Emir Baigazin

Born in 1984 in Alga Province in Kazakhstan, Emir Baigazin studied at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts in Almaty, majoring in film direction and cinema. In September 2007, he studied in the Asian Film Academy (AFA) at the Busan International Film Festival led by Thai director Pen-Ek Ratana-ruang and Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

His debut feature Harmony Lessons (written, directed and edited by) was celebrated its premiere in the Berlinale Competition 2013, where it won a Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution and the Morgenpost Readers’ Award among other recognitions.

Emir’s next full-length feature, The Wounded Angel (written, directed and edited by) has won the International Arte Prize during the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2014. The project was awarded with the Work-in-Progress Prize at the Sarajevo Film Festival. Wounded Angel premiered in the Panorama Special official program at the Berlin international film festival in February 2016. The Wounded Angel received the Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju festival in may 2016 and the Blue Angel for Best Director at the Kosice Art Film Fest in June 2016.