Films from the following countries only can participate:

Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Estonia.

Kyrgyzstan - Land of Short Films is an annual film festival held to celebrate short films from the former Soviet Union, Baltic states and Georgia.

In 2011, Kyrgyzstan - Land of Short Films was founded by director, producer, and public figure, Sadyk Sher-Niyaz. The Festival is held by Aitysh Public Fund, Aitysh Film, Cultural cooperation fund Public Fund and the Union of Filmmakers of the Kyrgyzstan from July 12 - July 15. Each year the Festival is held at the Manas Cinema Hall in Bishkek. The official language of the Film Festival is Russian. The Festival accepts all short films (including documentary, animations, and live action) from the former Soviet Union, including the Republic of Georgia and the Baltic states.

The Festival includes two programs—International and National Competition.

Each year the Festival invites 5 Jury Members well-known throughout the former Soviet Union to participate in the Festival Programs.

The Festival Jury selects the final awards for the International and National competitions in the following categories:

Best Film

Best Director

Special Jury Prize

Audience Award

- Film festival accepts films only from the former Soviet Union, Baltic States and Georgia

- The Selection commission consider the films of 2024

- The Selection commission does not consider the films which timing exceeds 30 min.

- Films presented on a festival should not contain promotion of violence, national, racial and religious intolerance, an insult of moral senses of the person.

For participation in selection it is necessary to present the following materials to the e-mail

- The electronic application. The application form can be downloaded here

- Photo of the director

- Stills from the movie 3-5 pcs.

- Biography and filmography of the director

- Link to the film for preview with a password or DVD with the film by mail to the management of the Festival.


625/1 Jibek Jolu street
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Overall Rating
  • Malika Mukhamejan

    Really great festival! Thanks for having me this year.

    December 2018
  • Dmitrii Fetisov

    Great festival! Four days that will remain in my heart forever!

    December 2018
  • Daniels Joffe

    One of the greatest festivals of the year. An absolute discovery. Your film is showed during the day several times. People come to see it, then talk to you. You meet filmmakers from other countries. Great hospitality, networking events, cozy atmosphere. I'm in love with Kyrgyzstan - Land of short films and its team.

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Daniel! Always welcome.