Zhannat is an award-winning writer/director and producer from Kazakhstan.
She studied MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School. Her graduation short film End of Season (2018) premiered at Cannes Film Festival (Cinefondation), won Most Promising Director Award in Tel-Aviv and Best Cinematography Award in Munich.
In 2019 Zhannat got selected for Bela Tarr's directing residency, where she developed and shot a film Paola Makes A Wish (2019), produced by Locarno Film Festival, CISA and Ticino Film Commission. The film got screened at various international film festivals, including Locarno Film Festival, PÖFF Shorts and Sundance Film Festival.
Her latest short film History of Civilization (2020) premiered at Locarno Film Festival in Pardo di Domani section and won silver prize - PARDINO D'ARGENTO. The film is also selected for Toronto International Film Festival.
Zhannat’s debut feature project Mother Tongue got selected for Asian Project Market 2019 (Busan IFF) and won ARTE France’s ArteKino International Award.