The Days of Arab Films to be Held at 2023 Kazan Muslim Film Festival
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The Days of Arab Films to be Held at 2023 Kazan Muslim Film Festival

14 February 2023

The Days of Arab Film will be organized within the framework of the 19th edition of the Kazan International Muslim Film Festival to be held from 5 to 9 September in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. This event is one of the results of the cooperation agreement signed between 2023 Kazan Muslim Film Festival and Al Alin Film Festival (UAE).

The cooperation agreement was signed within the framework of Al Ain Film Festival held in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The agreement was signed by the director of Tatarkino, the executive director of the Kazan Muslim Film Festival, Milyausha Aituganova and the director of Al Ain Film Festival, Amer Salmen.

Earlier, in the 2022 edition of the festival, the directorate of the Kazan Muslim Film Festival has also signed a cooperation agreement with the Al Ain Film Festival. However, the new cooperation agreement is more specific and detailed in content.

According to Milyausha Aituganova, the agreement provides opportunities to exchange festival programs, films, and to work on joint projects. In addition, it envisages the Days of Arabic Cinema in Kazan to be held within the framework of 2023 edition of Kazan Festival. 

At Al Ain Film Festival, Milyausha Aituganova also held a press conference dedicated to the upcoming 19th edition of the Kazan Muslim Film Festival.

"For an hour and a half, we talked about the Kazan Film Festival. This is the first time I have encountered so many questions concerning our film festival abroad. It is great to meet such an interest,” commented Milyausha Aituganova.

The questions addressed to her from about 40 representatives of the UAE film industry, festival participants and journalists could be divided into three groups. The first group concerns the concept of Kazan Muslim Film Festival, which motto is through the dialogue of cultures to the culture of dialogue. The second is on the conditions for co-production of films in Tatarstan. The third encompasses administrative questions such as representative offices of the Kazan film festival member countries in Kazan, the process of selecting films for the competition program.

“It is important that Tatarstan is a part of the Russian Federation that plays a special role in Russia's relations with the Islamic world. The importance of the Republic in the political arena as a bridge between the Russian Federation and the countries of the Islamic world was noted during the press conference,” highlighted Milyausha Aituganova.


The submissions to the 19th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival started on February 1, 2023 and lasts until June 1, 2023. The festival will be held from 5 to 9 September with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.