Years running: 13 (since 2010)


International Film festival of Students` Films and Film Schools "Bastau"


The international film festival of student's films and film schools “Bastau” (ORIGINATION) aims to develop the international cooperation and a cultural exchange between young cinematographers from all around the world.

The festival motto: «The Ethnic culture of the people is the times binding thread».

The festival takes place in the biggest southern city of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in the heart of ancient Silk Way – the city of Almaty, which became a unique cultural bridge between West and East.

The Almaty festival of ethnic cultural films "Bastau" opens the person in culture and culture in the person. This formula unites the cinematographers and the researchers, who express by the means of their film language the values of cultures in their uniqueness and variety.

The official languages of the festival are Kazakh, Russian, and English.

The international competition organized within the frames of "Bastau” IFF will allow the Festival to become the real link, the cinema center for our colleagues from Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and other countries, both Central Asia, and all Eurasia as a whole.

We are sure that our film festival gains popularity and the international weight among the foreign cinematographers from year to year. The festival receives the intellectual and art reputation according to the content and becomes an effective form of promotion of the films for the larger audience. “Bastau” IFF becomes an experimental platform to search for the new film forms, to discover new names and talents, to establish the partnership in today's search of identity and cultural art.


The International Jury of the short films’ competition 

  • Prize for the Best short documentary film
  • Prize for the Best short animated film
  • Prize for the Best short fiction film
  • Special Jury Prize

The International Students Jury of the student short films competition section

  • Grand-Prix for the Best Student short film
  • Special Mention

The International Jury of the debut films competition section

  • Grand-Prix for the Best Film
  • Prize to the Best Director
  • Special Jury Prize
  • Prize to the Best Actor
  • Prize to the Best Actress

The International Jury of the documentary films competition

  • Best Documentary film
  • Special mention


Only European, Asian and American short length feature films produced in 2020-2021 can participate in the competition of the “Bastau” IFF

Once the film is officially selected, the producers of the films shall forward the following documents to the «Bastau» IFF General Directorate:
• Subtitled cue sheet (dialogue lists) in English or Russian;
• Synopsis, promotional materials, press-releases (if available);
• Information for the Catalogue (information on a director, his/her photo and stills from the film). 

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers






Official Website


Дирекция МКФ «Бастау»

г. Алматы, 050057 ул Тимирязева 73-A.

тел.  +7 777 2726015


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    June 10, 2021
  • Deadline
    November 15, 2021
  • Event Dates
    3 — 7 December 2021
Categories & Fees
  • Deadline — free
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