July 25th, 2019 Gulnara Sarsenova was appointed as Acting Chairman of the Board of Non-Profit Joint-Stock Company "State Centre for Support of National Cinema" (Kazakhstan Film Commission).
Gulnara Sarsenova is a film producer, director and scriptwriter. Born on August 6, 1966 in Karaganda, Gulnara Sarsenova graduated from the Kazakh State University, Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK, Russia), and University of Phoenix, USA.
In 2005, she founded “Eurasia Film Production”, a film company that implements international film projects with leading studios in Russia, USA and Europe. At the Busan International Film Festival in 2008, Gulnara Sarsenova became a winner of "Asian Filmmaker of the Year" Award.
In 2005 and 2008, she served as Director General of the Eurasia International Film Festival in Astana; in 2010 – as Director General of the 2nd Kazakhstan-American Film Festival in Almaty.
Gulnara Sarsenova’s first film "MONGOL" was nominated in 2007 for the prestigious “Oscar” of the American Academy of Cinematographic Arts.
“TULIP” film won 23 awards at international film festivals around the world, including “the Asia Pacific Oscar” in the category "Best Full-Length Film of 2008" at the International Film Festival in Brisbane, Australia. “TULIP” won the “Un Certain Regard” Grand Prix Award at the Cannes International Film Festival, Award of The Youth and the Award of the Ministry of Education of France in 2008.
In 2018, “AIKA” film won awards in France, Germany, Turkey, Japan, Hong Kong, and the United States, including the Palme d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival in France, and was shortlisted for the Oscar at the American Academy of Cinematographic Arts for “Best Foreign Language Film”. It also won an Asian Oscar at the Asian Film Festival in Hong Kong.
As a reminder, in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Cinematography” the State Center for Support of National Cinema (Film Commission) was established in March 2019. The main goals are to support national cinema, to raise awareness about Kazakhstan, and to attract investment in film production in Kazakhstan. State Center (Film Commission) will provide state financial support for national films and pay off rebates for foreign filmmakers shooting in Kazakhstan.