15th edition of Kazan Muslim Film Festival: Entries Submission is Now Closed
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15th edition of Kazan Muslim Film Festival: Entries Submission is Now Closed

13 February 2019

Film submissions for the 15th Kazan Muslim Film Festival are now closed with over 400 entries from 44 countries received.

The 15th edition of the festival will be held in Kazan from 24 to 30 April 2019 with the support of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and in partnership with the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group.

Submissions were open from 1 November 2018 to 1 February 2019 and involved the application of a mixed approach comprising uncontrolled flow of entries open for everyone and invitation of certain films meeting the concept of the festival. The Organising Committee also benefited from its international network of experts, who provided valuable recommendations regarding submissions and the promotion of the festival in various regions of the world.

The 2019 edition of the Kazan Muslim Film Festival received film submissions from the following countries: Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Syria, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK, the USA, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

The entries are now processed by the Selection Committee constituted by the team of film critics: Sergey Lavrentyev (head of the Selection Committee, Russia), Nargiz Nureeva (Russia), Sergey Anashkin (Russia), Svetlana Slapke (Germany) and Butsuren Tuumen Ulziit (Mongolia) assisted by Timur Shaykhullin, an Associate Professor of the Russian Islamic University.

The submissions will constitute the shortlist of the 2019 festival as well as its parallel programme, which separate sections to be devoted to Korean, Tunisian, Serbian and African cinematograph. The festival programme will also include special retrospectives of the films by Eldar Ryazanov and Stanislav Govorukhin, a section devoted to the 100th anniversary of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) and a section devoted to the 15th jubilee of the Kazan Film Festival presenting the award-winning films from previous years.

The side-events of the festival will traditionally include meet-the-artist events, workshops, round table sessions, press conferences and the II Forum of the Directors of International Film Festivals. The 15th anniversary of the festival will be also celebrated through a special photo exhibition at the Kazan Kremlin World Heritage site.


Since 2005, Kazan Muslim Film Festival is one of the largest film forums in Russia held annually in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan.  The founders of the festival are the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Administration of the City of Kazan and the Council of Muftis of the Russian Federation. The programme of the festival focuses on Russian and international films promoting the ideas of peacebuilding, intercultural dialogue and tolerance regardless their religious affiliations. The concept of the festival is reflected through its official motto ‘Through the dialogue of cultures to the culture of dialogue’