Originally from Kazakhstan, Zhannat is a London-based writer/director and producer.
She studied MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School with her graduation short film End of Season (2018) premiering at the 71st Cannes Film Festival (Cinefondation).
In 2019 Zhannat got selected for Bela Tarr’s directing workshop, 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 more than 20 film festivals, including Locarno, Sundance, and PÖFF Shorts. It was presented at the NYU Liberal Studies program and featured as a Vimeo Staff Pick and Short of the Week.
Zhannat's most recent short film History of Civilization (2020) won the Pardino d'argento award at Locarno Film Festival. It was also selected for TIFF, Hamptons IFF, Clermont-Ferrand, Les Arcs, Cairo IFF and others. After the festival run, the film was featured as Vimeo Staff Pick, Short of the Week and on the Nowness Asia platform.
Zhannat is currently developing several feature projects. “Mother Tongue” was presented at Asian Project Market, where it won the ARTE development award. “A Winner is Seen at the Start” won three awards at the When East Meets West co-production forum. The project is supported by CNC, Hubert Bals Script and Development fund, BoostNL and Region Sud Co-production development fund (France). "Present Perfect" (Film 4, UK) will be Zhannat’s first English-language film.
She is a Berlinale Talents and TIFF Filmmaker's Lab (TIFF Canada Goose Fellowship recipient) alumna. Zhannat is also a BAFTA Connect, Directors UK and European Women’s Audiovisual Network member. In 2021 she founded her own independent production company - accidental films.