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
  • Tamás Rebák

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

    November 2020
  • Great fest. Georgios people. Romantique city of Almaty.

    November 2018
  • Interesting young indie festival with great perspectives, we are glad to have been a part of it!

    July 2018
  • Ra chezhian

    NIce indie festival with great events

    July 2018
  • Dheer Momaya

    Almaty is a really cozy, intimate festival and has a varied range of programming. They are quick with their communications. It's great to see such love and passion for cinema.

    July 2018