Kyrgyzstan Kicks Off 12th International Short Film Festival

The 12th International Short Film Festival, featuring works from Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Baltic States, and Georgia, commenced on Tuesday in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

The Department of Cinematography, operating under the Ministry of Culture of Kyrgyzstan, announced the festival’s launch.

The festival’s opening ceremony took place at the Manas cinema, offering free screenings of selected short films until April 26.

This year, the festival received over 800 submissions from both local and international filmmakers.

The festival comprises two competitive programs: international and national, showcasing fiction, documentary, animation, and experimental films.

In a statement, organizers highlighted the festival’s role as a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work, exchange ideas, and foster partnerships. They emphasized the festival’s aim to promote moral, aesthetic, and spiritual values through short films.

Established in 2010, the International Short Film Festival of CIS Countries, the Baltics, and Georgia has gained recognition among filmmakers and audiences across the region.



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