Zhanna Issabayeva

Zhanna Issabayeva

Kazakhstan

Biography

Zhanna Issabayeva was born in 1968 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She graduated from the journalism faculty of Kazakh States University in 1991. She has successfully worked as a producer and director since 1993. She is the executive producer of full-length feature films: LAST HOLIDAYS (1996) and ZHYLAMA (2001).

In 2007, she debuted with the full-length feature film KAROY as a scriptwriter, production director, producer and investor. KAROY took part in the Venice Film Festival, “Critics Week”. She was nominatеd for “Best Asian Director 2007” at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. “Best Cameraman Prize” of International Film Festival Khanty-Mansisk, Russia.

In 2009, she completed the lyrical comedy MY DEAR CHILDREN... as scriptwriter and film director. For this feature, she earned the “Special Prize of Jury” and “Press Award” at the “Kinoshok” International Film Festival, Russia.

In 2011, she made the feature length film LOSING INNOCENCE IN ALMA-ATA as scriptwriter and film director and producer (Member of Warsaw IFF).

In 2012, she finished the feature length film TALGAT as scriptwriter and film director and producer (Member of Busan IFF, Hanoi IFF).

In 2013, she directed the feature length film NAGIMA as scriptwriter and film director and producer (World Premiere in “Gala Presentation” of Busan IFF 2013, Berlin IFF 2014 “Forum” program).

Films Selection