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 and won silver prize - PARDINO D'ARGENTO. The film is also selected for TIFF, Hamptons IFF, Clermont-Ferrand, Cairo IFF and many others.


Zhannat is currently developing two feature projects: Mother Tongue (ARTE France’s ArteKino International Award at Asian Project Market) and A Winner is Seen at the Start awarded by Hubert Bals Script Development Fund, Film Center Serbia development AWARDS, European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA) best woman director AWARD and Pop Up Film Residency AWARD at When East Meets West co-production forum.


Recently, she has served as a juror for Sundance Collab Challenge "Time Capsule". She is Berlinale Talents  alumna. In 2021 Zhannat founded her own independent production company - accidental films.

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