Almaty Indie Film Fest inspired international film festival breaking ground in Almaty, the heart of filmmaking in Kazakhstan.

The mission of the Almaty Indie Film Festival is to screen the best of low-budget independent film from around the world. The Almaty Indie is a 7-day celebration of talented filmmakers working on shoestring budgets.

The Almaty Indie Film Festival will run every Summer and offer a fantastic opportunity for undiscovered filmmakers to showcase their achievements.

AIFF is non-profit, non-governmental event without:

– any support from the government;

– any discrimination of films and filmmakers on any basis (nationality, residence, profession, sex, age, faith, politics, theme of the film and so on).

AIFF principles:

1) Everybody is equal in front of the arts.

2) No internet screenings – only live screening of the films.

Film Awards:
Feature Film (budget over $50k USD)
Micro-budget Feature (budget under $50k USD)
No-Budget Feature (budget under $20k USD)
Short low budget Film (budget over $5k USD)
Micro-budget Short Film (budget under $5k USD)
No-Budget Short Film (budget under $2k USD)
Female Director Low Budget Short film (budget over $5k USD)
Short Documentary (budget under $3k USD)
Animated Short (budget under $5k USD)
Horror / Sci-Fi Short (budget under $5k USD)
Music Video (budget under $5k USD)

All films and genres made with independent spirit and low budgets.
Rules & Terms
All non-English films must have English sub-titles.
All films must be submitted via Online screeners.
Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the Festival.
Please do NOT send stills or press kits. If your film is selected we will ask you to email us a still image.
You may submit more than one film, but you must complete a separate entry form and pay entry fee for each film.

Overall Rating
  • Ekaterina PROMOTION

    My communication with the festival was terrible. I think the festival was not held in 2021, they collected contributions for 2021 and that's it. Then they were collecting a film for the new 2022, but there was no information about it until the expected start dates of the festival. They do not respond either by mail or on social networks. Until the concerned authors contacted Filmfreeway support, they would have remained silent. There is no list of winners, there were no screenings anywhere (neither online nor in real life). Who is the jury? where is the link to view trailers? None of the authors I know who were selected for the festival received any information. I do not recommend interaction with the festival. I will demand a refund.

    November 2021
  • Tom McPhee

    As a filmmaker who is also a Festival Director I am not sure where to start. Bad communication, no follow up, awful timeline of events, lack of clarity of where events are taking place, and when. We know how hard it is to run a festival. However, this is not how you do it. This is not a filmmaker friendly festival. How do filmmakers actually benefit from being in this festival? The name here on FilmFreeway is one name and then the website takes you to another festival name??? Hey Festival, you want to clear some things up for us?

    November 2021
  • Telio Espinoza

    Excellent festival, an honor to be part of,thank you!

    November 2021
  • Sarah Baur

    Thank you for selecting my short fiction YANA for the 2021 edition!
    Covid-19 made it an online edition, which is always a bit of a different experience. Communication was none the less very swift and professional and I'm grateful to have been part of the festival. I'll happily submit new work in the future.

    November 2021
  • Tamás Rebák

    Hope we can meet in real time once, thank you for the selection!

    November 2020