Kazakhstan and Kazakh cinema is becoming well known by the World film community. Several good news about how successful our country was represented at the 24th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), the Chief Advisor of the State Center for Support of National Cinema Anna Katchko reported.
From October 3 to October 12 a festive atmosphere prevailed at Korean Busan. The city, with a population over 3.5 million people, was decorated with banners announcing the program of the film festival and posters with the world cinema stars. Local people love, respect and are proud of cinema. In May, the South Korean director Bong Joon Ho's film “Parasite” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival. And now, up-and-comers and new discoveries announced in world cinema in Busan. Kazakhstan declared itself confidently and very worthily at this iconic film forum.
-The special presentation of the State Center for Support of National Cinema and the opportunities for cooperation with Kazakhstan which I held within the festival’s business program took a strong interest. It was about the law “On Cinema” adopted in 2019, about a system of cash refunds (rebates) assessed at up to 30% introduced in Kazakhstan, as well as about the possibilities of international co-production within the framework of the project pitching announced by the Cinema Center, Anna Katchko shared. As I produced 2 films presented at Busan Film Festival I was invited to make a report and share the experience of producing in the Eurasian region.
It should be noted that the presentation got a number of concerned listeners - producers from around the world. For their part, guests were actively asking questions regarding film production in Kazakhstan.
Also the Asian premiere of the Kazakhstan film "Maryam", directed by Sharipa Urazbaeva was held at the festival, it was previously shown at festival awards in Locarno and Toronto (producer of the film - Anna Katchko).
-There is a completely unique audience In Korea, I have not meet such at other festivals. Viewers always come to film screening in time, at the end everyone remains for Q&A session, which lasts up to 40 minutes and at the same time they ask very interesting and deep questions. And after it a mandatory autograph session with the director comes. In short, such a spectator culture is worthy of respect. The film “Maryam” caused a lot of emotions among the public, Anna Katchko said.
“The Horse-thieves. Roads of time” by Kazakhstan director Yerlan Nurmukhambetov was the opening film of the Busan Festival this year and this shows an interest to Kazakhstan cinema. The film had a great success. Another achievement for Kazakhstan cinema was the special prize of French-German channel ARTE to the project (at the development stage) of Kazakhstan director-debutant Zhannat Alzhanova “Mother tongue”, which was presented as the part of the Asian projects market.