaker Ogtay Mir-Kasym, film producer from Kazakhstan Kanat Torebai, filmmaker, producer, founder of the Kyrgyz film studio Aitysh Film, the Nika film prize winner Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, Soviet and Turkmen filmmaker, screenwriter and cameraman Khodzhakuli Narliev, Turkish filmmakers and producers Ismail Gyunesh and Fedayi Oztyurk, Russian film producer, Head of Tatarkino and Kazan International Muslim Film Festival Milyausha Ayutuganova.
The association's mission is to demonstrate the achievements of Turkic cinema to the audience of Turkic-speaking countries and also to create a market for rollout of films for these countries and regions, independent from western film industry. The International Festival of Turkic Cinema will be held for these purposes.
Tatarstan was chosen as a venue of the first film forum. The decisive factor was the experience of the republic in holding the Kazan International Muslim Film Festival before. The festival is conceived as mobile: it is planned that the forum of the Turkic cinema will be "moved" annually from country to country, so the films will be presented to the widest possible target audience.
Within the framework of the Festival of Turkic Cinema, the festival participants - filmmakers from different countries will take part in the celebration of Nooruz. Within the framework of the forum there will also be a meeting of the executive committee of the Association of Cinema of the Turkic World.
Awards will not be presented at the festival, its current task is enlightenment. The main award will be-people, halls with full of audience, the cinematographers stressed.
Tatarstan will present Yuri Feting's film Bibinur at the festival. Cinematographers of Bashkortostan, Yakutia, Khakassia and Chuvashia will also present Russia at the festival.