2018 Kazan Muslim Film Festival: New International Outlook
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2018 Kazan Muslim Film Festival: New International Outlook

10 May 2018

The 14th edition of the Kazan International Muslim Film Festival to be held from 5 to 11 September 2018 in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia has received over 500 entries. The entries submission is opened until 1 June. The official selection including 60 films and 6 nominations (full length feature, short feature, full length documentary, short documentary, Young Russia and National Competition) will be announced on 1 July.

The 2018 edition transforms the international outlook of the Kazan Film Festival. One of the new features is the US cinema screening, including the Russian premiere of Battle Fields by Anouar H. Smaine starring Sean Stone (the son of film director Oliver Stone). The film had its world premiere at prestigious Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, California.

The presence of Asian cinema in the Kazan Film Festival is increasing this year: Chinese and Indian films are to be displayed in special sections of the out-of-competition programme. A special section will focus on Japanese cinema under the framework of the year of cultural exchange between Russia and Japan for 2018.

The representation of the national cinemas of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in the Kazan Film Festival will be enhanced by special parallel sections with the participation of a Kazakh film producer Aybek Ibraev, a Kyrgyz actor Marat Zhanteliev, a Kyrgyz film director and script writer Ernest Abdyjaparov. The 90th anniversary of an outstanding writer Chingiz Aitmatov will be celebrated through a special retrospective.

The 2018 Kazan Film Festival will also host sessions dedicated to its partners, Turkish World International Documentary Film Festival (Turkey) and Aswan International Women Film Festival (Egypt).

Recently introduced Russia-Islamic World parallel programme will present the films of the member states of Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group.

‘By its 14th anniversary, the Kazan International Muslim Film Festival has achieved the clarity of its concept and message: the discussions of the notion of Muslim cinema and the acceptability of its use regarding film festivals have been now changed by a clear understanding of its international outlook and power of promoting the values of tolerance, intercultural and interfaith dialogue, creativity, peace and reconciliation via smart and intellectual films. In order to enhance our position, we are now widening our horizons, refocusing from an overview of Europe and the East towards broader representation of the world cinema’, comments the executive director of the Festival, the director of TatarKino Milyausha Aituganova.