Elaine Buckholtz is a Light Installation Artist and Professor of Interrelated Media Art at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts. Her recent work utilizes video and light in relation to sculptural forms, digital prints, and preexisting sites in architecture and nature under the cover of darkness. A significant aspect of her visual work has involved direct experiences and immersive environments for the viewer to engage in – the materials of her work have included light, vision, and perception in relation to objects as large as cathedrals and as small as a pair of glasses. Buckholtz received 2 consecutive MFA’s from California College of the Arts and Stanford University from 2002 to 2006 with the support of The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Her work was recently exhibited at The Minnesota Street Project and Gallery 308 in San Francisco CA., The International House of Japan in Tokyo, Japan, and The Lumiere Festival in London, England. She received a Fulbright Specialist Fellowship in 2018 and the Japan Friendship Commission Fellowship for 2017. Her work is held in the collections of numerous private collectors on the East and West coasts of the US and abroad.
Zhanna Issabayeva is a director, screenwriter and producer from Kazakhstan. In 1991 she graduated from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University with a degree in Journalism. Her movies are Nagima, Karoy, Sveta, Bopem, Talgat, Losing Innocence in Alma-Ata, My Dear Children. She was nominated for an International Critics' Week Award.
Asel is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Asian World Film Festival. She is an integral part of the Festival, managing the structure and strategic content as well as coordinating programming. She also controls Festival sponsorship, overseas promotional activities and is the liaison point between Consulates, Embassies, Ministries and various organizations from the Asian Continent. Asel Sherniyazova has an economic and business educational background and for two years studied in China (Shanghai Organization of Cooperation program), representing Kyrgyzstan on the Cross-Cultural Exchange Program. She is fluent in English, Chinese, Russian and Kyrgyz and is a Co-Founder of a Business Consultancy Company in China, an Investment Corporation in the USA and a non-profit organization in Kyrgyzstan. During 2014 Asel worked on the Oscar and Golden Globe campaigns for the multi-award-winning film Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains which was Kyrgyzstan's submission for Best Foreign Language Film, and every year she helps to guide and consult on films from Central Asia submitted for the Golden Globes.
Yernar Kurmashev is a Kazakhstani film and animated cartoon producer. He graduated from the Satpayev KazNTU as an engineer. He was an intern at the New York Film Academy on the basis of Universal Studios Hollywood in filmmaking. The founder of Kazakhstan's largest visual effects studio in cinema and 3D-animation “Kazakhstan Computer Graphics”, which includes films such as “A gift to Stalin”, “The Sky of My Childhood”, “Return to A”, “Road to Mother” and “The Leader’s Path of Life. Astana”. He was awarded the international prize "Teffi" in the category "Best Animated Feature" for the project "Batyrlar". In 2015, in collaboration with a film director Akan Satayev, he established a film company called “Astana Film Fund” LLP and produced such films as “Hoods”, “Businessmen”, “Vacations offline”, “Sweet Indifference of the World”, “She” and so on. In 2018, “Astana Film Fund” in collaboration with the Almaty City Administration (City Akimat) established an international film festival called “Almaty Film Festival”. This year “Almaty Film Festival” will be held from Septembe14 to September 20 and will present a large number of world and domestic films.
Farkhat Sharipov is Kazakh director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He was passioned by music in childhood and also was playing in rock band Utopia. Farkhat graduated from Kazakh National Academy of Arts as director and sound engineer. After that, he was mastering screenwriting and photography directing in New York Film Academy. His debut is a directing and screenwriting for Tale of a Pink Hare. In 2018 director issued dramatic movie The Secret of A Leader that was awarded for the Best film at Moscow International Film Festival.