The first Bastau International Film Festival was held in 2011, although this festival is over thirty years old! It started as a festival of debut films in Soviet times, back in 1982. Many talented young people became the winners of this festival.

The festival is a way to integrate not only film schools of the Eurasian region but also the leading world film schools and institutions.

Bastau International Festival of student and debut films is aimed at cooperation and cultural exchange between the young filmmakers from around the world.

The main goal of festival is the development of a general professional level of its participants, the support and promotion of their works, the increase of interest in the  creation of films of different genres.

Bastau Film Festival is a unique platform for young filmmakers to realize their own projects.

The main difference of the festival is the spirit of freedom, where the main rhythm is set by the young generation. That’s why, along with the main jury, there is an international student jury.

Besides competitive screenings, Bastau Industry offers the  master-classes of famous film directors and producers, workshops, as well as the retrospective of the world cinema.