Despite having one of the smaller and younger film industries in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan can boast numerous festival victories over the past 30 years, pointing to a promising future for the Kyrgyz film industry.

Most notably, acclaimed auteur director Aktan Abdykalykov won the Silver Leopard in Locarno with his film Beshkempir (1998) and in 2005, Saratan (dir. Abdyzhapparov), won the Special Jury Prize at the Eurasia International Film Festival.

Today, Kyrgyzstan also has a unique relationship with amateur cinema, these films being ardently supported and even boasting small box office. Films like ‘The Oath’ (2008) created by Osh stuntmen have done exceptionally well nationally, despite low budgets. Kyrgyzstan’s emerging film culture is based on an appreciation for cinema in all forms.