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Originally from Kazakhstan, Zhannat is a London-based writer/director/producer..


Her work has been screened at numerous international film festivals (Cannes, Sundance, TIFF, Locarno (Pardino d’Argento award for the Best Short Film), Clermont – Ferrand, Les Arcs, etc); has shown at prestigious institutions such as Barbican Centre (UK), Tate Modern (UK), Art Basel (Switzerland) and The Asian Film Archive (Singapore). 


She is currently developing several feature film projects. A Winner is Seen at the Start, produced by Films de Force Majeure (France) and Accidental Films (Kazakhstan) is supported by CNC, Hubert Bals Script and Development Fund, Region Sud co-production development fund, BoostNL and EWA award. Mother Tongue (France/Kazakhstan) is supported by ARTE Development Award. Present Perfect is in development with Film 4 (UK), will be Zhannat’s first English-language film.


Zhannat holds an MA degree in Filmmaking from the London Film School. She is a Berlinale Talents, Locarno Directing Workshop (mentored by Bela Tarr) and TIFF Filmmakers Lab alumni. She is a member of Directors UK, BAFTA Connect and European Women’s Audiovisual Network.

She is a CEO and a founder of independent production company Accidental Films.

Represented by:

UK Talent Agent:

Jodi Shields at Casarotto Ramsay & Associates

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