A film festival is like a puzzle where every piece plays an essential role, it is a result of a collective commitment generated by the passion and hard work of everyone involved.With a mission to transform the way people see the world through films.
Laura Hamilton and Chairman ECG(Eurasian Creative Guild)Marat Akhmedjanov played a major role to organise the First Eurasian Film Festival in London.Both created a unique platform for communication between British filmmakers and their post-Soviet counterpart.
First Eurasian Film Festival held on 6 to 10 June,2019, in London,United Kingdom. Eurasian film Festival is the only festival in the UK dedicated to films around the world, aims to provide a platform for Central Asian,Asian,Russian and Europoen films in the UK. The Festival showcases films that consistently explore the culture and identity of different nations and countries.
This is first time that London became the centre attraction for directors, producers, actors and designers from Eurasian countries; where, for the first time, the ‘ECG Eurasian Film Festival’ (London) and the third ‘Romford Film Festival’ took place.
First Eurasian Film Festival held on 6 to 10 June,2019, in London,United Kingdom. Eurasian film Festival is the only festival in the UK dedicated to films around the world, aims to provide a platform for Central Asian, Asian, Russian and European films in the UK. The Festival showcases films that consistently explore the culture and identity of different nations and countries.
Despite its infancy, The ECG Eurasian Film Festival gathered over 60 films from 24 different countries. The film program of the festival kicked off with the British premiere of the film “My name is Kozha” by an outstanding classic of Kazakhstan cinema – Abdulla Karsakbayev. During the five days of the film festival more than 1,500 people visited and were shown films from diverse locations such as Kazakhstan, Russia, Italy, Finland, USA, Belarus,Sweden, Germany , Iran, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Canada and the UK.
Guests of the festival also had a unique opportunity to learn about the Eurasian region, not only through cinema, but also through exhibitions of paintings, handicrafts and books created by members of the Eurasian Creative Guild. Two Silk Road Fashion shows, networking round table events and creative meetings were also held within the framework of the ECG Eurasian Film Festival.
On the final day of the festival, and on the largest cinema screen, the award ceremony was orchestrated to adorne the most talented filmmakers for their efforts. This was stylishly conducted in the presence of the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Michael Deon Burton, among representatives of embassies, a wide array of press and esteemed international guests.
Awards and diplomas were awarded for the following:
1.Grand Prix: film ”KADDISH’ Director, Konstantin Fam, (Russia-Belarus)
2.Best Screenplay: the film “MIDNIGHT OF THE SHAH” (Azerbaijan)
3.Best Director: Mahmoud Shoolizadeh, the film “Susan” (United Kingdom)
4.Best Male Role: Wojtek Urbanski, the film “KHARMS” (Russia)
5.Best female role: Dinara Sharipova, “SEA AND THE GIRL” (Kazakhstan)
6.Best non-Eurasian director Hernan Findling, film “IMPOSSIBLE CRIMES”
7.Best trailer for the book Three Distichus – Elena Aslanyan (Armenia)
8.Best Documentary: “DONETSK” (UK)
9.Best director of documentary “ORGANIC SAGE OF INDIA” (India)
10.Best film based on real events “IT’S NOT FOREVER” (Russia)
11.Best Short Film “HEAVEN OF CHILDREN” (Iran)
12.Best script of the short film “MALIBU ALTERNATIVE” (Ukraine)
13.Best male role of a short film; Zura Pirveli, film “BEHIND THE DOORS”
14.Best female role of the short film: Irina Egorova, the film “BLOOD” (Russia)
15.Best Short Film Director: Boris Hayrapetyan “YES! TODAY” (Armenia).
Additional diplomas were awarded to:
1.Best short film visualization, film “Larry’s tavern” PRODUCTION DESIGNER- Tomi Saarijärvi (Finland)
- Audience Choice Award: Best Cast, Film “Ludwig a The Hedgehog” Director: Mger Mkrtchyan (Armenia)
- Audience Choice Award: Best Debut Actress of the Short Film: Ilona Gavrilenkova, film “Malibu Alternative” Ukraine
- Audience Choice Award best director of non-Eurasian short film “This Island”, Dale Lessoway (Canada)
- Audience Choice Award: best film: “Financier” (Kazakhstan) – Producer Yerbolat Baiganin
- Audience Choice Award: Best performing Actor (violinist-actor) – Aleem Kandour , film ”KADDISH’, (Russia-Belarus).
Where you are living does not matter, if you are a film buff, come to Eurasian Film Festival, London every year. You can find and see wonderful films, world Cinema, Oscar nominee films, films in many regional languages of the World, debutant director’s films at one place. Meet here with talented people & film makers, writers, directors, producers, distributors, sales agents, find here new thoughts, ideas and business. WELCOME to New Emerging Film Capital of UK & the World.
ECG has provided a new platform to filmmakers from all over the world where they meet each other and try to find opportunities to jump their borders and get together to collaborate with one another for making films. The ‘Co-Production Meet’ during the festival has played a very significant role in establishing London as the capital of the world cinema.