The 13thKazan Muslim Film Festival Shortlists Announced: 60 Films from 27 Countries

The 13th Kazan Muslim Film Festival announces it shortlists: 60 films from 27 countries will compete in 6 nominations.

The shortlisted films fully correspond to the concept of the festival reflected via its official motto ‘Through dialogue of cultures to the culture of dialogue’. The festival selection jury was composed by Sergey Lavrentyev (President, Moscow), Ivan Forgacs (Hungary), Sergey Anashkin (Russia, Moscow) and Adilya Khaybullina (Russia, Kazan).

The 2017 feature film shortlist expands the geographical reach of the festival: 90% of the films are international. Several films from the countries and regions not represented in the previous editions of the festival were shortlisted this year: South Asia (‘Kingdom of Clay Objects’, Bangladesh; ‘Lathe Joshi’, India), Africa (‘The Wedding Ring’, Niger; ‘A Day for Women’, Egypt), The films produced in Iran (‘Off-Key’), Turkey (‘Cold of Kalandar’) and Central Asia (‘Oralman’, Kazakhstan, ‘Breakthrough’, Tajikistan) traditionally represent the major part of the shortlist. One of the most international films in feature film competition programme is ‘Wolf and Sheep’ (Denmark, Sweden, France and Afghanistan).

The only one Russian film entered the feature film shortlist is ‘Sofichka’ by a young film director Kira Kovalenkobased on the works of Soviet and Russian writer and poet FazilIskander.

The films of the Republic of Tatarstan entered short film competition program (‘Imagine’ by Ilshat Rakhimbai; ‘Velojajj. Extraordinary Journey’ by Renat Khabibullin) and Young Russia competition program (‘Redundancy’ by BaibulatBatullin). Moreover, 10 films originated from the Republic of Tatarstan will compete in a newly introduced separate competition programme aimed to Fencourage the development of cinematograph in this region.

“We have quite an exotic shortlists this year”, comments Albina Nafigova, Kazan Muslim Film Festival director of programming. “Asian and African films are taking the major part in the main competition programme. Iran, Turkey, Russia and Central Asia films are traditionally well represented in each of the competition programs. There are several promising films from Afghanistan, Albania and Qatar complemented by European and American cinematograph with their distinctive visions. As regards Russian films, we are proud that the national cinematograph is represented in the festival by variety of films from Siberia to the Volga river region. It is necessary to highlight our new competition program focused on the films created in the Republic of Tatarstan. Overall, absolutely all shortlisted films are worth of attention and I hope that our audience, film critics and media will enjoy them.
The 13th Kazan Muslim Film Festival shortlist are available on the official web-site of the festival:

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.

The festival organising committee received 782 entries from 61 countriesIn 2017, Kazan film festival received 782 entries from 61 countries, including Azerbaijan, Albania, Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Ireland, Indonesia, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Malta, Malaysia, Morocco, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the UAE, Palestine, the Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Shri-Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, USA and Uzbekistan.