September 19, 2023
Nikita Lovetsky's Graduation Film received the Top Prize at Baiqonyr International Short Film Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Almaty, Kazakhstan - From September 7 to 11, the Baiqonyr International Short Film Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan, witnessed an outstanding achievement as Nikita Lovetsky's graduation film, titled 'Galina Petrovna,' clinched the award for Best Film. Esteemed film experts and critics unanimously selected Lovetsky's short documentary as the festival's standout.
The Baiqonyr International Short Film Festival is a distinctive cultural extravaganza in Kazakhstan, without parallel in the region. It serves as a pivotal platform for emerging filmmakers, propelling them toward creative greatness and unearthing fresh talent in Kazakh cinema. The festival's primary objective is to promote young, short films among Kazakh audiences.
Nikita Lovetsky's exceptional film garnered the Diploma of the Jury of Film Critics and Film Critics from post-Soviet countries, solidifying its position as the best film at the Bayqongyr Film Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Reflecting on his experience, Nikita Lovetsky shared, 'The festival left an indelible mark on me. The beautiful and sun-soaked city of Almaty, teeming with unique individuals, immersed us fully in the ambiance of film festivals, turning each day into a celebration. Winning the accolade from film critics was an immense surprise. This marks just the beginning of the festival journey for our film, but this initial step for our debut work inspires us to pursue greater heights in the field.'
Synopsis of his short film: For several years now, Galina Petrovna has not left her house in Mayevka Village near Bishkek. There is a cozy blue house with fish garland in which a lonely grandma Galina tells us a story about her ghostly husband who died fifteen years ago. Every day she takes care of the house and even runs a small business. She sells chicken eggs and does laundry for some of her neighbors in her own washing machine. In a house full of pets, Galina Petrovna tells us about her alcoholic husband, pain and a new life after his death.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Nikita Lovetsky, hoping that this award is but the dawn of an illustrious and radiant film career."