Elnura Osmonalieva (Writer-Director-Producer)
Elnura is a 34-year-old film director and writer from Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. Elnura received the Kyrgyz National Film Award “Snow Leopard” for her documentary Kyrgyzland (2013) and “The Best Auteur Film of Central Asia” for her short Farewell (2009). Her documentary Almaz (2010) was a hit in Kyrgyzstan screening on all TV channels and at all cinema theaters. She is a mother of four and an advocate for art and education. Elnura is currently pursuing her MFA in Film at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts where she is a recipient of Steven J. Ross fellowship.
Chananun Chotrungroj (Director of Photography)
Chananun recently shot the feature film “Karaoke Girl,” as co-director of photography with Sandi Sissel which premiered at the 2012 Rotterdam Film Festival. She received “Best Cinematography” for her first short film, “Sink,” at the 2010 Singapore Short Film Awards, “Best Director” for short film “ Home Coming” at the 2011 Fusion Film Festival, “Best Cinematography” for “Karaoke Girl”at Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards 2014 and “Best Cinematography” from Starpics Thai Film Awards 2014. Her latest works are feature film “Yosemite,” which premiered at Slamdance Film festival 2015 and “Lerato” that got selected for competition at SXSW 2015. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Film at NYU, where she was awarded the Ang Lee Fellowship and Department Fellowship and received Nestor Almendros Award for Outstanding Cinematography by a woman 2013 and 2015.
Tolondu Toichubaev (Executive Producer)
Tolondu is a businessman and philanthropist based in New York City and Kyrgyzstan. He invests in projects in the sphere of medicine and education in China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Tolondu is a co-founder of Oy-Art film production company and the president of the biannual Auteur Film Festival in Kyrgyzstan. He is one of the authors of the “10+” film development program for Kyrgyzstan. He is a founder of contemporary arts TOLON MUSEUM and Bilimkana Foundation that provides quality education where it is otherwise unavailable via schools in rural Kyrgyzstan. Tolondu is married to director Elnura Osmonalieva.
Charlotte Rabate (Producer)
Charlotte Rabate is a French writer/director who lives in New York. Her short film “Lucille in the Sky” premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival where it received a special mention. Her latest short film “Man”, shot in Thailand, won the Amazing Thai Film Challenge. As producer, Charlotte’s film “Love Comes Later” premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and is presently being developed into a feature film. Charlotte earned a Bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, with generous support from the W.T.C. Johnson Scholarship and the Tisch Scholarship.
Stanbek Toichubaev (Associate Producer)
Stanbek is a founder and chief manager of Ashu Guesthouse in Kyrgyzstan whose acting debut in director Elnura Osmonalieva’s short film FAREWELL brought him roles in a number of Kyrgyz films, including SEIDE. Stanbek is a talented producer and actor and his guest house ASHU in Chon-Kemin national park in Kyrgyzstan proved itself to be an excellent hub for a large film crew.
Andrei Nikitenko (Director of Sound)
Andrei studied at the St. Petersburg University of Cinema and Television. He has over 10 years of work experience as director of sound in over 15 films. Currently he lives in Saint Petersburg and is hoping to work internationally.
Myrsini Aristidou (Art Director)
Born in Limassol Cyprus, Myrsini is currently receiving her MFA in Directing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In 2013 she completed her BFA in Film and History of Art, at Pratt Institute in New York. Her latest works include the short film Semele (2015), official selection of TIFF, the short film Patterns (2014), a short documentary shot in Argentina Ma’ (2014), the award winning short film Not Now (2013) (ISFFC 2014 – Best Directing Award), and the short documentary Lost Hopes (2011).
Victor Opekin (Editor)
Victor studied at the Yaroslavl State University in Russia, worked on television and production studios. Directed two films and was a DP on several. Has been working in the industry since 2003. Currently he is based in Saint Petersburg where he lives with his wife and three kids.