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Originally from Kazakhstan, Zhannat is a London based writer/director and producer.  After having completed bachelor degree in Business Administration and master’s degree in Marketing, she worked as a chief specialist in the budgeting department of the petrol company. In 2012 she decided to change her career and become a film director, entering the industry as a set photographer.

 

She studied MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School with her graduation short film End of Season (2018) premiering at 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, PÖFF Shorts and it was also featured as Vimeo Staff pick and Short of the week.

Zhannat's most recent short film History of Civilization (2020) won Pardino d'argento  award at Locarno Film Festival. The film was also selected for TIFF, Hamptons IFF, Clermont-Ferrand, Les Arcs, Cairo IFF and others.

 

Zhannat is currently developing two feature projects. “Mother Tongue” was presented at Asian Project Market, where it won ARTE development award. “A Winner is Seen at the Starts” won three awards at When East Meets West co-production forum – Best Woman Director award (European Women's Audiovisual Network), Pop-up film residency award and Film Centre Serbia development award. The project is also supported with Hubert Bals Script and Development fund and BoostNL. 

 

She is Berlinale Talents  alumna. In 2021 Zhannat  founded her own independent production company - accidental films. She is represented by Anonymous Content

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