Open call for Alternativa Film Awards 2024 from June 17 to August 18

Feature-length films from all Asian countries and short films from Southeast Asia can be submitted. Prizes will be awarded in five categories with a total prize fund of $100,000. The awards ceremony will take place in late November in Indonesia.

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Impact Lab Open call from May 13 to August 5

The Lab is designed for producers and directors from Central Asia whose projects address socially significant issues. The experts from Think-Film Impact Production will train participants on how to build impact seamlessly into film development, production and distribution for maximum social change effect and film success.

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Development Lab Open call from March 6th to April 28th

Creative laboratory for filmmakers from Central Asian countries who want to enhance their screenwriting and producing skills. Participants will develop a film project for presentation to potential partners, international film institutions, and clients and producers in the region.

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The winners of the Alternativa Film Awards have been announced.

The winners of the Alternativa Film Awards have been announced. The Awards were presented to filmmakers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Nepal. A total prize fund of $100,000 was evenly distributed among five categories

The award winners were selected by an independent international jury composed of filmmakers from Asia and Europe and representatives from public organizations.

Alternativa Film Project

The Alternativa Film Project is a new international project to support filmmakers from developing film industries, and to make them more visible on a global scale.

The project is a nomadic initiative that will gradually expand its geography. In 2023, we kick off in Central Asia with three film labs and our first international awards ceremony, to be held in Kazakhstan.

Our mission

To help bring into the limelight those talents whose work can enrich our perception of the world and change it for the better. We seek to transform the world of cinema’s existing status quo by boosting the development of local industries and communities.

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.

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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.

Alternativa Film awards
Alternativa Film awards

Alternativa Film labs

Alternativa offers free educational programs for filmmakers at different stages of their journey, who explore social issues in their countries, and who seek to develop their homeland’s film industry and give a voice to their local communities.

We provide the necessary skills and toolkit to help filmmakers amplify their project’s impact, expand their audience, and tell important stories that haven’t been screened yet due to a lack of knowledge or resources.
They will not only acquire knowledge and experience, but also gain access to a platform for networking and the free exchange of ideas, along with further development opportunities with project partners.
Key players in cinema with extensive industry experience, from the directors of international festivals to successful producers, as well as international experts who know how to come up with and implement strategies which trigger real social change.
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Impact Lab 2024

Bishkek, September 26 – October 1, 2024

The Impact Lab caters for producers and directors of projects that could have significant impact on society by raising sensitive issues such as human rights, the environment, inequality, conflicts and human tragedies.

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Teen Lab 2024

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, June – October 2024

A cinema workshop for teenagers who want to shoot and act in films, and learn how to tell captivating stories through films and videos posted on social networks.

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Development Lab

Bukhara, Almaty, and online
June–November 2024
Open call from March 6 to April 28

Creative laboratory for filmmakers from Central Asian countries who want to enhance their screenwriting and producing skills. Participants will develop a film project for presentation to potential partners and international film institutions, as well as clients and producers in the region.

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MANIFESTO

For us any choice is a path.
We look outside existing frames.
And encourage talents on their journey:

From an inner voice to an international message.
From an unknown author to an unprecedented filmmaker.
From an impossible script to an impactful story to show people
from an unsupported effort to an unstoppable impact on a community.

Our awards celebrate the bravest journeys.
Our film labs foster self-confidence.
From wherever you come from to wherever your film takes us —