YIFF, 2015


Writer, director, producer. He is considered as one of the most acclaimed scriptwriters and directors in Russia. More than 20 of his screenplays have been filmed since 1975. Early in his career he teamed up with acclaimed Russian director Vadim Abdrashitov, with whom he collaborated on eleven films over several decades. The film PLUMBUM was awarded with golden medal at the Venice Film Festival in 1987, and the Mindadze-Abdrashitov duo won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1995 for the film A PLAY FOR A PASSENGER. In 2007 his feature film debut as director, SOAR, was premiered at Venice IFF. This film received two awards, including the film critics award for best debut film in Russia. Second feature film written and directed by Alexander Mindadze INNOCENT SATURDAY was premiered at Berlin IFF in 2011. Mindadze is the unique Russian scriptwriter who was awarded with prestigious ENNIO FLAIANO PRIZE and the SILVER PEGASUS from the Italian Academy of Culture for “Literature’s contribution to the cinema.”

Worked as head of literary part of the theater, the director of the Theater Center “Chersonese” and the International Festival “Young Theatre. Chersonesus games “, the chief editor of the contest of Russian Academy of Cinema Arts” Nika “, program director of the Sevastopol International Film Festival and the Festival of the Russian cinema in Germany” Kinoblik “, editor of the film companies” Central Partnership “,” Studio IV ». Since 2005, she is a co-founder (with A. Mindadze) and creative producer of the “Studio Passenger” film company. Since 2012 she is a General Director of “Studio” Passenger” film company.

Honorary Cinematographer of Russia, Honored Artist of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). His documentaries “Apically of Ollongro” and “Chokhotuy’s Forecast” are Laureates of International Competition of Ethnographic Films (Estonia), «Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival» at American Museum of Natural History in New-York (USA), International Festival of Ethnographic Films, Gottingen (Germany).
His feature film “Balyksyt/Fisherman” was awarded at XIV Open Film Festival of CIS and Baltic countries “Kinoshock” (Anapa), II Prize and Diploma of the Russian Film Festival “Star … star …” (Moscow), Award for the best student film and Golden Statuette at the International Short Film Festival (India).

Writer, critic, curator, chief editor of the magazine “Cinema Art” website. Author of the book “The Birth of Posthuman” (St. Petersburg, 1998) and several books of poetry. From 1998 to 2001, he is a regular contributor to the newspaper “The Lower Depths” (St. Petersburg) and the portal “Art-Piter”. Over the years, worked with the radio station “Deutsche Welle”, taught at the St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television, he worked as a chief editor of the portal “on the wave” (publishing house “at the bottom”), chief editor of the magazine «GQ», chief editor of the magazine ” Men’s Health», PR-director of “Other Cinema” company, press-secretary at the “Central Partnership” film company.
He publishes in editions of “The Art of Cinema”, “Seance”, “Art Magazine”, kinote.info, cinematheque.ru and others. He teaches at the Moscow School of New Cinema.


Soviet and Turkmenian film director, screenwriter and cinematographer, winner of the National Award of the USSR, a holder of the title People’s Artist of the Turkmenian SSR. From 1976 to 1999 he was the chairman of the Union of Cinematographers in Turkmenian SSR and worked at the “Turkmenfilm” studio. Khodjakuli Narliev is a member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts “Nika”. He received an award for his film “thirst quencher”, and he was also awarded best director for the film “Daughter in law”, and got a special prize as the best director for the film “The Tree Jamal” at the All-Union Film Festival. Also, he received a commemorative medal for participating in the Venice Film Festival in the film critics section, and has been mentioned by the jury at the film festival in Locarno. Khodjakuli Narliev also got the order of “friendship of nations” at the International Award of Turkmenistan for the film “Competition”.

Director, screenwriter, producer, Honorary Cinematographer of Russia, Honored Artist of Sakha Republic (Yakutia), member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia “Golden Eagle”, member of the Russian Academy of Motion Picture Arts “Nika”, member of Russian Directors Guild, Chairman of the Union of Cinematographers of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), director of the cinema production center “Arctic Cinema”. He directed several films devoted to Yakut culture: “Middle World”, “Uraankhai Sakha”, “Silis tardyyta (“Roots”)”, “Shaman’s dreams”, “Following Djesegei” and others.

Film critic. Author of the numerous articles published in the “Cinema Art” magazine and other issues. Laureate of “Elephant” award of the guild of Russian film critics’ (2005). In 2013 he received a letter of gratitude and a silver medal from the Vice-President of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). He teaches film history at the Russian Professional Pedagogical University in Yekaterinburg. He is interested in modern Asian cinema. Author of the book “About the films of far and near Asia” (2015).
Head of the Expert group members of NETPAC III YIFF.

Director, scriptwriter, producer. Laureate of the State award named after Toktogul, honored artist of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, a member of the Union of Cinematographers of Kyrgyzstan and the Confederation of Cinematographers Union of the CIS and Baltic countries, the nominee of the Russian Film Academy NIKA in 2010.
Winner of the numerous awards (including NETPAC awards, prizes for best directing, and so on for the films “My brother, the Silk Road”, “Rise”, “Song of the Southern Seas”, “Moving”), participant of the various world film festivals: International Film Festival of Asian Countries ASIATICAFILMMEDIALE (Italy), International Film Festival «Black Nights» in Tallinn (Estonia), International Film Festival “Listapad” (Belarus), Open Film Festival of CIS and Baltic “Film shock”, New York International Film Festival “Eurasia”, International Film Festival in Busan (South Korea ), the 62th Cannes International Film Festival, 52th Berlin International Film Festival, and film festivals in France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Estonia, Hong Kong, Japan and others.

Film expert, professor of Russian language and literature of Gyeongsang National University (Republic of Korea). Multiple jury member in various competitions and international film festivals, including NETPAC of the 34th Moscow International Film Festival, Tashkent International Film Forum of short films, International Competition of the Almaty International Film Festival “Shaken’s Stars”, International Film Festival “The East and the West. Classic and Avant-Garde”.
Currently he is a director of the Institute of Humanities of Gyeongsang National University, a board member of Korean Association of Russian language and literature, Korean Association of Slavic Studies, Film Commission Gengam, moderator of Pusan International Film Festival and KOFIC consultant of CIS and Eastern Europe cinema.