Alternativa Film awards

Alternativa Film awards

The Alternativa Film Awards present an alternative system for recognizing professionals from different countries and provide a platform for the exchange of experience. We honor films that bring change to the world and society, while appealing to a wide audience.

  • To find brave, new, unheard voices and amplify them on a global scale.
  • To support filmmakers who need it most by providing resources and networking within the international community.
  • To strengthen the ties between cinema and social change.
The awards evaluate both the artistic merits of the films and their social impact. We seek to find and support films that address important social and cultural topics, and that have a positive effect on the lives of people and local communities.

As an international initiative, the award aims to strengthen cultural ties between various regions. In 2023 we are accepting entries from all the countries in Asia, with a particular focus on Central Asia. You can find a full list of eligible countries in the Awards Rules.

Feature films, documentaries, animation and hybrid films from all Asian countries are eligible for the awards. This year, we are only accepting short films of any genre (including documentaries and animation) from Central Asia. Films must have been completed in 2022 or 2023.

A shortlist of award nominees will be selected by a committee consisting of film critics and journalists, curators, and artistic and programming directors of film festivals from Central Asia and other Asian countries. The winners will be chosen by an international jury of film directors and producers from Asia and Europe, as well as of social activists, community leaders and NGO representatives.

ALTERNATIVA AWARDS 2023 WINNERS

Spotlight

Bride Kidnapping

Mirlan Abdykalykov

Kyrgyzstan

Future voice

Bauryna Salu

Askhat Kuchinchirekov

Kazakhstan

Alter

QORYQPA

Katerina Suvorova

Kazakhstan

Nativa

No Winter Holidays

Rajan Kathet, Sunir Pandey

Nepal

Short Awards

Son of the Sun

Dastan Madalbekov

Kyrgyzstan

Spotlight Special Mention

Sunday

Shokir Kholikov

Uzbekistan

SPECIAL MENTION

Happiness

Askar Uzabayev

Kazakhstan

RESONANCE

QAŞ

Aisultan Seitov

Kazakhstan

Alternativa Film Awards 2023 nominees.
Feature films

12 Weeks

Anna Isabelle Matutina

Philippines

A Childless Village

Reza Jamali

Iran

Bauryna Salu

Askhat Kuchinchirekov

Kazakhstan

Bride Kidnapping

Mirlan Abdykalykov

Kyrgyzstan

COTTON 100%

Michael Borodin

Uzbekistan

HAEIL

Yujeong Noh, Yeeun Lee, Dabeen An, Soyeon Kim

South Korea

Joseph’s Son

Haobam Paban Kumar

India

No Winter Holidays

Rajan Kathet, Sunir Pandey

Nepal

QORYQPA

Katerina Suvorova

Kazakhstan

Sunday

Shokir Kholikov

Uzbekistan

The Prisoner of Wakhan

Janyl Jusupjan

Kyrgyzstan

Tul

Sharipa Urazbayeva

Kazakhstan

Whispers of Fire & Water

Lubdhak Chatterjee

India

Who Is Next?

Nurzhamal Karamoldoeva, Sultan Usuvaliev

Kyrgyzstan

Alternativa Film Awards 2023 nominees.
Short films

A Birdsong

Tolomush Zhanybekov

Kyrgyzstan

Bride Stone

Guzel Duishenkulova

Kyrgyzstan

Dordoi City

Tomiris Orozoeva

Kyrgyzstan

Fairy Tale

Kamila Rustambekova

Uzbekistan

Sary Omir

Rustem Dastanuly

Kazakhstan

Son of the Sun

Dastan Madalbekov

Kyrgyzstan

The Late Wind

Shugyla Serzhan

Kazakhstan

NOMINATIONS

The Alternativa Film Awards are presented in five categories. As we do not want to establish a hierarchy, all awards are equivalent in status and each has a prize fund of $20,000. We also present one special award, which does not come with a cash prize.

FUTURE VOICE

This is awarded to a filmmaker who has the potential to contribute to change, both in the film industry and society in general. The award aims to support new talent and is given for a first or second feature.

SPOTLIGHT

This recognizes a film that shines light on a topic or story that would otherwise have remained below the public’s radar. The award stresses the importance of putting those who are less noticed on the screen.

ALTER

This recognizes a film that encourages social change. The award is given to a film that addresses critical issues (human rights, migration, wars, environment etc.) and has the potential to have an impact on society.

NATIVA

This award goes to a film that touches upon topics of national or cultural identity. The award is given for the representation of a country or a region, and for putting that place or community on the map.

SHORTS AWARD

For a short film produced in a focus region. The award aims to support local talents in their pursuit of new paths.

RESONANCE

A special prize for a film that has achieved outstanding success with an audience outside its home region.

*This prize is not part of the open call, and does not carry a monetary reward.

jury

Vyacheslav
Abramov

Ruslan
Akun

Bayan
Alaguzova

Prasanna
Vithanage

Brillante
Mendoza

Gita Saedi
Kiely

Rintu
Thomas

Ana
Chubinidze

Umida
Akhmedova

SELECTION COMMITTEE

Gulnara
Abikeyeva

Sharofat
Arabova

Aleksei
Artamonov

Rahat
Asangulova

Birgit
Beumers

Philip
Cheah

Irina
Engelis

Sona
Karapoghosyan

Safar
Khakdodov

Valeriya
Kim

Kim
Young-Woo

Olga
Malysheva

Madi
Mambetov

Zarina
Mukanova

Amir
Musaev

Alexandra
Porshneva

Aleksei
Rumyantsev

Dante
Rustav

Swetlana
Slapke

Gulbara
Tolomushova

Sultan
Usuvaliev

Yerzhan
Zhumabekov

Asel
Zhuraeva