Nikolay Dostal to Head Kazan Muslim Film Festival Jury

Kazan Muslim Film Festival announces its jury members from 11 countries of the world. The president of the jury board is a film director and scriptwriter Nikolay Dostal (Russia).

The Kazan Muslim Film Festival 2017 introduces the system of separate juries for its competition programmes:

The feature film competition programme jury is composed by, the artistic director of International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva (FIFOG) Tahar Houchi (Switzerland), a writer and a film critic Abderrazak Azzahar (Morocco), Dhaka International Film Festival Ahmed Muztaba Zamal (Bangladesh) and a writer and film director Salavat Yuzeev (Republic of Tatarstan, Russia).

Short film and ‘Young Russia’ competition programmes are to be evaluated by: distributor of Iranian movies / specialist in cinema and TV Shahrokhi Alireza (Iran),a film critic Elena Alekseeva (Republic of Tatarstan, Russia) and an actor Orhan Milli (Turkey).

The documentary film competition jury members are a film director and screenwriter Sharofat Arabov (Tajikistan), a film critic Ulvi Methi (Azerbaijan) and Executive Director of the festival in Aswan Hassan Ahmed Mostafa Aboelela (Egypt)

The traditional jury of film critics continues its work with the following memebrs: a TV presenter Kirill Razlogov (Russia), a writer and a member of the selection board of the Moscow International Film Festival Marina Toropygina (Russia) and an editor-in-chief of the Art of Cinema magazine Eugeniy Mayzel (Russia).

In 2017, Kazan Muslim Film Festival introduces an independent jury for media composed by leading Russian and international journalists: ProfiCinema journalist, a depute editor-in-chief of the Russian Union of Cinematographers newspaper Vita Ramm (Lithuania/Russia), a film critic Gulbara Tolomushova (Kyrgystan). and the editor of the department of culture of Efir TV channel Dmitriy Pivovarov (Republic of Tatarstan, Russia).

The films produced in the Republic of Tatarstan will be evaluated in ‘National Cinema’ separate competition programme by a film critic Mirolub Vuchkovich (Serbia),a producer and an actress Diana Safarova (Republic of Tatarstan, Russia) and the director of Festagent Film Promotion Agency Ivan Zolotukhin (Russia).

If any controversial case occurs, the right of casting vote is given to the head of the jury board.

“The number of films in the competition programmes of the Kazan Muslim Film Festival dramatically increases”, comments the director of the festival, Milyausha Aituganova. “For the jury of the festival, the evaluation of up to 70 films during the festival week is becoming more and more emotionally stressful task.  This is why we have decided to introduce separate juries for each of the competition programmes and to increase the number of invited experts to the jury board. We hope that these measures will lead to a more detailed and attentive evaluation of each film participating in Kazan Muslim Film Festival competition programs and will enhance the overall quality of the event”.


Since 2005, Kazan Muslim Film Festival is one of the largest film forums held annually in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. The concept of the festival is reflected through its official motto ‘Through dialogue of cultures to the culture of dialogue’. The festival focuses on films supporting the ideas of peace-building, tolerance and humanity and promoting intercultural dialogue.

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